Governor Rick Scott today announced four awards for more than $29 million in funding from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: $29 Million Investment will Continue to Grow Jobs Across Florida
Gov. Scott: Orlando Created 315,400 New
Private-Sector Jobs Since Dec. 2010
Governor Rick Scott today announced that November 2018 marked 44 consecutive months of the Orlando area having the highest job creation in the state, adding 60,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year, making the total number of new private-sector jobs created in the Orlando area 315,400 since December 2010. [Read more…] about Florida Private-Sector Job Creation Numbers
By Andrew Behrman
President & CEO
Florida Association of Community Health Centers
Floridians recently were surprised to learn that last year the number of children uninsured in our state increased for the first time since tracking began a decade ago. According to a recent report released by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, the share of Florida children without insurance coverage rose from 6.6 percent to 7.3 percent. [Read more…] about Community Health Centers provide Florida’s children health services, even without insurance
Preparing for Florida’s Energy Future
Despite significant advances in technology and lowered costs, along with an abundant source of year-round sunshine, Florida continues to lag behind states such as New Jersey in the move to clean, renewable energy like solar power. Additionally, issues surrounding climate change and sea level rise pose a significant threat to Florida. [Read more…] about Senator Lori Berman Attending Clean Energy Legislative Academy for Florida’s Future
The Florida Fuel Reserve Bill
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today urged Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders to hold a hearing on legislation he filed last fall in the wake of Hurricane Irma that would require the federal government to set up fuel reserves on Florida’s east and west coasts that could be used in the event of another major storm hitting the state. [Read more…] about Nelson calls for hearing on Florida fuel reserve bill
Governor Rick Scott today proclaimed June 12th as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida in recognition of the 49 innocent lives lost in the horrific attack on Pulse Nightclub on June 12th, 2016. Gov. Scott is asking all Florida residents to pause for a moment of silence at 9:00 a.m. and is directing all state flags in Florida to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, June 12th, 2018. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott Proclaims June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida
Tomorrow, May 22nd, Governor Scott will make a major announcement regarding Florida’s safe communities and FDLE’s 2017 unified crime report. In 2016, Florida reached a 46-year low in crime rate.
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: 9:00 AM
WHERE: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
501 E. Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
The Washington Economics Group will announce the findings of an economic study, which affirms that restoring the eligibility to vote for Floridians who have made past mistakes would result in positive economic impacts to Florida taxpayers. Dr. J. Antonio Villamil of The Washington Economics Group, who authored the study, will be available to media to announce the major impacts:
WHO: Dr. J. Antonio Villamil, Senior Advisor, The Washington Economics Group
Jackie Lee, Campaign Manager, Second Chances Campaign
WHEN: Thursday, May 17th at 10:00AM
WHERE: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the call-in information
Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote of Floridians with felony convictions only after they complete all terms of their sentence and pay their full debt to society – including parole, probation, and restitution, if imposed by a judge. Those convicted of murder or felony sexual offenses will not be eligible under Amendment 4.
To learn more about the Second Chances Campaign, please visit SecondChancesFL.org.
Pd. pol. adv. paid for by Floridians for a Fair Democracy, Inc.
Ahead of his planned visit to Israel, Gov. Scott proclaimed Monday as Florida’s Celebration of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, recognizing the close relationship between Israel and Florida. To read the proclamation, click HERE.
As announced on May 4, Governor Rick Scott will travel to Israel for the May 14 opening of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The trip will mark the Governor’s third official visit to Israel. The most recent visit was in December 2017 where the Governor expressed his full support of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To view video of the Governor at the Western Wall expressing his support, click HERE.
On Sunday, May 13, Governor Scott will attend a dinner with the Friends of Zion Museum honoring the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
On Monday, May 14, Governor Scott will attend the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Before the opening, Governor Scott will attend a breakfast hosted by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. A more detailed schedule will be released soon.
Florida continues to lead the U.S. and its territories in the number of people killed and injured by exploding Takata airbags, according to new numbers released today by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).
Takata airbag ruptures have been linked to three deaths and 83 injuries in Florida. Moreover, injuries in the state have risen by almost 400-percent since December 2014.
Puerto Rico, Texas, California and Georgia round out the top five with the most deaths and injuries from defective Takata airbags. Nearly three-fourths of all U.S. casualties occurred in the four states and the territory of Puerto Rico.
“These numbers show that we still have a huge problem with getting these dangerous airbags replaced and off our highways,” said Nelson, who serves as the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the automakers. “Consumers should heed the recall warnings and get their vehicle repaired as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in death or life altering injuries.”
Honda vehicles with defective Takata airbags accounted for all three deaths and 55 of the 83 injuries in Florida. Toyota ranked second with 13 injuries reported in the state.
The state-specific numbers were tallied from information provided to Nelson by the 19 automakers that use Takata’s non-desiccated ammonium nitrate-based inflators.
Nelson also reported on Friday that only 45 percent of the Florida vehicles under recall for Takata airbags had been fixed as of mid-April, according to data obtained from the Takata Independent Monitor. In total, 1.3 million recalled vehicles have yet to be repaired in Florida.
Release of the new numbers comes in advance of a hearing the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee will hold next week on the nomination of Heidi King to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which ordered the Takata recalls. Nelson intends to seek a commitment from King that, if confirmed, she will speed up efforts to get the exploding airbags replaced.
Consumers who wish to check whether their vehicles are under active recall due to defective Takata airbags can visit the U.S. government’s website at SaferCar.gov.