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My Florida C F O

Dear Fellow Floridians:

CFO Atwater takes the oath of office.Yesterday, I had the great privilege of being sworn in for my second term as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. I am very appreciative of the support Florida voters have shown me and my entire team at the Florida Department of Financial Services, and I am excited about our future.

Throughout my career as a public servant, I have made it a priority to fight financial fraud, abuse and waste in government; reduce government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses; and provide transparency and accountability in spending. I am proud to say we have done all of these things during the last four years, but our goals for the next four years are even higher.

In the next few months alone, we will see the opening of Florida’s Firefighter Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol, the billion dollar milestone in unclaimed property returned to Floridians, the completion of the 2015 Legislative Session when I intend to make Florida’s insurance environment more consumer friendly, and our financial literacy programs reach a broader audience than ever before.

I can’t wait to share all of the plans we have for the next four years with you, and I hope you will continue to share your ideas to make Florida more consumer friendly and allow us to help you meet your consumer needs. If you have questions or ideas you want to share, I encourage you to contact our Division of Consumer Services at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO.

Thank you again for your support,

Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

Florida TaxWatch: The Florida economy is expecting a sunny year

Sarasota Herald Tribune: Florida's growth is ramping up

Gainesville Business Report: UF ranks No. 3 on Kiplinger’s best values list

Tampa Tribune: New report says fraud down in ‘no fault’ claims

The Hill: Americans saved $14 billion on gas in 2014

Florida Economic Briefs

Florida expected to outpace the nation in economic growth
Florida’s leading index is expected to increase by 2.02 percent over the next 6 months, 0.32 percentage points higher than the national prediction of 1.7 percent. Leading indexes predict the six-month growth rate of the state’s coincident index, which is a summary of current economic conditions.
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Consumer sentiment continues to rise in December
Consumer sentiment among Floridians reached a post-recession high of 87.4 in December, the highest level since February 2007 (92). Four of the five components that make up the index increased while one decreased, and three of the five were at post-recession highs.
Source: University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research

Fostering Financial Prosperity

This special issue of Florida’s Bottom Line offers an overview of the Department of Financial Services’ transparent, fiscally-sound and consumer-oriented accomplishments since 2011.

Fostering Financial Prosperity