Karen Fisk’s message to Sen. Joe Gruters

Editor’s note:  Charlotte Dems member Karen Fisk emailed this letter. Perhaps you can join her? Email him at [email protected]
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Dear Senator Gruters:
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Certainly, there are some favorable provisions in this year’s Florida budget. However, given the $10 billion in extra funding we received from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the Republican Majority should have done significantly more to support Florida’s working families.
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A few things that we must improve going forward…
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Affordable Housing: The Sadowski Trust fund which finances Florida’s statewide affordable housing programs is crucial to expanding housing opportunities for low-income families. In this year’s budget, the Republican Majority is sweeping nearly $300 million away from these critically needed programs. Even worse, you are pushing legislation that would make the trust fund sweeps permanent!
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Public Education: Over the years, Republicans have systematically reduced funding for public education. Instead, they have redirected taxpayer money to the for-profit charter school industry. This year, while Florida’s per-student spending ranks 46th in the nation, for-profit charter schools will receive $183.5 million for renovations and much more through the school choice voucher program.
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Environmental Protection:  Many Republicans in the legislature have adjusted their rhetoric on environmental issues; however, they still voted to cut funding for the Department of Environmental Protection by over $286 million, including a $134 million reduction in wastewater management grants.

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Healthcare: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, expanding healthcare coverage to 800,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens is excellent policy. Nevertheless, Republicans refuse to accept $4 billion in federal money to expand Medicaid coverage.
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Senator Gruters, you can help to correct these missteps in Budget appropriations. Please work to adopt a Budget that will truly support Florida’s working families.
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