Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today announced their joint 2014 Work Plan Florida Agenda. Addressing a group of reporters and editors from across the state who gathered in Tallahassee for the annual Associated Press Editors Forum, the President and Speaker outlined the 5-point agenda they will pursue during the 2014 Legislative Session.
“There are hundreds of issues that arise during a legislative session. Some come from outside Tallahassee, some from time deadlines, and some from the constitution. Speaker Weatherford and I have decided to work together to go beyond these basic responsibilities and lift up other issues we want to solve,” said President Gaetz. “We’ve traveled thousands of miles together, listening to people all over Florida. We’ve heard from our members, who’ve heard from their constituents and of the hundred things we could do, these are the five things we will do and they form our bicameral 2014 Work Plan for Florida.”
“Work Plan 2014 represents the second year of an aggressive, inclusive reform agenda,” said House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel). “I look forward to working with President Gaetz during the upcoming Session on these issues, which are important to the future of our state.”
“The 2014 Work Plan centers on steps we can take to keep Florida on the road to economic recovery. By reducing taxes and fees by $500 million, government is taking less money from the hardworking Floridians who earn it, leaving more money for the day-to-day needs of Florida’s families,” continued President Gaetz.
Work Plan 2014, Joint House and Senate 5-Point Agenda:
- ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION: Expand pathways out of poverty through education and jobs.
- FLORIDA GI BILL: Establish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” state for the military, veterans and their families.
- PROTECT VULNERABLE FLORIDIANS: Increase safeguards for Florida’s children and seniors.
- $500 MILLION TAX CUT: Reduce the amount of money government takes from Floridians who earn it.
- IMPROVE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY: Achieve reform of the Florida Retirement System and continue to improve ethics laws.
Complete Details on the Work Plan 2014 Agenda Document