Update from FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo

Mon, Mar 11, 2019

From the Chair's Desk: Weekly Update
Friday, March 8, 2019
Good Afternoon,
It's been a busy week, with the DCCA retreat and the start of the legislative session in Tallahassee. I want to thank everyone who took the time to join us in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend. It was a productive and really energizing and enjoyable weekend for me, and I hope you all feel the same.
You can find all of the training slide shows in this drive. We have a lot of work to do for 2020, and I am so glad to be on this team with all of you!
Terrie Rizzo
Chair, Florida Democratic Party
Legislative Spotlight
The New Sunshine Deal budget launch was a big success this week — and I want to congratulate House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee and thank everyone for supporting the House Democratic Caucus.
The New Sunshine Deal budget, the House Democrats alternative to Republicans budget, included a larger tax cut for working families than Governor Ron DeSantis' proposal, calls for the expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs. I encourage you to read the full budget here and share these positive news stories below.
  • WFSU: “Governor DeSantis’ budget allocates $335 million in tax cuts for families. The Democrats raise this to $525 million for what Representative Amy Mercado calls a working families tax rebate program.”
  • GateHouse Media: “In their new deal, Democrats would use $524 million of this new money to finance a Working Families Tax Rebate program, similar to the federal earned income tax credit.”
  • News Service of Florida“The plan seeks a tax-rebate program for working families, expansion of Medicaid, a 13 percent pay raise for teachers and fully funded affordable-housing programs. The measure also seeks to provide a cut in the sales tax on commercial leases, which has long been a red-meat item for business groups.”
  • Orlando Sentinel“The ‘New Sunshine Deal’ would use about $524 million of those revenues to give low-income families an average $500 tax rebate. House Democratic Leader Kionne McGhee of Miami said the plan was designed to focus on working families that Republican leaders have ignored.”
  • Florida Phoenix: “McGhee and other Democrats will have a chance to advance some of their spending proposals in the form of separate bills and amendments to other legislation. For instance, McGhee has a bill (HB 1411) that would create a state tax rebate program for low- to moderate-income working families. If the families meet the eligibility requirements of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, they would qualify for a state rebate in the range of $500 per year, he said.”
You can find the Spanish version of the budget HERE and if you haven't followed the Florida Democratic Party's new Spanish language twitter account CLICK HERE and follow us!
Municipal Victory Program: Duval County
Our Duval Democrats are early voting - and The local unitary election will be held on Tuesday, March 19th. 
Democrats have a real opportunity to turn Jacksonville blue in the upcoming municipal races and we need your help!
We have added a virtual phone bank to the FDP website that includes all Democrats who have not mailed in their ballot yet. Can you help turn Duval County blue this election cycle by making a few calls? 
For questions, please contact Lisa Peth at lisa@floridadems.org
HD 38 Special Election
We also have a virtual phone bank set up to help elect Kelly Smith of Pasco County in the Special Election in House District 38 on June 18th.
Kelly served as FEMA Coordinator for Collier County, Zoning Administrator for the City of Marco Island, as a land planner for a civil engineering firm, and currently is an operation coordinator for a transportation engineering firm -- all of the professional experience needed to successfully negotiate Pasco’s many growth challenges.
Please enourage your networks to phonebank - use the VPB below to inform the voters about the special election and to encourage voters to sign up to vote by mail:
Florida Organizing Corps 2020
We really need your help in the field across the state recruiting college juniors for Florida Organizing Corps 2020 - a paid internship this summer that will train future organizers. This program is going to help us build talent from within our own communities and be an integral part of building the grassroots infrastructure needed to defeat Donald Trump in Florida.
The deadline is fast approaching so please share in your networks!
Calendar is Live on the Website:
A reminder that our Calendar is Live!
You can view our Party calendar here: https://www.floridadems.org/get-involved/party-calendar
Additionally, this is our main events page that includes events & activities placed by DECs and caucuses: https://www.floridadems.org/events
Please email info about your annual dinners and major events to ali@floridadems.org, so we can add them to the new calendar.
Save the Date: Leadership Blue Gala

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