With Fernandez’s election to House District 114 well after the close of the 2018 legislative session, Enriquez says Fernandez has done nothing to earn a taxpayer-funded salary
Javier Enriquez called on Javier Fernandez to refuse his legislative salary until after the November election. Fernandez was elected to the District 114 seat in the Florida House on May 1 in a special election, nearly two months after the end of the 2018 legislative session. Enriquez, a Republican, announced his campaign for the seat earlier this month.
“Quite simply, Javier Fernandez may be technically eligible for a legislative salary, but he should do the right thing and refuse to take it,” said Enriquez. “He has not cast a single vote on behalf of the people of District 114, and there is little likelihood that he will between now and November 6. While we both work in this campaign to earn the trust of the residents of this district, he should demonstrate his respect for their hard-earned tax dollars by refusing to take a salary he hasn’t earned.
“Fiscal discipline should be the priority of every public official. Holding elected office is a sacred trust, it comes with the obligation to practice wise stewardship of the people’s money, and officials should be held accountable. Mr. Fernandez has an opportunity to show taxpayers how he handles their money, and we are watching.”
Currently, Florida legislators earn $29,697 a year, or $571 per week.