Volume 8 Number 22 June 3, 2011

Dear Fellow Floridians:

Every baseball player knows how important it is to protect home base. This hurricane season, protect your home base - your family, home and finances - before a storm threatens.

Baseball and hurricane safety have a lot in common. To be successful at either you have to prepare, plan and most importantly, execute the plan. Doing so will help you protect your home base this hurricane season.

The nation’s top meteorologist has predicted an above-normal hurricane season this year, with 12 to 18 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes. The destruction caused by recent tornadoes and flooding is a vivid reminder for all Florida residents and small business owners to review their insurance policies and speak to their insurance agent about the coverage they will need in the event of a disaster.

Hurricane season continues through the end of November. For additional information regarding hurricane preparedness, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com or call (850) 413-3089 or toll-free at 1-877-My-FL-CFO (1-877- 693-5236). Another great resource is www.flash.org.

Sincerely,

Jeff





Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida


CFO Atwater: Statement Regarding the Signing of HB 7095, the Pill Mill Bill

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Friday released the following statement recognizing Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi for the signing of House Bill 7095, the pill mill bill, and their efforts to combat Florida’s pill mill epidemic.

“Attorney General Bondi, in partnership with Governor Scott, has been a fierce advocate for reforms that will help her office crackdown on the rampant prescription drug abuse that has been plaguing our state.

“Today’s bill signing marks a new day in the fight against the pill mills that have grown like weeds for far too long. With these new tools at her disposal, I am confident that Attorney General Bondi will go after these glorified drug dealers who have been able to skirt the law until now.”


Back to School Tax Holiday

This week, Governor Scott signed legislation creating a back-to-school sales tax holiday. The three-day tax holiday will take place Aug. 12-14 and includes clothing, wallets and backpacks costing $75 or less, school supplies selling for $15 or less, and all shoes.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says it will help families stretch their dollars this summer.

"I think it was the right thing for us to do. The families are the ones who are stressed. Here in the state Capitol, we'll be OK. It's the families we need to be watching out for so they can keep more money in their pockets. This was well-timed and it's going to be good for Florida, which means it's good for the economy."


Businesses Define Florida’s Economic Health

Florida Trend 350I would like to congratulate the 350 public and private companies that made Florida Trend’s "350 Biggest Companies in Florida" list this year. All of the businesses, both public and private, employ thousands of Floridians. A healthy and thriving business community is vital to Florida’s overall economic health and I commend these businesses for helping fuel our economy.


Social Media Communicates in a New Way

FacebookSocial media allows Floridians to have a voice. With millions of Floridians on social media sites, these sites are vehicles to disseminate information and engage the public in an online forum. Through outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, we can remove barriers that separate Floridians from their elected representatives, and allow everyone to share Twitteropinions and even influence public policy. Please take a moment to like my page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CFOJeffAtwater) and follow me on Twitter (@JeffAtwater). I look forward to engaging with you!


Hurricane Season: Are you prepared?

Preparation is the Key in Overcoming a Disaster

Florida residents and business owners can prevent a natural disaster from becoming an insurance nightmare by being prepared, the key to getting back on your feet quickly. Knowing the details of your insurance policy is extremely important and may help prevent your claim from being denied.

Here are the top three reasons insurance claims are denied:

Floridians should review their insurance policies in advance. Once a tropical storm warning has been issued it is too late to make changes to your policy. Talk to your insurance agent about the coverage provided in your home and auto policies to make sure it is adequate in the event of a disaster. For more disaster tips, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com.