Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is proud of a few things, and rightly so.
First, DeSantis ended all COVID-related restrictions and lockdown measures on July 1st, 2021, completing the job he started in September 2020.
The legislation, passed by the Florida Legislature last week, bars state and local governments from shuttering businesses and schools during health emergencies and bans “vaccine passports.”
Second, that while the rest of North America heads for a massive recession, Florida accounted for almost half of all job growth in America in September.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity showed Florida’s job growth was close to half of all new jobs for September 2021 in the United States.
On Oct. 8, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a national job growth of 194,000 in September 2021. Florida alone had 84,500 new jobs that same month. The job growth in Florida is equal to 43.5% of jobs added in September across the U.S.
Now, Governor DeSantis is enticing police officers from jurisdictions with vaccine mandates a $5,000 bonus to relocate to Florida.
And he’s not alone.
Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy is also offering law enforcement a mandate-free haven, albeit without the $5,000 bonus.
“Across the country, members of law enforcement are being targeted & even fired for refusing to either get vaccinated or disclose if they have been. Alaska’s law enforcement community invites you to consider the 49th state where we back the blue.”
Indiana Senator Mike Braun is encouraging disaffected Chicago cops to move there.
“Indiana’s police departments are hiring now and will welcome you with the respect you deserve. My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate. Welcome to Indiana!”
Steve Scheckel, chief of police in Munster, Indiana, said the same thing.
“From the governor on down, in Indiana, we support our law enforcement. I think there’s a clear contrast between what’s going on in the city of Chicago right now and what’s happening in the state of Indiana.”
“We’ve been seeing more and more Chicago police officers when we do an emergency hire, which is basically a lateral transfer. They already have the academy.”
“Here in northwest Indiana, in Munster, we have one of the top rated school systems in the state. Officers can send their kids to public school. It’s a low-crime community. Even though we’re 30 minutes from Chicago, we’re rated one of the 10 safest cities in the state of Indiana. So, it’s really just a step across the state line to a better life for the officer.”
This recruiting focus on Chicago police officers is due to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s edict ordering all city employees to provide proof of vaccination or lose their jobs.
Of Chicago’s 12,770 police employees, only 64% (8,227) reported their vaccination status. That leaves 4,543 Chicago cops with a choice to make – either submit to Mayor Lightfoot’s unconstitutional demand or find another job.
When jurisdictions both near and far are ready to welcome Chicago’s disaffected police officers with open arms – and Florida offering a $5,000 relocation bonus – the choice for many should be simple.
Bye-bye, Mayor Lightfoot.