Volume 2 Number 5
January 31, 2005










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Last week a distinctive face recognized from world news, former Prime Minister of Israel and now the Minister of Foreign Affairs Binyamin Netanyahu, was in Tallahassee visiting with Gov. Bush. He was then whisked down the hall to my office where we had the opportunity to talk about many areas of finance and politics.

Netanyahu studied in the United States and returned to his native Israel for military service in 1967. His career went from business to politics, and he was elected to the Knesset in 1988. During the Gulf War his political position strengthened and he emerged as a candidate for prime minister from the Likud party, winning the 1996 election.

In addition to appreciating his candor and intellect, Netanyahu demonstrated a strong grasp of U.S. politics. We talked at length about the “part-time” legislature aspect of Florida government, an aspect of our government that our founding fathers had in mind.

I certainly look forward to meeting with him again.

Our masthead for January is a view of the County Courthouse located downtown in beautiful Madison County, Florida.
 


 

 

 

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MANY FLORIDIANS ARE MISSING OUT ON TAX WINDFALL

Florida CFO, Coalition launch statewide education effort to help Floridians claim millions

As many as 350,000 Floridians could be claiming an immediate cash refund worth thousands of dollars - and now there are free resources available to help them do it, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher has announced.

“We know that thousands of Floridians qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and don’t claim it. For many families, these dollars could help pay down debt or make a down payment on a house. For Florida, it means millions of dollars added to our economy,” Gallagher said. “Our goal in promoting awareness of the tax credit and the resources available is to get money back in the hands of hardworking taxpayers so that they can take advantage of Florida’s unlimited opportunity.”  CONTINUED
 

 GALLAGHER URGES ELIGIBLE HURRICANE VICTIMS TO SUBMIT MULTIPLE DEDUCTIBLE INFORMATION

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher called on all Floridians who may be eligible to receive compensation for multiple hurricane deductibles to act now so their applications for relief are received before the March 1st deadline. The Multiple Deductible Reimbursement Program was created to avoid economic tumult the state faced because many Floridians could not afford to rebuild or repair their homes after being charged up to four deductibles.

The Florida Legislature set a March 1, 2005 deadline for applications seeking reimbursement. “Those who may be eligible for reimbursement of multiple deductibles should have received application packages from their insurance company by now,” said Gallagher, “but if they haven’t received them they should immediately contact their insurer and our department.” CONTINUED
 

 

ICHEIC

 

GALLAGHER, ICHEIC JOIN UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO LAUNCH PILOT PROJECT FOR STUDENTS AND HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today joined University of Miami President Donna Shalala in launching a national pilot project linking students with Holocaust survivors to facilitate a deeper understanding and learning of the historical significance of the Holocaust. 

“I understand from the students involved in this project that long-lasting friendships have already been built,” said Gallagher.  “In the words of one student, ‘If not for this opportunity, I don’t know how else I might have been able to come across this set of circumstances and experience.’  This is exactly what we envisioned when we created this project.”  CONTINUED
 


 

 

 

FLORIDA LEAGUE OF CITIES THANKS CFO TOM GALLAGHER FOR LEADING INSURANCE FRAUD FIGHT 

The Florida League of Cities has presented Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher with a resolution to acknowledge his department’s work in fighting insurance fraud.  Florida League of Cities President Clay Ford, who also serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Gulf Breeze, presented the resolution during a brief ceremony at the Capitol.

In accepting the resolution Gallagher said, “This is a gracious acknowledgment of our department’s anti-fraud work, but we certainly realize the battle is not over.  Fraud is still a serious problem in Florida and is costing our citizens millions of dollars in increased premiums and in increased costs for goods and services.”  CONTINUED


 

AUTO SHOP OWNERS CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD

The owners of an auto repair shop were arrested on insurance fraud charges stemming from an investigation that showed they underreported payroll to avoid paying thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation premiums.

Edward and Mary Thibeault, owners of Ed's Auto Repair, located at 2936 North SR 7, were booked this morning into the Broward County Jail with bond set at $1,500 each. If convicted, each faces up to five years in prison on the third-degree felony charge. The arrests were made by insurance fraud investigators with the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud.

“Employers who don’t fully cover their workers not only break the law but also break an obligation they have to their employees to make sure they are taken care of if they are injured on the job,” said Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. “Workers’ compensation fraud hurts workers and employers who play by the rules and will not be tolerated in Florida.”  CONTINUED
 

 

 

BID FOR THE LUNCH OF A LIFETIME! 

Top Celebrities Donate an Hour of their time for Charity eBay
Lunch Auction

 

CFO Tom Gallagher, Coach Bobby Bowden, Attorney General Charlie Crist and Congressman John Mica are among the list of 200 famous faces up for bid to benefit Communities In Schools

 

Communities In Schools, the nation’s leading stay-in-school organization, has launched its third annual Lunch With a Leader ™ online auction at www.lunchwithaleader.com.  The auction, which is hosted on eBay, will allow high bidders to have the lunch of a lifetime with a NASCAR legend, a former first lady, the founder of a Fortune 500 company…and many others.

 

FSU Coach Bobby Bowden, Florida’s CFO Tom Gallagher, Florida’s Attorney General Charlie Crist, and Congressman John Mica are “up for bid” February 1st – February 11th.  Proceeds from these Florida leaders will benefit Communities In Schools of Florida.  Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher said: “As a proud CIS board member, I am happy to participate in this great event.

Along with First Lady Laura Bush, I support Communities In Schools because 'CIS turns kids on to learning by turning them on to life’.”  CONTINUED