Florida Senate passes increases to jobless benefits

Despite opposition from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida senators plowed ahead with a proposal to increase state unemployment benefits, which are among the lowest in the nation.

The Senate on April 22 voted 40-0 to approve a bill (SB 1906) that would increase maximum weekly payments from $275 to $375 and add more weeks in which benefits would be available. The vote came days after DeSantis voiced opposition and the House rejected efforts to boost benefits.

“This is a good moment for us,” Senate…