Florida is reporting a dramatic decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities. But don’t get too excited: Monday’s numbers are always low because reports slow down over the weekend — it takes a day or two to catch up.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers to hold a Special Session after the November election to pass a bill cracking down on social justice protesters … but Democrats in the Legislature say he should use that time to fix a broken unemployment system that hasn’t worked since it was created almost a decade ago.
— Speaking of unemployment, opponents of Amendment 2 on the November ballot are using all sorts of hyperbole to describe the proposal raising Florida’s minimum wage by a dollar a year until it reaches $15 an hour. They call it a ‘job killer.’
— But Rep. Anna Eskamani says it was the Legislature that inspired Amendment 2. Republican leaders bent over backward for business lobbyists, she says, while ignoring low-wage workers who are the core of the labor force, especially those in the hospitality trade.
— Eskamani replies to the parade of horribles from the opponents of the minimum wage amendment.
— And finally, we check in with Florida Man … the beer.