Florida is one of those states that failed to support workers with job security. In a state, where the "right-to-work" law has existed for decades, working a job, does not mean keeping a job.
With layoffs, and the fight for unemployment benefits, men and women have always found the job opportunities in Florida to be difficult.
In 1993, the layoffs in Brevard County for NASA workers, sent engineers to Orlando seeking minimum wages in the entertainment parks.
The state RELIED on retirees bringing their pensions and purchasing homes. The few good paying jobs, did not cover any majority of employees, that yearned to do better.
New construction for retirees was the boom that kept the tax base thriving, as more families moved in to take care of the elderly. No substance, no promise, no future for graduates that thought about staying.
As the traffic headed north, the dreamers headed south. The brunt of victims that were thrown into the system needing help, started to grow as the elderly lost their homes and no one cared for them. The unemployed were glad to lie down at night in the parks and not worry about the frigid temps.
The construction market collapsed, leaving a skinny tax base to survive on. Moving to Florida is now not a hope. Leaving Florida, is always a better idea.
The legislators do NOT want anyone in the state, that cannot come to the table with money in their accounts already. No slackers....no dreamers, wanted.
For those that are stuck, w/o the bus money to leave, some counties are handing over a ticket to "somewhere". As the rest of the poor souls left w/o hope of survival, they will take what they can....and leave the streets a very scarey walk in the dark.
Cost-of-living expands as the need for jobs, stays a wishful dream.
To see the numbers of children not having a bed to sleep in, where Universal and Disney cater to the minds of youth, is a shameful display of a state that does not care.