Near midnight on April 19, with no cameras around or staged fanfare, he signed into law a new tax that will cost Florida consumers an estimated $1 billion a year. And instead of using this new revenue to help Floridians get health care coverage, build affordable housing, cleanup polluted waterways, or improve neighborhood schools, DeSantis' new law uses the new taxes we will all now pay to cut taxes for wealthy corporations.
Florida’s Republican led state Legislature, backed by powerful electric utility companies, recently passed SB 1128 and HB 919 that would block local progress on clean energy production.
I don't need to tell you the last year has been extraordinarily tough for Floridians - but serious, substantial help is finally on the way. Today, Democrats in Congress passed President Biden's American Rescue Plan - providing $1.9 trillion in badly-needed COVID relief for our state and our nation.
Today is the first day of Florida’s 2021 legislative session. Gov. DeSantis just delivered his annual State of the State address. That’s why we just premiered “The People’s Response,” a video featuring a diverse group of everyday Floridians and progressive champions in the Legislature who are putting forward a people first agenda for our state.
Gov. DeSantis's top legislative priority going into the 2021 legislative session isn’t a jobs bill, it isn’t to improve our schools, or combat COVID, but to push legislation that would criminalize peaceful protests - House Bill 1 (it’s “1” for a reason.)
Florida's COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise with more than one million confirmed infections and more than 19,000 dead in Florida since February due in no small part to the failed leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The future of Florida’s rural communities, wild lands, water quality and endangered species all hang in the balance with the fate of Florida’s Roads to Ruin – the massive toll roads project being pushed by many of the most powerful, big money special interests in the state, and Florida’s GOP leadership beholden to their campaign checks.
In 2011, then-Governor Rick Scott and his allies in the state legislature gutted Florida's Unemployment Insurance system. Thanks to their actions, Florida has some of the weakest unemployment benefits and strictest eligibility rules in the nation.
Today, I was proud to help deliver your petition along with nearly 20,000 others calling for a law banning fracking in Florida to the offices of Gov. DeSantis, Florida Senate President Galvano, and Florida House Speaker Oliva. It was our holiday gift to the governor and legislative leadership, complete with a chorus of anti-fracking carols!
The extreme right in the Florida Legislature is once again on the attack against reproductive freedom. With a Trojan Horse of a bill, they are scheming to end reproductive freedom in Florida by ushering in what is deceptively packaged as a family friendly measure.