DeSantis offers unvaccinated police officers $5,000 to relocate to Florida

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The Governor announced that the state is suing the federal government to allow cruises to resume in Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., announced plans to enact legislation that would give unvaccinated, out-of-state police officers that were fired for refusing to follow their state’s vaccine mandates $5,000 to move to the Sunshine State.

DeSantis told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Features” that Florida is going to recruit out-of-work police officers who were fired in other states for not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Gov. DeSantis told law enforcement who will be fired for not following their government’s vaccine mandates, such as first responders in New York City who protested by the thousands on Oct. 25, that they should relocate to Florida where they will be treated better.

“We’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments,” said DeSantis. “So, in the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida.”

New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Chicago police departments must be vaccinated, or they will be placed on unpaid leave, according to local mandates.

“NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a result,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis’ office clarified to The Hill that all law enforcement officials who wish to relocate to Florida, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated, would be eligible to receive the proposed $5,000 bonus.

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez tweeted that the thousands of first responders in New York City, who protested throughout the city this week over Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandates, should relocate to Florida “because of unconstitutional federal overreach.”

The governor’s comments come amid the Biden administration’s Covid-19 mandates, which require all federal workers and private businesses with 100 or more workers to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, or they will be terminated from their jobs.

The Florida governor threatened to sue the Biden administration earlier this month when telling the press that Florida would contest any mandate from Biden’s administration and that lawsuits would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In Washington state, nearly 1,900 state employees have quit or been fired over not complying with Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccine mandates. In New York City, Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the 46,000 unvaccinated city employees to get their first dose of the vaccine by Nov. 1 or they will be put on unpaid leave and fired. In Los Angeles, city workers have until Dec. 18 to get vaccinated or they will lose their jobs.

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