Florida faces an unemployment rate over 12%. Many Floridians have been out of work for a year or more. Some have given up looking for work out of frustration.
We need a combination of lower taxes and incentives to bring new businesses to Florida and to allow existing businesses to hire again. We can create jobs by developing our energy resources while also lowering the cost of energy, which in turn will also free up more dollars for businesses to grow.
We also need to examine our state university and county community college curriculums to ensure they are offering students classes that will allow them to compete in the 21st Century job market.
Lower Taxes/Smaller Government
We need to lower taxes, shrink the size of government and eliminate fraud and waste. We need to go to Zero-based budgeting, where all expenditures must be justified each new period, as opposed to only explaining the amounts requested in excess of the previous period’s funding.
In addition a full audit of all state agencies and departments is necessary to find inefficiencies, waste and fraud so that we can eliminate them and close our budget shortfall.
We need to remind Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. that the money they spend in such a cavalier manner isn’t theirs, it belongs to the taxpayers.
I will fight to greatly reduce property taxes. A small sales or consumption tax would broaden the tax base to all Floridians, as well as to tourists and illegal immigrants, who also use our public services. However, I will only support a bill that enacts the consumption tax after the property tax reduction has been instituted.
We also need to reduce corporate taxes and unnecessary regulations that prohibit businesses from expanding and hiring, and prevent new businesses from opening.
I favor a use it all approach to energy. Florida has vast energy resources and energy potential. We should be drilling for oil and natural gas off our Atlantic and Gulf coasts, in an environmentally responsible way. Florida also needs to encourage the private development of efficient and economical solar, wind and tidal power generation, or other new energy sources, as well as building nuclear power plants to carry us into the next century, with clean renewable sources of electricity.
The last oil refinery completed in the United States was in 1976. Many of our nation’s existing refineries are in disrepair and do not operate at full capacity. We will bring more jobs to Florida, lower the cost of gasoline and refine more crude oil safely and efficiently when we build a new refinery here in Florida.
Florida should be a leader in energy research and production. Once in Tallahassee I’ll work to make Florida a literal powerhouse state.
Without question, healthcare and health insurance reform are issues that the states must address. The solutions are simple and can only be tackled by state legislatures. The federal government has usurped the rights of the states and the people with Obamacare and still hasn’t solved the problem. If elected to the State House I will work to solve the problem in ways that are practical and constitutional.
We need to cut out the mandates that contribute to the high cost of health insurance. A 45 year old woman, shouldn’t have to be covered for a prostate exam anymore than a man, of any age, should have to be covered for a pap-smear.
We should create a statewide health insurance market that allows defined contributions toward health care coverage.*
We should also use the state’s power to regulate commercial insurance to create a new hybrid insurance market for employer-sponsored coverage through plans that are individually chosen and owned by workers.*
In addition we must reform the Medicaid and SCHIP programs by redirecting these funds, for otherwise healthy recipients, to private institutions to reduce the use of emergency rooms by Medicaid and SCHIP recipients.*
Next we have to enact meaningful TORT reform measures so that good doctors won’t be driven out of business by outrageous malpractice insurance rates and frivolous lawsuits.
Finally, we must work with the other states to allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines, if they choose.
* From the Heritage Foundation’s “2010 Guide to State Healthcare Reform”
Homeland Security starts with state, county and local agencies and governments. Our police, fire fighters, paramedics and all first responders are on the front lines of homeland defense. We need to ensure they have sufficient training and adequate resources to be prepared for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. We must ensure that there is proper communication and coordination between local, county, state and federal agencies in order to prevent and respond to major incidents.
The Tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. The United States Constitution is a limiting document and a contract between the People, the States and the Federal government.
Washington has been overstepping its powers for decades now, under both political parties. It is past the time legislators in Tallahassee do their duty and protect the rights of the People and the State of Florida. I will honor my oath of office and not propose or vote for any bill that violates either the Florida or U.S. Constitutions.
Our education system is the key to the future of our children, our state and our nation. The federal government has become far too involved in what is a state and local issue. I believe that the billions of dollars that the U.S. Department of Education squanders each year would be far better spent by disbanding that lumbering bureaucracy. The states and local communities are much more qualified to decide how to spend our education dollars and to set standards and curriculums. I will work with members of Florida’s congressional delegation to achieve that goal.
In addition, American history has been distorted and in many cases has been completely rewritten by progressives that want to create a narrative that paints the United States as an evil, colonial power that has been a destructive force in the world, rather that the great force for good and freedom that it truly is. Take a look at the history books that our schools are using to teach our children and you will see what I mean.
Science and math are obviously vital keys to success and should be stressed. But the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights should all be required parts of every child’s education as well.
I believe that we need conservatives in Tallahassee that will fight to restore our schools and work with teachers to ensure that our children will know their nation’s history. We must also strive to bring all our public schools, colleges and universities to a level that will ensure that our children will be equipped to compete in the world and in today’s competitive job market.
Barring proven instances of physical abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, or other extenuating circumstances I believe that both parents in a divorce/custody case should be given equal custody of their children.
I have long thought that a mother automatically receiving primary custody of a child was wrong, and a form of reverse chauvinism. Mothers and fathers have every right to have equal access to their children regardless of whether they are married.
The current system has led to a cottage industry for lawyers, doctors, forensic experts and many more newly created layers of bureaucratic professionals. This is supposed to be about what is best for the children, not what will make money for “experts”.
I would favor legislation to give both parents equal custody assuming there are no legitimate accusations of abuse, or other pertinent extenuating circumstances. In addition, Florida must work with the other states to ensure reciprocity. We can’t have parents running to other states in an attempt to circumvent custody agreements which have been adjudicated in Florida.
Children should not be used as pawns in a divorce dispute, nor should they be deprived of the love and nurturing of both their parents without cause. I will work to ensure that our laws don’t allow them to be.
Illegal immigration is very much a state issue. It costs Florida billions of dollars and poses a threat to our state and national security. When elected I will sponsor a bill modeled on the one that Arizona’s legislature passed and their governor signed into law. It is not unconstitutional, anti-immigrant, racist or un-American to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Our city, county and state law enforcement should enforce our existing immigration laws, since the federal government is failing in its duty to do so. No nation can be sovereign if its borders are not secure.
Tallahassee has raided the firearms permit trust fund and Washington, D.C. wants to deny you your Second Amendment rights. I will fight to protect the right of every law-abiding Floridian to own and carry legally obtained firearms.
I believe our right to bear arms is something we are born with. It is not granted to us by the government, it is an unalienable right, and one that the United States Constitution guarantees to us. The Second Amendment is not open to interpretation. The founders intended for law-abiding individuals to have the right to be armed, not just for sport and hunting, but for self defense and to protect ourselves from tyranny. The founders made the right to bear arms the Second Amendment, because it is this right that ensures all of our other rights.
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