TAKE ACTION: It is time to end failed corporate welfare programs!

The House Careers and Competition Subcommittee recently held a panel discussion with economist and government officials to review economic incentive programs (aka, corporate welfare). Amy Baker, the state’s chief economist gave a presentation on the return on investment of taxpayer money for the various economic incentive programs.

The question was, are these incentive programs working?

The answer was decidedly negative.

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TAKE ACTION: When is, a tax increase a tax increase?

If the tax you pay this year is higher than the tax you paid last year, that is a tax increase. To say otherwise is like denying gravity.

For the second year, Governor Scott wants to increase spending on education on the backs of property owners and has proposed an education budget of $21 billion. Of the $21 billion education budget, almost half would come from the “required local effort” portion of your property taxes. Florida property owners will see a $558 million property tax increase from last year.

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TAKE ACTION: Help make sure the Red Light Camera ban passes the first Florida Senate stop

Tuesday, February 7th is a big day for repealing red light cameras. SB 178 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee at 2:00 on Tuesday February 7th. On January 27th, HB 6007 passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee 13-1. Many legislators that sit on that subcommittee told Paul Henry and John Hallman that they were receiving hundreds of calls to repeal the cameras. We need the same effort for the Senate Transportation Committee.

Your phone calls and e-mails are making a difference, so let’s keep it going leading up to Tuesday.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Rick Scott to Stop His Plans on Corporate Welfare

Governor Rick Scott has announced a recently commissioned poll to try to show support for his failing economic incentive programs. The term “economic incentives” is misleading, economists refer to “economic incentive programs” as “corporate welfare”. Corporate Welfare is the policy of granting special privileges to selected hand-picked companies, which gives them an advantage over their competitors and creates an uneven playing field.

“THEY’RE INHERENTLY UNFAIR. SOME OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD BUILDING THEIR BUSINESSES AND YOU’RE DANGLING CARROTS FOR NEW BUSINESSES WHO’LL GRAB THE GOLDEN RING AT THE LAST MINUTE WHILE YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE PAYING THE BILL”.

Professor Shawn Kantor, an economist at Florida State University

Many of these subsidized businesses never create the jobs they promised and many have gone bankrupt. Here is a headline from the Bradenton Herald on January 13:

State economist says 70 percent of Florida’s incentive programs are losing money

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TAKE ACTION: Repealing Red Light Cameras starts this week!

HB 6007 which will repeal Red Light Cameras will be heard in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

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January LFN Legislative Agenda Call

We held the Liberty First Network Legislative agenda call on January 5th at 7:00 PM. 

Click on the link below to listen to a recording of this call. 

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SB 140 ACTION ALERT: Open Carry/Campus Carry

On Tuesday January 10th, 2017 SB 140 "Open Carry/Campus Carry" bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 2:00 PM. SB 140 provides that a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon may also openly carry such firearm or weapon. SB 140 also deletes provisions prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility and airport terminals.

45 states allow “Open Carry”, Florida is one of only five states that prohibit open carry: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina. It is time for Florida to separate from New York, California and Illinois and join the rest of the country to recognize our natural right to defend ourselves and that bearing Arms is a right that cannot be infringed upon in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

Open Carry creates more of a deterrent to criminals, just carrying a concealed weapon does not alert a criminal that you have a firearm. Many studies report criminals will avoid an armed person or home when selecting a victim.

According to the Department of Justice 2012 report; Murder rates are 5% higher in non-open carry states, Aggravated assault rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states, Violent crime rates are 23% higher in non-open carry states and Robbery rates are 36% higher in non-open carry states.

Our Colleges and Universities are now "Gun Free Zones" and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves. Despite unproven claims from the anti-gun rights groups, eight States have “Campus Carry” including Utah for the last ten years and Utah University officials report no improper incidents on campus in that 10- year time.

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The Senate Open Carry/Campus Carry bill, SB 140 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday January 10th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to support SB 140.

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Full Name Phone Number E-Mail
Greg Steube (850) 487-5023 steube.greg.web@flsenate.gov
Lizbeth Benacquisto (850) 487-5027 benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov
Randolph Bracy (850) 487-5011 bracy.randolph.web@flsenate.gov
Anitere Flores (850) 487-5039 flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov
Rene Garcia (850) 487-5036 garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov
Audrey Gibson (850) 487-5006 gibson.audrey.web@flsenate.gov
Debbie Mayfield (850) 487-5017 mayfield.debbie.web@flsenate.gov
Bobby Powell (850) 487-5030 powell.bobby.web@flsenate.gov
Perry E. Thurston Jr. (850) 487-5033 thurston.perry.web@flsenate.gov

 

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December 16th Tallahassee Update

Liberty First Network Tallahassee Update
December 16, 2016

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This week concludes the early committee weeks in Tallahassee for the year.

Last week the House met to review the new House rules and procedures for the 2017 legislative session. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has implemented new rules to bring more transparency and disclosure reporting to the legislative process. These new rules are to make sure policy decisions are not being done secretly by big money special interest groups and their lobbyist using undue influence to gain special favors from the government.

This week the Senate met and reviewed Senate President Joe Negron’s rules and procedures. The Senate did not adopt the House’s new rules and will not have the same disclosure reporting now required in the House.

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2017 Liberty First Network Legislative Schedule

The Liberty First Network 2017 legislative calendar is out. CLICK HERE to see our events page.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN 2017 Legislative Agenda Statewide Video Conference Call

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM / LFN January Liberty Lobby Day at the Capitol

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Monday, February 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM / LFN February Legislative Update Statewide Video Conference Call

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Prospects for repealing red light cameras in the Florida Legislature

For several years in the Liberty First Network’s fight to repeal the use of red light cameras we have had success in the Florida House of Representatives and last session a bill to repeal red light cameras passed the House easily. It has been the Florida Senate that continues to stonewall any repeal bill. There have been too many Senators taking the side of the local governments and the camera companies for this government camera-for-profit program, despite studies showing how ineffective these cameras are at preventing intersection crashes.

But, the headwinds are changing in our direction with this year’s primary results and our prospects for finally sending this public nuisance to the dustbin of history are looking very good.

The incoming Senate President will be Joe Negron (District 28). Joe has always supported the repeal of red light cameras and I expect he will be supportive and will not try to block a repeal bill moving through the committee process. Senator Brandes (District 24) will be back for another term in the Senate and is committed to his long-time fight to repeal the cameras. Senator Brandes will sponsor the Senate camera repeal bill again in the 2017 session.

The continued good news is that in the August 30 primary election we had several former House members win who support repealing red light cameras. Debbie Mayfield (District 17) and Greg Steube (District 23) won their primary and are expected to win in November. Former Representative Frank Artiles (District 40) has sponsored the House repeal bill over the last few sessions and has a good chance to win a Senate seat in November, as well as Dana Young (District 18), who served as the Majority Leader in the House and supports repealing the cameras. Another former House member who has supported repealing cameras is Keith Perry (District 8) who will have a tough fight in November. Former House members Dennis Baxley (District 12) and Kathleen Passidomo (District 28) won their primaries and with no general election opponents will be sworn into the Senate in November. Both Dennis Baxley and Kathleen Passidomo supported the House camera repeal bill in the last session.

It looks like we will have at least two Democrats win Senate seats that support repealing cameras. Former House member Daphne Campbell (District 38) is unopposed in the general election and former House member Darryl Rousan (District 19) who is likely to win his heavily Democrat district in November.

Representative Richard Corcoran (District 37) will become the Speaker of the House for the next two years. Richard has been a long-time advocate for repealing cameras and is committed to making it happen in the next session. I am not expecting any problems in passing a repeal bill in the House again in the next session.

We will have our best opportunity to finally repeal cameras in the next session, but let me caution you that we still have to be ready to fight. The camera companies like American Traffic Solutions will have their army of lobbyist along with the local government bureaucrats who do not want to see their cash cow die. Please be ready to make the phone calls and e-mails to pressure your legislator to do the right thing. I will keep you alerted as to which legislators you need to contact and when.

However, I need your help to ensure that I will be there every day at the Capitol to remind them that they represent you and not American Traffic Solutions and their high-priced lobbyist. It costs the Liberty First Network $125 per day to be in Tallahassee for the legislative session. It is a large undertaking and with your support we can make a huge impact this upcoming year.

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The fight against red light cameras will be one of our highest priorities this upcoming session. Our chances for success have never been higher but we need you to keep us up there fighting for you.

 

In Liberty,

John Hallman

Liberty First Network


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