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Ron DeSantis Wants to Build on Our Economic Success. Andrew Gillum Would Reverse It.

Ron DeSantis Wants to Build on Our Economic Success. Andrew Gillum Would Reverse It.

Under Governor Rick Scott, Florida has seen unbelievable economic growth. Governor Scott’s commitment to free-market, conservative principles has resulted in the addition of 1.6 million new jobs, a state GDP that topped $1 trillion earlier this year, and a reduction in Florida’s debt by more than $10 billion.

As Governor, Ron DeSantis will continue to build off of Governor Scott’s economic success and take Florida’s economy to new heights for the benefit of all Floridians. Ron believes government should work within its budget as opposed to taking more and more money from Floridians’ pockets. He has pledged to veto any legislation that will raise taxes and will work to make Florida the best state in the nation to start a business and raise a family.

Compare that to Andrew Gillum, who has proposed tax hikes and economic policies that would set Florida’s economic growth back decades. From Gillum’s 40% tax increase, to his government-mandated $15 minimum wage proposals, Florida would quickly become a high-tax and low-growth state.

Florida cannot afford Andrew Gillum. He would only cripple the economic growth that helps Florida businesses and families prosper.

Florida Ranked 4th Best Business Tax Climate, 1st for Individual Income Taxes. “The Ron DeSantis for Governor Campaign today highlighted The Tax Foundation’s 2019 Rankings showcasing Florida’s economy is working. According to the Tax Foundation’s annual State Business Tax Climate Index, Florida has the fourth best business tax climate in the country, and is the No. 1 best climate for individual taxes.” (Press Release, “Tax Foundation’s 2019 Rankings Show Florida’s Economy is Working,” DeSantis Nuñez for Governor, 10/2/2018).

Florida’s Economy Passes $1 Trillion Mark. “Florida may seem like another country sometimes with its wacky ‘Florida man’ stories and uniquely-Florida crimes, but it’s like another country in a new way as of today — its economic clout. Florida’s economy topped $1 trillion Friday, meaning that if Florida was its own nation, it would have the 17th-largest economy in the world.” (Malena Carollo, “Florida’s economy passes $1 trillion mark Friday,” Tampa Bay Times, 7/13/2018).

Gov. Scott’s Administration Saw 1.6 Million New Jobs Created, Debt Reduction of $10 Billion. “Since Governor Scott took office, Florida has experienced an incredible economic turnaround, including: Florida’s businesses have added more than 1.55 million new private sector jobs since December 2010; Taxes in Florida have been cut nearly 100 times, saving families and businesses more than $10 BILLION; Florida’s unemployment has dropped from 11.2 percent to just 3.8 percent; and Florida has paid down by more than $10 billion in state debt.” (Press Release, “Gov. Scott: State Debt Reduced by More Than $10 Billion,” Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott, 8/13/2018).

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2018-10-22T00:54:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Ron DeSantis is the Only Candidate Who Will Work to Protect Florida’s Environment.

Ron DeSantis is the Only Candidate Who Will Work to Protect Florida’s Environment

A Florida native, Ron DeSantis understands our state’s on-of-a-kind natural environment and the importance of protecting it.

Ron is the only candidate for Governor who will work with the President and Congress to expedite the completion of the reservoir, stop toxic algae discharges and combat red tide. His experience in Congress and his unique relationship with the President will help him fight to ensure that we never allow off-shore oil drilling off Florida’s coasts.

The Everglades Trust, in their endorsement of Ron, called him a “hero” that the Everglades and Florida’s coastal estuaries need. In election cycles full of “rhetoric and broken promises,” Ron is the only candidate who has “actually walked the walk” when it comes to standing up for the environment and against special interests.

Kimberly Mitchell, executive director of the Everglades Trust, said that the millions of people who depend on a healthy Everglades, “and all the critters who call them home,” now have a champion in Ron DeSantis and “it could not have come soon enough.”

When it comes to partnering with the Federal government to protect Florida’s environment, Ron DeSantis is the clear choice for Governor.

Ron DeSantis Will End Drilling Off of Florida’s Coastlines. “Fight to Prevent Oil Drilling off Florida’s Coast: Our coast is one of the most important economic drivers of Florida and Ron DeSantis has a proven track record in supporting measures to ban offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida has seen firsthand the dangers that off-shore drilling can bring to our beaches and shorelines. Starting day one, DeSantis will utilize his unique relationship with President Trump and his administration to ensure that oil drilling never occurs off Florida’s coastlines.” (“Environment,” Ron DeSantis for Governor)

Ron DeSantis Will Work With Trump Administration and Congress to Unlock Funding for Everglades Restoration and Lake Okeechobee Reservoir Construction. “Beginning day one, DeSantis will work with the Trump administration and Congress to ensure the federal government honors its 20-year old funding promise to CERP by appropriating its $200 million in matching federal dollars to build the Southern Reservoir and complete the entire suite of projects. The 120-billion-gallon reservoir will be built primarily on state land and will serve as a dynamic storage system discharging clean water into Everglades National Park and then into the Florida Bay. Ron DeSantis understands that fulfilling the promises of Everglades restoration is a critical investment in protecting our natural resources, creating jobs, and enhancing a lifestyle for millions of residents and visitors to Florida. The entire inventory of projects approved for Lake Okeechobee would reduce discharges by almost 63%.” (“Environment,” Ron DeSantis for Governor)

Andrew Gillum Calls for President Trump’s Impeachment. “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum called for President Donald Trump’s impeachment Friday ahead of Trump’s visit to the Florida Panhandle…‘Donald Trump should be impeached now,’ Gillum said in the video.” (Kirby Wilson, “Andrew Gillum: ‘Donald Trump should be impeached now’,” Tampa Bay Times, 12/8/2017)

Everglades Trust Endorses Ron DeSantis. “‘The Everglades and coastal estuaries couldn’t care less about partisan politics, so the Trust doesn’t. They are in desperate need of a hero – and they found one in Ron DeSantis,’ said Everglades Trust Executive Director Kimberly Mitchell. ‘Ron understands the critical infrastructure projects that must be undertaken and expedited, with the ability to make them a top priority, and already has a track record of standing up to an industry that is physically and politically blocking the reconnection of Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades – Big Sugar. Floridians have had enough of rhetoric and broken promises from our politicians. ‘I will stand up to the special interests,’ is what we’re told in an election year. Well, we now have a politician who has actually walked the walk and for the millions who depend on a healthy Everglades, and all the critters who call them home, it could not come soon enough.’” (Adam Smith, “Everglades Trust endorses Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum,” Tampa Bay Times, 10/17/2018).

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2018-10-22T00:49:42+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Andrew Gillum’s Reckless Immigration Policies Would Be a Disaster for Our State

Andrew Gillum’s Reckless Immigration Policies Would Be a Disaster for Our State

Andrew Gillum supports policies that would allow sanctuary cities to pop up all over the state. He would refuse to enforce cooperation with federal authorities, and even has gone so far as to call for the abolishment of ICE.

Compare this to Ron DeSantis, who will support ICE, ban sanctuary cities, and implement E-Verify to keep Florida safe by ensuring that laws are followed and dangerous criminals are not allowed back on the streets. Ron will enforce federal immigrations laws and punish local officials that refuse to cooperate with the immigration laws of this country. There will be no “sanctuary cities” in Florida under Ron DeSantis.

Ron DeSantis is only one candidate who will keep Florida safe and protect the rule of law. Andrew Gillum’s reckless disregard for federal laws would put illegal immigrants ahead of the safety of Florida’s families.

Andrew Gillum Would Allow Local Governments to Refuse to Cooperate with Federal Immigration Authorities. “The five Democrats in the crowded primary field of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Orlando real estate investor Chris King and Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene all oppose state interference in a local jurisdiction’s desire to become a sanctuary city.” (Ana Ceballo and James Call, “Florida candidates for governor vow changes on immigration,” USA Today Network via Naples Daily News, 6/29/2018 updated 7/1/2018)

Andrew Gillum Would Allow Sanctuary Cities, Supports Cities that Won’t Cooperate with Federal Immigration Authorities. “As mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum criticized Trump’s executive order threatening to suspend funding to sanctuary cities, and Gillum’s campaign said as governor he would support an approach like in Tallahassee that emphasizes immigration enforcement as a federal responsibility, not a local one.” (Allison Graves, “Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a Sanctuary State?” PolitiFact Florida, 12/6/2017)

Andrew Gillum Calls for Abolishment of I.C.E. “Gillum is the first Democratic candidate for governor in Florida to join calls on the left to ‘abolish ICE,’ though his Democratic rivals all agree the Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs reform…Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee who has recently been bolstered by large contributions from liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros, said in a statement, ‘I support a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes abolishment of ICE in its current form to be replaced with a more compassionate and focused agency that actually keeps us safer.’” (Steven Lemongello, “Andrew Gillum: Abolish ICE ‘in its current form’,” Orlando Sentinel, 7/5/2018)

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2018-10-22T00:36:39+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Ron DeSantis Will Always Stand with Law Enforcement. Andrew Gillum has Pledged to Cut Police Funding and Says They Have No Place in Florida.

Ron DeSantis Will Always Stand with Law Enforcement. Andrew Gillum has Pledged to Cut Police Funding and Says They Have No Place in Florida.

Dozens of Law enforcement officers across the state know Ron DeSantis is Florida’s best choice to serve as Governor. Ron has been endorsed by the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, the Florida Association of State Troopers, and 30 county Sheriffs from across Florida. Throughout Ron’s career, he has had a proven, unwavering commitment to standing with law enforcement during his time in the military, as a federal prosecutor and in Congress.

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, on the other hand, is a strong supporter of the radical, anti-police group, the Dream Defenders. He signed a pledge to divert resources away from police and supports their radical ideology that police have no place in our justice system. Andrew Gillum’s support of this group’s anti-police policies puts a target on the back of law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep Florida’s communities safe. His stances are simply too dangerous for our state.

The choice is clear. Ron DeSantis is the only candidate who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave men and women of Florida’s law enforcement.

Florida Police Benevolent Association Endorses Ron DeSantis. “A major union for police officers, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, is endorsing Republican Ron DeSantis for governor.” (Anthony Man, “Police union endorses Republican Ron DeSantis for Governor – four years after endorsing Democrat,” Sun Sentinel, 10/3/2018).

Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Endorses Ron DeSantis. “About 85 percent of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association voted to endorse DeSantis, who faces Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.” (Skyler Swisher, “Broward deputies union endorses Ron DeSantis for governor,” Sun Sentinel, 10/10/2018).

Dream Defenders Endorse Andrew Gillum. “Nevertheless, there is one candidate whose progressive platform for Florida creates much more favorable conditions for our movement and our people. That candidate is Mayor Andrew Gillum. So, it is with a vision for the betterment of our lives and an understanding of the necessary short term strategic decisions that we must make to get us there, that we excitedly announce our endorsement of Mayor Andrew Gillum for the next Governor of Florida.” (Dream Defenders, Press Release: Endorsement of Andrew Gillum)

Dream Defenders Say That “Police and Prisons Have No Place in Justice. “Dream Defenders touts a mission statement in the form of ‘Freedom Papers’ stressing ‘police and prisons have no place in ‘justice,’ ‘ while calling for an ‘absolute right’ to fully-funded free public education.” (Aaron Klein, “Andrew Gillum Aided Movement that Laments Independence Day, Demands End to ‘Disaster Capitalism’,” Breitbart, 9/17/2018)

Dream Defenders Pledge On Divesting From Police. “I will fight for a Florida that divests from prisons, detention centers, guns and police and invests in the basic needs and safety of its people, especially its children. I will fight for a reallocation of our state budget from police and prisons to good food, affordable housing, quality healthcare and public education.” (Dream Defenders Freedom Pledge)

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2018-10-22T00:29:48+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Ron DeSantis Will Work for All Floridians, While Andrew Gillum Will Only Look Out for Himself and His Friends

Ron DeSantis Will Work for All Floridians, While Andrew Gillum Will Only Look Out for Himself and His Friends

Andrew Gillum is too corrupt for Florida. He has taken trips to New York and Costa Rica with developers and lobbyists who then benefited from millions of dollars of taxpayer-funded that Gillum voted to award.

The vacations are even the subject of an FBI investigation and several ethics complaints. Of course, Andrew Gillum swears he paid for the trips himself, but receipts released by his campaign proved otherwise.

One target of the investigation, Adam Corey, is a longtime friend and Gillum’s former campaign treasurer. Corey received millions to build an upscale restaurant, and the two of them have even taken trips with undercover FBI agents.

Ron DeSantis has a record of accountability, and has fought wasteful spending. As Governor, Ron DeSantis will ensure that Florida works for all, not just for the politically connected.

Receipts Released by Gillum Campaign Fail to Prove Who Paid for Trips, Excursions. “Mayor Andrew Gillum released travel receipts Tuesday for personal trips he took to New York City and Costa Rica that are under investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics. But the early evening document drop by Gillum’s campaign for governor was more remarkable for what it didn’t include — receipts from any of the New York outings he took in August 2016 with his former friend, lobbyist Adam Corey, his brother, Marcus Gillum and two undercover FBI agents. There was nothing to show who paid for his tickets to ‘Hamilton’ or his stay at the Millennium Hotel or who exactly arranged a boat outing to the Statue of Liberty.” (Jeff Burlew and Jeffrey Schweers, “Andrew Gillum’s receipts for New York and Costa Rica trips leave unanswered questions,” Tallahassee Democrat, 9/4/2018 updated 9/5/2018)

Andrew Gillum Voted to Give Millions in Taxpayer-Funded Grants to a Friend and Political Ally. “Corey was a longtime college friend of Mayor Andrew Gillum and served as his volunteer campaign manager in 2014, before Gillum’s current bid for governor.” “Corey, the Edison and Cascades Holdings LLC, which received $2.1 million in local tax dollars to help renovate the old electrical building in Cascades Park, were among the people and companies listed in the first round of subpoenas.” (Jeffrey Schweers, “City slapped with new FBI subpoena on Edison, Adam Corey,” Tallahassee Democrat, 5/31/2018 updated 6/1/2018)

Targets of the FBI’s Corruption Probe Have Donated to Gillum’s Campaigns. “The latest strike? The DeSantis campaign is calling on Andrew Gillum to return more than $75,000 in campaign donations from those who’ve been subpoenaed in the course of the more-than-three-year-long investigation into Tallahassee’s city government. ‘Records show that Gillum has received contributions from 36 of the 40 named subjects of the FBI investigation,’ Stephen Lawson, DeSantis’ communications director said. ‘These new facts continue to link Andrew Gillum to the FBI’s investigation.’” (Danny Mcauliffe, “Ron DeSantis hits Andrew Gillum on donors subpoenaed by FBI,” Florida Politics, 10/1/2018)

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2018-10-22T00:25:45+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Tallahassee’s Crime Rate Skyrocketed Under Andrew Gillum’s Watch. Ron DeSantis Will Work with Law Enforcement Officers to Keep Floridians Safe.

Tallahassee’s Crime Rate Skyrocketed Under Andrew Gillum’s Watch. Ron DeSantis Will Work with Law Enforcement Officers to Keep Floridians Safe.

After Andrew Gillum and Tallahassee city officials repeatedly denied the police’s request for help, violent crime skyrocketed and the average murder rate rose 52%. Since that time, Tallahassee has been named the most violent city in Florida for the last four years in a row.

The most recent numbers show an 83% rise in the number of murders in Tallahassee in 2017. In fact, Forbes ranked Tallahassee as one of the most dangerous cities in the entire country. Even Gillum’s former chief of staff has campaigned on fixing the massive crime problem.

Ron DeSantis will ensure the brave men and women of Florida’s law enforcement have the resources they need to keep our communities safe. He has been endorsed by 30 county Sheriffs across Florida, the Florida Association of State Troopers (FAST), the Police Benevolent Association, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association because they know Ron will have their back. It is clear Andrew Gillum would rather wait until the crime problem becomes too large to ignore before addressing the problem. An 83% spike in murders plus the most dangerous city in Florida equates to a failed record Floridians simply can’t ignore.

Florida needs proactive leadership focused on keeping our communities safe and criminals off our streets. Ron DeSantis is ready to lead on Day One.

Andrew Gillum Ignores Pleas From Police to Tackle Tallahassee’s Rising Crime. “From 2009 to 2013, public documents show that when gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum served on the Tallahassee City Commission, the Tallahassee City Commission repeatedly ignored pleas from law enforcement for help with a festering crime problem. Gillum served as a city commissioner from 2003 to 2014 and was elected mayor in 2014.” (Steve Stewart, “Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee City Commission Ignored Pleas from Police; Murder Rate Increased 52%,” Tallahassee Reports, 9/4/2018)

Tallahassee Ranked in Top Ten Dangerous Cities in America. “Forbes Magazine has ranked Tallahassee among the top ten as one of America’s most dangerous cities to live in. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, Tallahassee’s Police Chief rebukes the distinction. According to a Forbes Magazine article published earlier this week, Florida’s Capitol city is ranked number eight as one of the most dangerous cities to live in the United States…The rankings were based on a FBI Uniform crime report that compared the amount of violent crimes in metropolitan areas around the country.” (Sasha Cordner, “Magazine ranks Tallahassee as dangerous place to live; TPD Chief unhappy,” WFSU)

Number of Murders in Tallahassee Increased 83% from 2016 to 2017. “However, the number of murders in Leon county increased 83% from 12 in 2016 to 22 in 2017.” (“Leon Crime Rate Down, Still Leads Florida,” Tallahassee Reports, 5/22/2018)

Tallahassee’s Crime Rate Leads the State Four Years in a Row. “The data shows that for the fourth year in a row the capital city’s crime rate has led the state. Overall, Florida’s crime rate saw a 6 percent decrease in 2017.” (Karl Etters, “Crime rate down, but Leon County still tops state,” Tallahassee Democrat, 5/22/2018)

Andrew Gillum’s Former Chief of Staff Criticizes Tallahassee Crime Rate, Says “We Must Do Better.” “One of Andrew Gillum’s most important messages was trampled over the weekend by an unexpected critic: his former chief of staff…’Tallahassee had the highest number of murders in history last year and we top the state for the highest crime rate,’ read one of the mail pieces. ‘We must do better.’” (Matt Dixon, “Gillum’s own chief of staff criticizes Tallahassee crime rate,” POLITICO, 9/24/2018)

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2018-10-22T00:22:49+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Andrew Gillum Would Be a Disaster for Florida’s Economy. Florida Can’t Afford Andrew Gillum.

Andrew Gillum Would Be a Disaster for Florida’s Economy. Florida Can’t Afford Andrew Gillum.

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Americans—and Floridians—have more job opportunities and more money in their wallets. The Act has led to a “remarkably positive” period of economic growth that has been described as “unprecedented in modern history.” Thanks to Republican support for conservative, free-market principles, employment is at record lows—particularly for Hispanics, African Americans and women. Ron DeSantis, while in Congress, was proud to support this bill, and as Governor, will work to ensure Florida continues to experience the benefits of this incredible economic boom.

Andrew Gillum, on the other hand, would be disastrous for Florida’s booming economy. He is proposing one of the largest tax increases in Florida’s history—$1 billion annually—which would incentivize companies to institute hiring and pay-raise freezes, or even encourage them to relocate to other states. He proposes a government-mandated $15 minimum wage that would destroy thousands of jobs and decimate small businesses.

Florida cannot afford Andrew Gillum—his policies and spending programs would hinder economic growth and lead to lower wages and fewer job opportunities.

Florida needs a leader like Ron DeSantis, who will build off of the success of the current economic boom and continue to foster an environment where Florida businesses and families can flourish for generations to come.

Black and Hispanic Unemployment at Record Lows. “Black unemployment fell to 6.6 percent in April, the lowest in data dating back to 1972, while the jobless rate among Hispanics dipped to 4.8 percent, matching the lowest on record, Labor Department figures showed Friday. Black and Hispanic jobless rates are generally more volatile than the overall unemployment figure, which fell below 4 percent last month for the first time since 2000.” (Randy Woods, “Black and Hispanic Unemployment in America Reach Record Lows,” Bloomberg, 5/4/2018)

Female Unemployment at Lowest Point in Decades. “Female unemployment inched down to 3.6 percent, the lowest since 1953.” (Petr Svab, “Black Unemployment Plummets to New Record, Lowest for Women Since 1953,” The Epoch Times, 6/1/2018 updated 6/2/2018)

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has Contributed to Period of Economic Growth Unprecedented in Modern History. “Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears to be in the midst of a ‘remarkably positive’ period that is unprecedented in modern history… Powell has been careful not to wade into discussions of who deserves credit for the economy since the Fed is an independent body, but he said last week that the tax cuts have played a role in boosting growth.” (Heather Long, “This is almost the ‘too good to be true’ economy, Fed chair says,” Washington Post, 10/2/2018)

Andrew Gillum Calls to Increase Florida’s Corporate Tax Rate. “In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax — which he wants to use to raise $1 billion more for education, including $50,000 minimum starting salaries for teachers.” “‘Punishing corporations by taking money out of the pockets of job-creators is going to have a chilling effect on this state’s economy,’ Feeney added.”(John Kennedy, “Gillum corporate tax hike emerges as big dollar divide with DeSantis,” GateHouse Capital Bureau via Daytona Beach News-Journal, 9/16/2018)

Andrew Gillum’s Corporate Tax Increase Would Hurt Floridians. “Put simply, Gillum’s plan is to have Florida’s biggest corporations pay $1 billion more a year in taxes. That could affect average Floridians, experts told us. But it is difficult to put a dollar figure on it. Kurt Wenner, vice president of research at Florida TaxWatch, said that if a business is forced to pay more in taxes, it can raise prices, reduce employment, reduce costs or investment, or reduce profits. ‘Those outcomes would all potentially have negative impacts on residents,’ Wenner said. ‘The magnitude of those impacts would be hard to quantify, especially factoring in any economic increase from increase government spending.'”(Amy Sherman, “PolitiFact Florida: $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax,” PolitiFact Florida via Tampa Bay Times, 9/24/2018)

Gillum’s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Would Significantly Impact Florida Businesses. “A conservative estimate shows that with an abrupt increase to $15 per hour Florida businesses could expect to see a nearly $2 billion ($1,834,618,188) increase in the cost of minimum wage labor. This estimate only accounts for an increase in the cost of those workers that are currently making minimum wage ($8.05 per hour); however, an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour would raise the cost of labor of all those employees making less than $15 per hour. Because the median wage in Florida is $15.29 per hour, the proposed increase would raise the cost of nearly half of Florida’s workforce, significantly impacting how businesses in Florida operate.” (“The Impact of a $15/hour Minimum Wage in Florida,” Florida Trend, 6/28/2016)

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2018-10-22T00:21:25+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Andrew Gillum’s Proposals Would Cost Floridians Billions

Andrew Gillum’s Proposals Would Cost Floridians Billions

The James Madison Institute, a nationally respected, non-partisan economic think-tank, recently released a report analyzing the policy proposals of the two candidates in Florida’s gubernatorial race. The peer-reviewed study, conducted in conjunction with the Washington Economic Group and the firm Arduin, Laffer, and Moore, demonstrates the dramatic difference between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum and underscores just how important the November election is.

The report finds that in order to pay for Andrew Gillum’s economic proposals, there would have to be an:

* Increase in Florida’s corporate income tax, which would make it the 2nd highest in the U.S.

* Increase in Florida’s sales tax to 39 percent OR Florida would have to levy, for the first time ever, a state income tax as high as 37 percent.

Just think about that for a second – a 37 percent state income tax levied on all Floridians. Let’s break this down: Andrew Gillum’s economic proposal would force businesses to relocate and would cost Florida over 150,000 jobs and over $28 billion in economic losses annually. In total, Andrew Gillum’s proposals would cost Floridians $2.6 billion.

Alternatively, Ron DeSantis’ pro-growth economic agenda would lead to the creation of more than 200,000 jobs annually and more that $25 billion in annual economic output.

Florida simply can’t afford Andrew Gillum and the astronomical costs of his proposals.

Gillum’s Proposed Agenda Would Require: 2nd Highest Corporate Tax Rate, a 39% Sales Tax or a 37% Income Tax. “All told, the policy agenda Candidate Gillum proposes would require an increase in the corporate tax rate to the 2nd highest in the United States, an increase in Florida’s sales tax to 39 percent, or the imposition of a state income tax as high as 37 percent.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Gillum’s Agenda Would Cost Over 150,000 jobs and $28 Billion in Economic Losses, Annually. “Consequently, the economic impacts of abandoning the current low tax/top business climate rankings of Florida, based on the experience of the higher tax states presented in this brief, would ultimately cost Florida direct employment losses of 155,000 jobs and $28.2 billion in economic losses per year.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Ron DeSantis’ Agenda Would Create, Each Year, Over 200,000 Jobs and $25 Billion in Additional Economic Output. “Ultimately, this agenda would lead to the creation of 215,000 jobs annually and $26.6 billion in annual economic output.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Gillum’s Spending Proposals Would Cost Floridians an Additional $2.6 Billion in State Taxes. “Candidate Gillum’s spending proposals will cost $2.6 billion in additional state taxes, not including his support for Medicare-For-All, which will raise taxes significantly more.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

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2018-10-22T00:17:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Fact Check: Gillum’s Single-Payer Health Care Plan Would Drastically Raise Taxes on Floridians

Fact Check: Gillum’s Single-Payer Health Care Plan Would Drastically Raise Taxes on Floridians

The Bernie Sanders–Andrew Gillum single-payer health care plan would cost the country a staggering $32 TRILLION if implemented nationally. If Gillum had his way and established a state-level version of the program, it is expected to cost Florida an additional $163 billion, almost doubling Florida’s $89 billion budget. Andrew Gillum still has no idea how he plans to pay for this huge increase in spending without drastic tax increases on Floridians.

As one of the few states in the country without a personal state income tax, Florida’s budget is funded in large part by a 6% sales tax rate. In order to fund this single-payer health care program, Gillum would have to raise the sales tax to a staggering 39% or create a state income tax rate to 37% of taxable income.

This would take Florida from being one of the best states for personal tax freedom to almost the very bottom of states in the county. If Gillum had his way, Florida’s average salary would plummet from $40,750 to $25,673.

Ron DeSantis has pledged to never raise taxes on Floridians and never support the Bernie Sanders government takeover of healthcare. Ron understands that the best way to expand health care coverage for Floridians is not by taxing all Floridians more, on top of what they already pay for their health care, but by expanding our economy, creating new jobs, and investing in education so that everyone has access to high-paying jobs and employer coverage. For those who choose to purchase insurance on the market, Ron will support policies that encourage private-sector market competition and transparent pricing, allowing Floridians have the freedom to choose affordable plans that match their health care needs. Florida can provide better coverage to more Floridians by working with the market, instead of against it.

Bernie Sanders Endorses Andrew Gillum, Cites His Support for a “Medicare For All” Plan. “‘As governor, Andrew Gillum will work to provide health care for all through a Medicare-for-All program…said Sanders.” (James Call, “Bernie Sanders endorses Andrew Gillum to be Florida Governor,” Tallahassee Democrat, 8/1/2018).

Andrew Gillum Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Declare Affordable Healthcare a “Fundamental Right.” “On Tuesday, Mayor Andrew Gillum proposed a constitutional amendment declaring that affordable healthcare is a fundamental right of all Floridians.” (“Gillum Declares Healthcare a Right,” Andrew Gillum for Governor, 7/11/2017).

A State-Level Medicare For All Plan Would Cost Florida $163 Billion. “Alternatively, if Florida were to implement a state-level version of M4A, without waiting for Congress to pass Senator Sanders’s bill, the cost to Florida would be $163 billion (netting out the current state Medicaid cost).” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Florida’s Budget for FY 2019 is $89 Billion. “With a light touch of his veto pen, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a new $88.7 billion state budget, eliminating only $64 million in spending and projects, the lowest total of his seven-plus years as governor.” (Lloyd Dunkelberger and Jim Turner, “Rick Scott signs $88.7 billion Florida budget, vetoes $64 million in projects,” News Service of Florida via Orlando Weekly, 3/19/2018).

In Order to Fund A State-Level Medicare For All Plan, Andrew Gillum Would Have to Raise the State Sales Tax to 39%. “As a zero-income tax state, Florida’s $32 billion state government is primarily funded by a six percent sales tax rate ($.06 on every dollar spent). In order to raise an additional $163 billion to fund Florida M4A, Florida would have to increase its sales tax rate to 39 percent, or $.39 for every dollar spent. By way of example, a $50 purchase would go from $53.00 to $69.50 at the cash register.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

If Gillum Avoided Raising the State Sales Tax, He Would Have to Implement a 37% State Personal Income Tax Rate, Turning Florida into a High Tax State like California, New York, or New Jersey. “The alternative to a national M4A plan would be to implement a statewide option. This statewide option would cost Floridians almost as much as implementing the plan on a nationwide scale, and would force Florida to raise its own funds through an increase in its sales tax from the current six percent to 39 percent to meet the increase in spending. Assuming this sales tax rate increase is unrealistic, the only other major option to implement a Florida single-payer-style system would be to implement an income tax in Florida. However, Florida’s state Constitution prohibits taxation of personal income and would have to be amended by a two-thirds vote of the people in order to institute an income tax. And even if voters gave state government the authority to tax personal income, Florida’s income tax rate would have to be 37 percent on federally-taxable personal income, making it the highest income tax rate of any state, exceeding personal income tax rates in California, New York, and New Jersey.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

A 37% State Income Tax Would Drop Florida’s Average Wage from $40,750 to $25,673. “A 37 percent income tax would represent a significant wage cut for Floridians. For example, the median teacher salary in Florida is $45,521. Even after Candidate Gillum’s proposed raise to $50,000, the median teacher’s take home salary would be $31,500, or a 30 percent pay cut from today’s median salary. Looking at the state as a whole, Florida’s average wage of $40,750 would drop to $25,673 as a result of the onset of a 37 percent income tax.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Ron DeSantis Will Focus on Improving Education and Increasing Availability of High Wage Jobs to Help Expand Coverage. “Instead, he wants to rely on an improving economy with better-paying jobs that will help people afford coverage. ‘We’ve got to increase access and drive down costs on health care,’ DeSantis said in an email. ‘The best way we can do that is to make sure we are creating an environment where everyone has a great education that leads to a job where they are covered or they have the ability to buy their own insurance in the market.’” (Gray Rohrer, “Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum split on health care as reforms stall in Legislature, Congress,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/2018).

Ron DeSantis Supports Policies to Lower Healthcare Prices and Increase Competition in the Healthcare Marketplace. “DeSantis also indicated he would back proposals to install direct primary care models, in which patients pay a monthly rate directly to doctors and cut out insurers. He said he would expand telemedicine and ease regulations for building new hospitals. Such policies would add private-sector competition and lower prices, he argues.” (Gray Rohrer, “Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum split on health care as reforms stall in Legislature, Congress,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/2018).

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2018-10-22T00:15:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|

Andrew Gillum’s Medicaid Expansion Would Skyrocket Taxes and Hurt Floridians

Andrew Gillum’s Medicaid Expansion Would Skyrocket Taxes and Hurt Floridians

Andrew Gillum wants to expand Medicaid coverage under the Obamacare to 700,000 additional able-bodied, childless adults. He believes that federal taxpayers should foot the bill, but conveniently leaves out the estimates showing that, when the federal match rate drops to 90% in 2020, Floridians—not the federal government—would be paying $564 million per year in additional taxes by 2022. He ignores the fact that states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA saw costs skyrocket 62% higher than expected.

Ron DeSantis understands that Medicaid is meant for the most impoverished or vulnerable members of our society, not able-bodied adults with no children, who could be contributing to Florida’s workforce. Ron knows that the best way to expand health care coverage for Floridians is not by taxing all Floridians more, on top of what they already pay for their health care, but by expanding our economy, creating new jobs, and investing in education so that everyone has access to high-paying jobs and employer coverage. For those who choose to purchase insurance on the market, Ron will support policies that encourage private-sector market competition and transparent pricing, allowing Floridians to have the freedom to choose affordable plans that match their health care needs.

Andrew Gillum’s impractical Medicaid expansion would cost our state more than we can afford, massively increasing costs and raising taxes. His tax and spend approach to governance will leave Floridians with less money in their pockets and fewer health care choices for themselves and their families.

Andrew Gillum is Calls Healthcare a “Fundamental Right,” Supports Expanding Medicaid Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act. “Most Democrats are calling for expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act to include uninsured childless adults with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level…Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, calls health care a ‘fundamental right’ and proposes extending Medicaid coverage to 700,000 lower-income state residents, which would make Florida the 39th state to expand Medicaid.” (John Haughey, “To expand or not to expand Medicaid? Polar party-line views factor in Florida elections,” Watchdog.org, 9/14/2018).

Federal Government Would Cover 90% of the Almost $5 Billion Cost of Expanding Medicaid. “Under the Affordable Care Act provision that allows states to expand Medicaid, the federal government would cover 90 percent of the approximately $5 billion cost of the expansion.” (Kirby Wilson and Elizabeth Koh, “Medicare for All? Even Medicaid expansion is unlikely, Florida Legislature says,” Tampa Bay Times, 9/13/2018).

Expanding Medicaid Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Would Cost Florida an Additional $266 Million in Additional Taxes, and Would Increase to $564 Million in 2022. “Candidate Gillum alternatively proposes to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e., ACA or Obamacare), which would have added $4.83 billion in state spending last year, according to Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR), including $266 million increase in state tax costs. The federal match rate will drop each year until it reaches 90 percent in 2020, increasing state costs to $564 million in FY 2022-23.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Medicaid Expansion Was Far Costlier Than Initial CBO Projections. “Both higher-than-expected enrollment and spending per enrollee has resulted in the Medicaid expansion being much costlier than projected. For example, the CBO also projected in its April 2014 report that the Medicaid expansion would cost $42 billion in 2015. The actual cost was approximately $68 billion, about 62 percent higher.” (Dr. J. Antonio Vilamil & Donna Arduin, “Election 2018: Platforms, Proposals, Projections,” The James Madison Institute, 10/15/2018).

Ron DeSantis Opposes Medicaid Expansion, States that Taxpayers Should Finance Healthcare for “Childless, Able-Bodied Adults.” “DeSantis, a three-term Congressman who resigned from the U.S. House last week to focus on the gubernatorial election, voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and opposes Medicaid expansion. During campaign speeches, DeSantis maintains he does not think ‘childless, able-bodied adults’ should be eligible for Medicaid.” (John Haughey, “To expand or not to expand Medicaid? Polar party-line views factor in Florida elections,” Watchdog.org, 9/14/2018).

Ron DeSantis on Medicaid: Wasn’t Intended for Able-Bodied Adults. “The program, which pays for health care for the poor, elderly and those with complex medical needs, wasn’t intended for able-bodied adults who would get coverage under expansion, he said.” (Gray Rohrer, “Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum split on health care as reforms stall in Legislature, Congress,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/2018).

Ron DeSantis Supports Policies to Lower Healthcare Prices and Increase Competition in the Healthcare Marketplace. “DeSantis also indicated he would back proposals to install direct primary care models, in which patients pay a monthly rate directly to doctors and cut out insurers. He said he would expand telemedicine and ease regulations for building new hospitals. Such policies would add private-sector competition and lower prices, he argues.” (Gray Rohrer, “Ron DeSantis, Andrew Gillum split on health care as reforms stall in Legislature, Congress,” Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/2018).

There is No Legislative Support for Gillum’s Plan to Expand Medicaid. “‘I do not believe there is support in the Legislature for the expansion of Medicaid contemplated in the Affordable Care Act,’ incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton said in a Wednesday statement to the Times/Herald…Jason Brodeur, who chairs the Florida House Health Care Appropriations subcommittee, said he also doesn’t expect his chamber to vote to expand the program. ‘That issue is settled,’ Brodeur said in an interview, ‘Unless (Gillum) has plans to overtake the House and the Senate and get them all to vote opposite of what we did a few months ago.’” (Kirby Wilson and Elizabeth Koh, “Medicare for All? Even Medicaid expansion is unlikely, Florida Legislature says,” Tampa Bay Times, 9/13/2018).

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2018-10-22T00:11:39+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|
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