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Paulette V. Armstead for Fl House 2018
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Jobs and the Economy
As a small business owner, I want to see more new business start-ups, more growth for existing businesses and the creation and sustainability of more good full-time jobs that pay “livable wages”. I would also like to see an expansion to the incentive package and tax credits for new corporations moving into Florida and creating hundreds of good paying jobs.
I believe that we can and should be creating good paying fulltime jobs and expanding our economy by removing unnecessary impediments to opening or expanding businesses – small and large.
I will work to implement legislation and programs that will help boost Florida’s economy.
Healthcare
I believe that all Floridians – children and adults should have access to quality medical care, mental health care and related services. Unfortunately, thousands of other Floridians, especially the low-income working poor do not have access to quality health care because they fall between the “coverage gap” of the federal poverty level. According to the 2015 data, Florida currently ranks number 2 among 50 states with the highest number of uninsured low-income working poor Americans. Therefore, I will work to:
• Support the acceptance of the estimated $51 billion dollars in federal funds through the ACA and the use of those funds to extend health care coverage to low-income working families who fall between the Medicaid coverage gap.
• Support legislation to reinstate funding to the 80 charitable clinics affected by the governor’s veto and work to reinstate funding to the Adults with Disability Program.
Education
Many of our schools are plagued with inadequate state funding; overcrowded classrooms, low student achievement; low graduation rates; lack of oversight and financial/program accountability for charter schools; inadequate certification and low compensation for teachers. At the college level, rising tuition rates, excessive student loan debt and job placement issues are also of major concern and must be addressed through increased funding and monitoring of loan practices.
Instead of increasing state funding for public education to meet the needs of our children, it continues to be drastically cut. Academic success for our children depends upon Florida making a stable financial investment in education.
Florida’s 2015 – 2016 per pupil expenditure is about $7,128 per student. The national average is $12,509 per student. Today, Florida ranks 29th among the 50 states. It has a grade of C.” Therefore, I pledge to work to ensure that our bipartisan legislation complies with the 1973 Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) to ensure that educational programs and services are “adequately funded and fairly allocated” to meet the growing needs of all Florida children. I will also work hard to increase the average per pupil expenditure and move Florida up in national ranking. 
Civil Rights/Equality
I believe that no persons or class of persons should be discriminated against or be treated unequally because of his/her race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. I support parity for women and equality for all persons, including our LGBT citizens. 
As your elected representative, I will sponsor and/or support state legislation that will remove the disparities in wages, pay, and employment as well as disparities in elected and appointed political positions. I will oppose state actions that unduly restrict a woman’s decision to control her own reproductive health. I will work hard to implement legislation that will make it illegal to discriminate in employment, housing, in the workplace or in adoptions because of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity/expression. I will work for the passage of the Florida Competitive Workplace Act.

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