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Progress Florida Blog

By Ray Seaman - September 23, 2021
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis will be the keynote speaker at an event in Tampa being hosted by the Job Creators Network. While this organization states it works on behalf of small businesses, the reality is that it is a right-wing astroturf organization with numerous ties to billionaire donors to Donald Trump, including the Mercer family, that works to keep taxes low and wages for workers lower for the largest corporations in America.
By Mark Ferrulo - September 2, 2021
Senator Rubio has been in office for more than a decade now, but based on his voting record in Washington, it’s unclear what he’s actually done for Floridians.
By Damien Filer - August 30, 2021
Today, Senator Marco Rubio makes a stop in Iowa for a presidential campaign in 2024 whose only constituency seems to be the Senator himself and his paid consultants. This marks another example of Marco Rubio running away from doing his job in order to advance his own personal political ambitions at the expense of the people of Florida and at a time when our state is in crisis.
By Damien Filer - August 13, 2021
This week, Florida broke a record for the amount of Floridians hospitalized due to coronavirus, parents across the state nervously sent their children back to schools where mask mandates had been banned, and red tide continued to cause fish kills along the west coast. With the state in crisis, where will Governor Ron DeSantis be this weekend?
By Mark Ferrulo - August 11, 2021
Under the American Rescue Plan, President Biden has made it even easier to get health insurance by extending access to silver plans for no cost to anyone who has received unemployment assistance in the last year.
By Damien Filer - July 30, 2021
This morning, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference inside a packed restaurant in Cape Coral to once again contradict scientific guidance on safety protocols amid a global pandemic. In response to this stunt, Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo and Florida Watch Executive Director Josh Weierbach issued the following statements:
By Damien Filer - July 16, 2021
As numerous crises continue to rage here in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, along with Attorney General Ashley Moody and Senate President Wilton Simpson, announced today they will be traveling to the border for a photo-op tomorrow.
By Mark Ferrulo - July 15, 2021
Today, 3 million Florida families will start to see child tax credit payments hit their bank accounts. It’s part of the American Rescue Plan, which was delivered by President Biden and Congressional Democrats to get the economy back on track and rebuild the middle class.
By Damien Filer - June 29, 2021
Progress Florida and Florida Watch today unveiled the 2021 “People First” Report Card grading lawmakers on many of the most prominent floor votes cast during the 2021 legislative session. The grades took into account votes across a wide spectrum of issues including affordable housing, health care, public schools, voting rights, reproductive freedom, and clean energy and water.
By Damien Filer - June 22, 2021
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Fort Myers where he signed HB 233, a continuation of his focus on fighting the culture war and manufactured problems rather than offering solutions to the real issues facing Floridians.

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