Attorney General Pam Bondi later today will welcome President Donald J. Trump to Florida. This afternoon, Air Force One will land in Tampa where Attorney General Bondi will greet President Trump and welcome the President to her hometown: [Read more…] about Attorney General Bondi’s Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Florida
President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that a top North Korean official is headed to New York for talks on an upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as diplomatic efforts also accelerated in Asia, The Associated Press reports. Trump said in a tweet that Kim Yong Chol — a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party’s central committee — was traveling to New York as part of ongoing meetings between the two countries to arrange the on-again, off-again summit on the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis today released the following statement on his office’s continued analysis of President Trump’s tax cuts and how they will make it possible to phase out Florida’s corporate income tax because of expected increased revenue to the state through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “An analysis of President Trump’s tax cut shows that because of the way Florida’s tax code is written, businesses are expected to pay an estimated 13 percent more to the state in taxes over the next 10 years. Some of that increase is because the federal tax law got rid of corporate deductions and expanded the tax base while lowering the overall rate, which means Florida businesses will have higher ‘federal taxable income’ subject to state taxation. That 13 percent equates to an estimated $313 million increase in tax base for the state over 10 years, which paves the way for us to begin phasing out our business tax in Florida.
“One public study on the effects of the Trump tax cut shows that while Florida businesses would pay 13 percent more, our number one competitor for jobs – Texas – would have no similar increase in business taxes. This could put our state at a competitive disadvantage as we try to build off of Governor Scott’s success in making our state a top choice for businesses looking to relocate. We know many businesses are examining the tax climate in Florida and other states right now, as they plan to take advantage of President Trump’s new policy of a one-time tax assessment for companies who return off-shore revenue back to America.
“As businesses pay the state more in taxes, Florida is able to lower our tax rate accordingly. I have asked my staff to develop a plan that would strategically roll back our business tax over the next several years so it can eventually be eliminated, while finding a way to continue to support charter schools that are currently funded from corporate tax scholarships. We must work quickly to cut our business tax and make Florida the most competitive state in the nation for business growth and job creation.”
A copy of the study can be found here.
“President Trump Speeds Up Repairs to Herbert Hoover Dike”
WPEC (CBS) – West Palm Beach, FL
October 27, 2017
To view the clip, click HERE.
Seeking to hold President Donald Trump to a campaign promise he made to be “the greatest champion” of Haitian-Americans, state Senator Daphne Campbell (D-38 Miami) has filed a measure to extend Haiti’s temporary protected status designation (TPS) for at least 18 months beyond its scheduled January 22, 2018 expiration.
The House companion will be filed by Representative Al Jacquet (D-88 Palm Beach).
“On the campaign trail, Donald Trump assured Haitian-Americans, many of them living in my district, that they deserve better, and that he would give them better,” said Senator Campbell. “They took him at his word, and I am holding him to those promises.”
The memorial filed by Senator Campbell (SM 442) is earmarked for the President of the United States, the Secretary of the United States Department of State, and the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Currently, more than 58,000 Haitians resettled in South Florida benefit from the TPS program, which was established for refugees following earthquakes, hurricanes, and ensuing disease, which ravaged the country several years ago, and from which Haiti has still not fully recovered.
Earlier this year, the Trump Administration granted a six-month extension to the program, with a warning to the refugees to prepare for deportation once the reprieve ended in mid-January. Senator Campbell, who hails from the island nation, is asking that TPS be extended for an additional 18 months as Haiti continues to ready for the refugees’ return.
“These individuals have contributed greatly to the economy of Florida. They have not only rebuilt their lives, they have built the American success story from nothing,” said Senator Campbell. “Uprooting them means sending entire families back to the devastation they worked to overcome. And it would violate every promise President Trump made to protect them on American soil.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi today released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s decision regarding DACA:
“The highest duty of the President of the United States is to protect our citizens and uphold the Constitution—and President Trump’s decision demonstrates respect for the rule of law and compassion for children brought to our country illegally. Today I visited with the President and General John Kelly and I can assure you the decision comes with thoughtfulness, compassion and sympathy for the children caught in this situation. It also comes out of great respect for the United States Constitution.”
Governor Rick Scott today requested that President Donald Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. A pre-landfall declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government and would free up funding sources for emergency protective measures such as shoring up beach dunes, building emergency berms and planning for potential evacuations. To view the Governor’s request, click HERE. Governor Scott spoke with President Trump last night after the Governor issued Executive Order 17-235 declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma.
Governor Scott said, “Last evening, I spoke with President Trump regarding Florida’s preparedness actions and he offered the full resources of the federal government as we get ready for this major storm. This morning, I am requesting the president declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida to help preposition necessary resources and support emergency protective measures across the state. Our state emergency management officials are working with our federal and local partners to prepare for any potential impacts from this dangerous storm, and it is crucial that we have access to every available resource to protect our families and communities.
“While we do not yet know the exact path of Irma, major impacts to Florida are potentially possible and we cannot wait to take aggressive preparedness actions. I continue to urge all Floridians to remain vigilant, stay tuned into local weather alerts and have a disaster plan in place today. We will remain focused on making sure families and visitors have timely information on Hurricane Irma and we keep issuing important updates as we monitor the storm throughout the day.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s executive order lifting the ban on transferring certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies:
“This executive order will help ensure our brave law enforcement officers have the gear they need to combat terrorism, drug cartels, gangs and other threats to public safety. This order will give our law enforcement officers access to billions of dollars’ worth of equipment such as armored vehicles, ammunition and other military gear that will help in disaster related situations like we are seeing in Texas with Hurricane Harvey—as well as terrorism-related cases such as the Pulse nightclub attack, where a military-style helmet stopped a bullet, saving an officer’s life, and San Bernardino, where this type of equipment protected law enforcement officers as they pursued terrorists.
“I want to thank President Trump for standing up for law enforcement and signing this order to give officers access to more lifesaving tools. Equipment like this could help Florida law enforcement officers respond to hurricanes and the destruction left in the aftermath.”
President Trump signed an executive order today directing the Department of Interior to review more than 20 national monuments that have been created under the Antiquities Act since 1996. A list of the monuments that may be reviewed is below.
In response, Environment Florida’s state director, Jennifer Rubiello, issued the following statement:
“One of the things that makes our state and this nation so great is that we have gorgeous landscapes and we have had the foresight and political will to protect them for future generations. Unfortunately, today’s executive order heads in the exact wrong direction.
If President Trump succeeds in rolling back any of our national monuments, he will in essence be attacking all our public landscapes. This effort is unprecedented and likely unconstitutional. Despite presidents from both parties establishing more than 150 national monuments over that last 111 years under the authority of the Antiquities Act, never has a president revoked the status of a monument.
Protecting our public landscapes is good for our ecosystem; it creates unprecedented opportunity for recreation and tourism; and land conservation makes political sense. Citizens across the country support presidential action to protect our lands, waters and wilderness.
I’m confident that Floridians will rally to keep all of our public lands in public hands. As we know from the Lorax: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
National Monument designations that may be up for Review
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, W. Clinton, 1996 (BLM)
Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
California Coastal National Monument, California, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
Portion of Sequoia National Forest (originally Giant Sequoia), California, W. Clinton, 2000 (USFS)
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Oregon, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
Hanford Reach National Monument, Washington, W. Clinton, 2000 (FWS)
Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
President Lincoln and Soldier’s Home National Monument, Washington, DC, W. Clinton, 2000 (NPS)
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2000 (BLM)
Carrizo Plain National Monument, California, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)
Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)
Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Montana, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)
Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana, W. Clinton, 2001 (BLM)
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)
Governors Island National Monument, New York, W. Clinton, 2001 (NPS)
African Burial Ground National Monument, New York, G. W. Bush, 2006 (NPS)
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (originally Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2006 (FWS, NOAA)
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2008 (NPS, FWS)
Rose Atoll National Monument, American Samoa, G. W. Bush, 2009 (NOAA)
Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, Hawaii, G. W. Bush, 2009 (FWS, NOAA)
Mariana’s Trench National Monument, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, G. W. Bush, 2009 (NOAA)
Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia, B. H. Obama, 2011 (NPS)
Fort Ord National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2012 (BLM)
Chimney Rock National Monument, Colorado, B. H. Obama, 2012 (USFS)
Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2012 (NPS)
San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington, B. H. Obama, 2013 (BLM)
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico, B. H. Obama, 2013 (BLM)
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS, FWS)
First State National Historical Park, Delaware, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS)
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Monument, Ohio, B. H. Obama, 2013 (NPS)
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico, B. H. Obama, 2014 (BLM)
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2014 (USFS)
Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)
Pullman National Monument, Illinois, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)
Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado, B. H. Obama, 2015 (BLM, USFS)
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2015 (USFS)
Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas, B. H. Obama, 2015 (NPS)
Basin and Range National Monument, Nevada, B. H. Obama, 2015 (BLM)
Mojave Trails National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (BLM)
Sand to Snow National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (USFS)
Castle Mountains National Monument, California, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Washington, DC, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)
Stonewall National Monument, New York, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NPS)
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Massachusetts, B. H. Obama, 2016 (NOAA, FWS)
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, B. H. Obama, 2016 (USFS, BLM)
Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada, B. H. Obama, 2016 (BLM)
Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)
Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)
Reconstruction Era National Monument, South Carolina, B. H. Obama, 2017 (NPS)
Governor Rick Scott released the below statement today on President Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan.
Governor Scott said, “We have been committed to fighting the corporate income tax in Florida and I am glad that President Trump is doing the same for our national economy. Since I have been in office, we have cut taxes 55 times, saving Florida families and businesses $6.5 billion. It is great that we now have a president who is focused on turning the national economy around like we have done in Florida.”