Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSunday shows preview: CDC signs ‘mix and match’ vaccine boosters Referee parties with Tennessee families in mask mandate fight GOP leaders escalate fight against COVID-19 vaccine mandates MORE (R) said Sunday that he is seeking to pass legislation that will give a $ 5,000 bonus to police officers moving to Florida where they can avoid vaccine mandates.
DeSantis told host Maria Bartitomo on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that Florida is “actively working” to recruit law enforcement officials from other states who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are actually actively working on recruiting outside of state law enforcement because we have needs in our police and in our sheriff’s departments. So at the next legislative meeting, I will hopefully sign legislation that gives a $ 5,000 bonus to any law enforcement outside the state that moves to Florida, ”DeSantis said.
“So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you are not treated well, we will treat you better here. You can meet important needs for us and we will compensate you as a result, ”he added.
The governor’s comments come amid his escalating conflict with the Biden administration over its impending vaccine mandate, which will require companies with 100 or more workers to require vaccines or weekly tests.
DeSantis announced last week that he is convening a special session of state legislators to combat vaccine requirements.
The governor said Sunday that Biden’s mandate is “unconstitutional”, adding that it will “ruin the economy” because of the potential for employees to leave or lose their jobs.
“And then in Florida, our policy is very clear. We need to have a special session and we want to say that no one should lose their job because of these injections. It’s a choice you can make. But we want to make sure we protect your jobs and your livelihood, ”said DeSantis.
The governor also claimed that most of the first respondents had previously had COVID-19 and recovered, “so they have strong protection.”
“And then I think it affects their decision about a lot of this that they’ve already had it and have recovered. And they do not make room for that. They still pretend it doesn’t even exist. And it’s really, really worrying when you see it, ”DeSantis added.
In recent days, there have been reports that employees have quit their jobs or been fired for not complying with vaccination mandates.
Washington State’s Office of Financial Management announced last week that nearly 1,900 government employees have either quit their jobs or been fired for failing to comply with Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Health Care – Presented by Carequest – Boosters take a big step forward Fired WSU football coach sues school over illegal dismissal Nearly 1,900 Washington state employees quit, fired over vaccine mandate MORE‘s (D) COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Chicago is also in the middle of a high-profile dispute with the city’s main police association over its vaccine mandate.
Bakken contacted DeSantis’ office for more information.