JUST WORK - Barriers that Keep People with Records from Full Workforce Participation Cost Florida More
7 September 2022
• Florida can bolster its workforce and address its labor shortage, while maintaining public safety, through legislation that removes bureaucratic barriers to people entering the workforce, diverts people from involvement in the criminal justice system, and “sunsets” old records for individuals who have completed their obligations to the state and lived without further contact with the justice sys. [...] This shortage hampers the productivity of business while contributing to inflation and rising wages.6 Unlocking pathways to work – by removing government regulations that restrict entrepreneurship and employment, by incentivizing people to work or study while involved in the justice system, and by reducing the number of Floridians involved in the criminal justice system – will strengthen Florida b. [...] The reduction in purchasing power of people who are unemployed due to a record results in $15 billion in lost retail sales and $900 million in lost sales tax revenues.11 Combined with lost productivity, these figures suggest that the full economic cost of policies and practices that exclude people with records from the workforce easily exceeds $40 billion each year. [...] Policymakers can create processes to reduce the impact of stigma by sunsetting old records after a person has completed their obligations to the state and lived without further contact with the justice system for a set period of time. [...] A voluntary association of diversifi ed businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.