During my first two years in office, I worked with my colleagues to help pass $1.3 billion in lower taxes for working families, small businesses, and active military and veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country. I will continue to work to keep taxes low because hard-working families deserve to keep more of what they earn.
As a small business owner, I know first-hand the challenges of meeting a payroll and dealing with burdensome regulations. We need to eliminate outdated regulations and government overreach so we can continue to grow jobs. I am committed to nurturing a sustainable business friendly climate that grows our jobs and and attracts new 21st Century business opportunities.
Promoting career focused education tailored to our individual communities prepares our children to succeed in the 21st Century economy and helps us grow a sustainable workforce here in South Florida. Encouraging our business leaders to bring ideas and financial support to our local schools enables parents and teachers to make good educational decisions for our kids. As a legislator, I fought for record per-student spending and greater transparency in school spending. I remain fiercely committed to creating world-class public education and post-secondary education and vocational training programs.
Students must be safe in our schools and parents should have peace of mind. I support reasonable restrictions on firearms for those who shouldn't own or carry them and expanding mental health services in our communities.
PROTECT OUT ECOSYSTEMS
Water is the lifeblood of South Florida's economy and quality of life. Plentiful, clean water drives our tourism industry, our fishing industry and our real estate market. Water supply and water quality is the most urgent issue facing Florida. We must protect our precious water resources and ecosystems. Complicated problems require comprehensive solutions and all parties working together.
As a legislator, I have fought diligently for state resources to be directed toward protecting our estuaries by reducing the damaging fresh water flows and I have secured funding for beach re-nourishment.
Florida is experiencing increases in economic growth, tax revenues and population growth. We must increase funding to protect all our natural resources and increase water supply to meet increasing demand for potable water.
Concerning Lake Okeechobee, we have two converging problems. First, we must fix the Hubert Hoover Dike ASAP, because our estuaries are getting “too much fresh water at the wrong time”. We must also spend tax dollars to fund more water storage and water diversion projects, to dramatically decrease harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges during our rainy season.
Secondly, we must do more to regulate and reduce nutrient pollution at its source. I support state matching funds and state/local bonding to finance critically important point source pollution projects.