Dear Fellow Floridians:
This week, I spoke at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon
where I was able to speak about our nation's spending addiction, its
impact on Florida and where we go from here. We have come to a
crossroads in our nation where the path that our leaders choose to take
will determine economic stability and success or destruction.
families are struggling because of the culture of spending that has
become commonplace in Washington. As a result, we have a bloated budget
and have increased the national debt to unprecedented levels. What we
can do now is practice fiscally responsible governance and balance our
budget, as every working family is required to do.
There is no mystery to the choices before us. We can continue to move down
the path of increasing state involvement in our personal and professional lives
or we can reacquaint ourselves with the heritage that has so blessed America. We
can embrace the lessons of our founding fathers, the struggles to define our
country, the invention and innovation that has ignited countless imaginations
and the vision of personal sacrifice. We can rediscover the power of individuals
working together in communities where shared hopes and dreams are defined by the
people, not the state.
We have a Constitution that has provided solid guidance on the role of
government, and whose efficacy has been demonstrated through a rich and widely
respected past. Our obligation to the future must include honoring the past that
has served us so well.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
This week, I was honored to meet with community leaders and organizations in Miami-Dade County that are helping create the conditions for success in Florida’s most populous county. The Beacon Council, the Miami and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority were all able to provide valuable information on how they are working together with the communities of Miami-Dade County to attract new business and ensure economic success.
In Miami and across the state, the construction industry and builders were some of the hardest hit by the economic downturn. I had the chance to sit down with leaders in the commercial construction industry and the South Florida Builders Association to discuss how we can help these industries prosper once again.
One way we can help these industries is by working hard to root out the fraud in workers’ compensation which cripples these industries and cheats honest and fair entrepreneurs.
Diversifying Florida’s economy is key to our long-term economic success. One example is Watermark Medical, a privately held medical products company servicing the sleep-disordered breathing market. I met with these entrepreneurs this week who are focused on bettering the lives of our fellow Floridians and helping our economy in turn. Another such company is 3c Interactive, a mobile software and services company that helps businesses communicate with consumers on their mobile devices. Companies such as these are helping lead Florida down an economic path filled with innovation and diversity.
Commemorating the Constitution
Thomas Jefferson said, “The Constitution of most of our states and of the
United States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may
exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times
armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion,
freedom of property, and freedom of press.”
On Saturday, we commemorate the formation and signing of our Constitution by
thirty-nine courageous patriots who dared to create a nation where sovereignty
lays with people. We must always remember the principles and values that guided
our founding fathers in order to preserve the freedoms of our great nation.
Celebrating Our Hispanic Heritage
Hispanic Heritage month began this week and continues through October 15th.
Join us in paying tribute to the many generations of Hispanic Americans who have
positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
recognize the accomplishments and contributions of this important group of
fellow Floridians. Twelve of Florida’s state parks showcase Hispanic heritage by
preserving historic explorations and settlements throughout the state of