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And the current system already provides benefits to just 22 percent of the unemployed people in Florida, said Karen Woodall, interim executive director of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a think tank in Tallahassee that focuses on issues for low- and middle-income families.

"We don't have a fluffy-guffy system here," she said. "It's difficult to access benefits."

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