The most recent economic numbers just came in from the Labor Department, and on paper it looks pretty good. The jobless rate just fell below under 4% for the first time since 2000; we’ve now had 91 months straight of job growth (thanks Obama). But the problem isn’t about the number of jo …
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Currently in Florida, many teachers acknowledge that they are spending 25% of their instructional time prepping for the FCAT or the FSA. That’s time that could be spent on our students and on their actual subject matter.
By doing away with the FCAT and the FSA, we can give our teachers the opportunity to focus on teaching their subject plans, and we’ll be giving our students a leg-up on their future.
After years of being ‘tough on crime,’ we have nothing to show for it except tens of thousands of non-violent offenders locked up unncessarily and massive bills to the for-profit prison industry.
We need to reform our criminal justice system so that we don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to err on the side of imprisoning people and actually reform our inmates so that non-violent offenders are able to re-enter society after they serve their time.
As a parent, I have been faced with more than a handful of unexpected healthcare bills within the first year of my children’s lives alone. I have been handed a $1900 bill after taking my daughter to the hospital at the recommendation of her pediatrician. That was after our health insurance offered coverage. I’ve seen friends lose their battles to cancer and addiction because they couldn’t get the coverage they deserved.
Families should not have to worry about bills when it comes to the health and wellness of loved ones. Families should not have to decide whether or not they’ll take a loved one to seek medical care because they will not be able to afford the treatment.
It’s been proven time and again that expanding Medicaid both reduces everyone’s health insurance costs and boosts the economy. It’s time we take that to heart.
If Florida were a nation, we’d be in the G-20. We have the opportunity to become a true, global, economic leader. There are simple, common sense solutions that we can take to improve our economy, enhance opportunities for small business, and grow jobs.
It’s time we start investing our resources in ideas that work, like the Florida Growth Fund. Our economy cannot grow simply by offering tax breaks as incentives to lure companies to Florida. It’s not enough.
We need to cultivate new opportunities for businesses to thrive throughout the state. We need to give them the tools to not only to open their doors in Florida, but to expand, grow and hire more team members.
And, as a rising tide raises all boats, we need give our families more working hours and higher wages for their time worked. That’s why I’m behind raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
What we need is a government willing to take action to ensure our jobs, homes, drinking water, and communities are protected.
When a hurricane is on the horizon, we all go to the stores and stock up on the necessities to prepare in the event of the worst. The same should go for our state. It’s time we take the necessary precautions to ensure our children have a safe home here in the state of Florida for generations to come.
If we imposed a $40 tax on each metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions, we’d simply be stopping subsidies to dirty energy and forcing them to compete side-by-side with renewables on a fair playing field. We could in turn invest the additional revenue into our schools, protecting our natural resources, and helping our businesses grow, all the while saving the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.