For the past two weeks, Americans have watched petty partisan bickering in Washington, D.C. result in a partial government shutdown. And while that may go on for some time, I am optimistic this new Congress can deliver important victories for Floridians and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.
Floridians recently were surprised to learn that last year the number of children uninsured in our state increased for the first time since tracking began a decade ago. According to a recent report released by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, the share of Florida children without insurance coverage rose from 6.6 percent to 7.3 percent.
Paris is in flames over a fuel tax increase that would pile 30 cents onto the $7.06 per gallon price paid by citizens whose average monthly salary is $2,753.This burdensome “carbon tax” on the middle class is intended to help meet Europe’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby halt global warming or climate change. It appears that the 21st century French Revolution has begun. This time, Brussels is sending in tanks to protect the new elite and its agenda.
The carbon tax bill recently introduced by House Democrat Ted Deutch of Florida is a $1 trillion net tax increase over 10 years.
The enormous problems with Common Core Standards (CCSS) and accompanying tests have been obvious to parents and citizens groups since they first were imposed by states succumbing to federal bribery/coercion in 2010. Voluminous evidence continues to confirm those perceptive beliefs.
Many of us are concerned for the future of our republic. American politics has devolved into a divisive, hyper-partisan battle in which we spend more time launching personal attacks than focusing on solutions that make a real, positive impact on our lives and communities. Better and smarter governance requires putting truth at the forefront.
At the end of last week, retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, held a hearing on U.S. Policy With Syria. She opened the hearing as follows:
On Nov. 8, the South Florida Water Management District (District) Governing Board approved a land lease directed by state law. This action immediately terminated agricultural operations on 560 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and gave the District full control of land within the central footprint of the EAA Storage Reservoir Project.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor on Thursday to outline the path forward on the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia following the murder of Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi. A full transcript of Rubio’s remarks is below:
During the first full week in October, public power electric utilities across the United States join to celebrate Public Power Week. It is typically filled with events and activities that help customers and stakeholders learn about the benefits of being part of a public power community. This year, Public Power Week took on a whole new meaning as Hurricane Michael -- just 2 mph shy of a Category 5 storm -- barreled toward Florida’s Panhandle.