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11:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Crist, Others Fed Up With Florida's Glitchy Unemployment Website

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A U.S. senator, a Boca Raton lawmaker and a former Florida governor are demanding answers about why a new website is still tying up unemployment benefits for thousands of out-of-work Floridians.

The state's $63 million unemployment website, CONNECT, has been plagued with technical glitches since its Oct. 15 launch. Complaints have been flooding into the offices of Gov. Rick Scott and the Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees the website. But the state agency won't explain what the problems are.

Scott's 2014 challenger for governor, Charlie Crist, is joining U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton in calling for an investigation.

The CONNECT website is supposed to process claims for roughly 230,000 eligible unemployment recipients.

For more on this story, visit MiamiHerald.com.