After nearly eight years in power, Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leadership’s economic policies have failed to deliver for everyday Floridians. Instead of making smart investments in our communities that will create jobs and increase pay, Gov. Scott and the legislature have been irresponsibly squandering our tax dollars and undermining our economic potential as a result.
It’s time to stand up and fight back for a Florida that works for all Floridians. It’s time to Awake The State.
The massive tax breaks doled out to corporations for the last eight years have cost our state billions in lost revenue, are unjust, and further rig the game for big-money special interests. Meanwhile, critical needs in our economy, education, health care, the environment, and infrastructure remain urgent...and unmet. Here’s what Florida looks like after eight years of what is known as “Rick’s Recession”, and why we need to Awake The State to move our state in a different direction:
- Jobs: More than half of Florida’s counties have actually lost jobs since 2008. Job growth in our state since 2007 has been half the national average, and more than 580,000 new jobs still need to be created in Florida in order to reach 2008 levels.
- Education: Florida ranks 41st in the nation in spending per student according to Education Week. We have barely recovered from the deep cuts made to public education since the recession, and adjusting for inflation we are far behind in the investment we should be making in our children.
- Health Care: Florida ranks 48th in the nation in health insurance coverage according to the Census Bureau. Two million Floridians are without any health coverage partly thanks to Gov. Scott and his legislative allies’ obstruction of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.
- Our Environment: Gov. Scott and his legislative allies have regularly snubbed the will of Florida voters and diverted funding intended for land and water conservation while denying climate change and standing in the way of a fracking ban.
And this is just a short list. Join us in your community as we kick off Florida’s 2018 legislative session and advocate for a state budget and an economy that works for every Floridian, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Everyday Floridians are fed up with our rigged economy and politicians balancing the budget on the backs of hardworking Floridians. Let’s Awake The State on the first day of Florida’s legislative session and show our representatives in Tallahassee what a Florida “for the people” really looks like.