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Ron DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, showed up with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” He was there to discuss a number of pertinent issues in his state including vaccine mandates. While speaking with Bartiromo, the topic of police officers possibly losing their jobs all across the country because of vaccine mandates was brought up. Governor DeSantis said that he hoped to sign legislation that could help bring out-of-state police officers to Florida.
The governor started his conversation on this issue by addressing the scientific basis. He said that most of the first responders that have had COVID-19 have recovered. Because of this, they have strong protection and that should influence their decision about their own future.
During his appearance, DeSantis called on police officers across the country, including those in New York, Minneapolis, and Seattle, to relocate to the Sunshine State if they are not being accommodated at their jobs.
DeSantis said, “In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement, and all the jobs, we’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and our sheriffs’ departments.” He also noted that in the next legislative session he was hoping to sign legislation that would give a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida.
“So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle — if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result,” the Florida governor said.
DeSantis called President Biden’s work on vaccine mandates “unconstitutional,” and he promised to fight for Floridians’ jobs. He not only said that what the president was doing was unconstitutional, but that he did not have the authority to do it. The governor also noted that the president was taking away people’s personal choices and this action would wreak havoc in the economy. He believes that even if a small percentage of people end up losing their jobs or voluntarily walking away, the country is going to have huge disruptions in medical, in logistics, and in law enforcement.
Governor DeSantis indicated that the policy in Florida was very clear…nobody in the state should lose their job based on the vaccination issue. People will have a choice that they can make and the state will protect both jobs and livelihoods.
In a very similar story, Indiana has also made promises, according to the Kansas City Star. The state police posted on Twitter this past month telling Chicago police officers that they were hiring. They promised no vaccine mandate, lower taxes, great schools, and welcoming communities.
Mike Braun, an Indiana Senator, released an invitation by tweeting on Tuesday that he was ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department. He said that they were hiring now and people will not face a vaccine mandate. Braun claimed in another tweet on Thursday that his office had already heard from a number of Chicago police who were interested in serving Indiana residents.
This is all taking place as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that all city workers who haven’t received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine by November 1 will lose their jobs. These officers will not even have the choice test regularly for COVID, according to the mandate.
One New York City police union said it is preparing to take legal action against the city. They called the de Blasio administration’s vaccine rollout haphazard and said that the police have fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, but they also have been protecting their right to make that personal medical decision in consultation with their own doctor.