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Emails show disCONNECT between top state officials and unemployed


By now, the failures of Florida's $63 million website, CONNECT, are well know. Thousands of workers had to wait weeks and months to get claims paid because of glitches. The agency in charge, the Department of Economic Opportunity has fined the contractor nearly $500,000 because of the defects. The feds had to intervene.

But in the days following the launch, top DEO officials insisted that CONNECT was a success, despite getting reports from around the state that unemployed workers couldn't log on the new site.

Emails obtained by the Times/Herald depict Gov. Rick Scott's economic development agency in denial.

Read story here.