Gov. DeSantis decided not to talk about the COVID-19 crisis — at least not to the media — by skipping the usual briefing. That was fine with Sen. Jason Pizzo, who says he’s tired of the BS over Florida’s failed unemployment compensation system and the fundamental lack of human empathy from some of Florida’s top officials.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Pizzo speaks his mind.
— Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a U.S. Senate committee, warning about the danger of reopening states too soon. He says it could kill more people and do even more damage to the economy. Florida also got a shoutout during that hearing from the head of the CDC.
— Attorney General Ashley Moody says Floridians have received nearly half a million dollars in refunds from businesses accused of inflated prices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Florida State University will spend more than $400,000 to fund 26 projects that address questions related to coronavirus. Research will try to explain the effects of COVID-19 and investigate how humanity can cope with the changes brought on by the disease.
— The Florida Citrus Commission will spend more money advertising the state’s citrus crop, especially orange juice, which has become more popular during the pandemic. They’ll be using money from the travel budget because no one at the commission is traveling anymore.
— Checking in with Florida Man and his better half, who is accused of stabbing her husband with a screwdriver to protect her sister.