“It’s a sh-- sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” said one DeSantis advisor. “It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”
Republicans in the Legislature share the blame, said Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Miami Democrat.
“Rick Scott is the most culpable human being when we look at who’s responsible for the failed system,” Rodriguez said. “But I don’t know of any Republican who resisted these efforts to make Florida the most Scrooge-like state in the nation.”
Thousands are struggling just to apply for unemployment benefits.
To add insult to injury, the site cost taxpayers $77 million, $14 million more than originally estimated.
State auditors detailed those problems in a 2015 audit. An audit in 2016 found the state failed to fix many of the problems they had flagged.
Last year’s audit was essentially a repeat of 2016′s audit, since nothing had been fixed.
State auditors found the site still had more than 600 system errors waiting to be fixed, but state officials had no process to evaluate and fix them.