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Values

Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

Access to Healthcare

Democrats believe healthcare is a human right. Everyone should have the security that comes with good healthcare and no one should go broke because they get sick. Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA have driven up the cost of premiums, and resulted in many middle and low-income Floridians to losing their coverage. Florida Democrats are committed to fixing the ACA, bringing premiums down, expanding Medicaid for the nearly 800,000 Floridians who have been locked out of the system, protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

 Download Medicaid Expansion Factsheet

An Economy That Works for Everyone

Florida Democrats believe in a future where everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can succeed. We are committed to preserving and expanding the middle class by creating well-paying jobs, by strengthening demand for all that Florida has to offer, and by creating an educated, and skilled workforce.

A strong middle class can only exist in an economy where everyone plays by the same rules, and that means the culture of Tallahassee has to change. When the politically well-connected get special favors, the middle class — and those struggling to get into the middle class — suffer. Democrats will fight for meaningful ethics reform that drains the special interest swamp in Tallahassee.

Instead of favoring political insiders, Democrats will empower small businesses with incentives to create jobs. We will expand training and retraining initiatives for workers to ensure Florida can out-compete other states and other countries. We will strengthen our ports to ensure that Florida remains a center of worldwide commerce far into the 21st century.

Together, Democrats believe that we can create an economy where hard-working Floridians can find a job that pays the bills, where small businesses — not the special interests — can succeed, where a family can own their own home and children can get the high quality education that will let them dream bigger than their parents ever thought possible.

Quality Education

Our children's future depends on their education, and Florida's future depends on our children's success. Improving our schools and creating a skilled and educated workforce is key to our state's economic health. Republicans have continued to cut public education funds, in turn short changing our students. Cuts in funding for public schools and universities forced massive teacher layoffs, and classes like art, music, and athletics were eliminated. Rick Scott and the Republicans have broken their promises on education again and again.

This is a make or break moment for Florida's schools and Florida's future. Democrats stand committed to invest in Florida's public schools, colleges, and universities, because education is the bridge that will lead millions into the middle class. And strengthening education doesn't stop with better schools for our children. Democrats stand committed to improving worker retraining and technical education, because whether you are fifteen or fifty, you deserve a chance to succeed in the modern economy.

Protecting our Environment

The efforts of Rick Scott and Florida Republicans to undermine and even repeal environmental protections culminated in the toxic algae bloom crisis which has been devastating for our state for the past two decades. Our land, our water, and our beaches are our state's greatest treasures and greatest economic assets. Florida Republicans do not understand this basic economic truth, and their disregard for Florida's natural resources is a reckless threat to our economy. Democrats will stand firm against efforts to weaken Florida's protection of our land and water. We reject the false choice between economic prosperity and a healthy environment. In Florida, economic strength and environmental health go hand-in-hand.

Immigration Reform

Florida Democrats are working hard to pass comprehensive immigration reform that will protect our national security, secure our economic future, and allow hundreds of thousands to step out of the shadows. Rick Scott and the Republicans see immigration as a threat to be controlled with Arizona-style laws targeting minorities. They disrespect Dreamers and deny them basic rights, because they do not see them as young people who call the United States of America their home. Worst of all, they stand by and do nothing as President Trump enact reckless and harmful policies that separated children from their parents at our nation's borders, and has refused to reunite families in a timely manner. Florida Democrats will fight to keep America the land of opportunity. We will work to achieve reform that holds everyone accountable, treats everyone fairly, and creates a path for everyone to earn the American Dream.

Preventing Gun Violence

"Proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam and his Republican party would rather give guns to people who shouldn't have them than enact comprehensive gun control policies. The Republican Party's dependence on the NRA for money is why they refuse to enact policies that a majority of Floridians support. Unlike Republicans, Democrats support banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, and a 3-day waiting period for gun sales. Democrats realize that this isn't about taking away the rights of responsible, law abiding gun-owners. This is about making our state safer so that there isn't another shooting in Parkland, Pulse, or anywhere else in Florida. Florida has endured 4 mass shootings in 18 months because of Republicans' refusal to implement common sense gun reform. Let's make sure there isn't a 5th.

 Download Gun Violence Prevention Factsheet

Civil Rights

Democrats have a long and proud history of defending civil rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms. For too many Floridians, though, this ideal is still far from a reality. We will fight the GOP's attempts to purge the voting rolls and suppress our votes, and we will fight to ensure that LGBTA Floridians win equal rights. Democrats will always stand up for those who continue to be denied their basic civil rights.

Government Accountability

Democrats believe in a government that is open, transparent, and responsive to the people. Democrats are committed to enacting sweeping ethics reform to limit the influence of special interests and lobbyists and ensure that government is accountable to the people — and only to the people. These days, it seems that special interests get all the attention of our state leaders, from favors dispensed in closed-door meetings to million-dollar taxpayer giveaways, while regular Floridians get shut out of the political process.

Protecting Voting Rights

One of the most important rights of American citizens is the right to have a say in who our leaders are and how our government works. But the path to full voting rights for all citizens has been long and challenging. Thanks to the efforts of Rick Scott and Florida Republicans, obstacles to voting remain today for far too many Floridians. Democrats will never stop fighting attempts to suppress our votes, and will work for reform that creates accessible, open, and fair elections — a system that ensures that every eligible person can cast a vote and that every lawfully cast vote is counted.

Women and Families

We understand that women's issues are economic issues, and that is why creating jobs that pay well is so important to Florida Democrats. We understand that women's rights are civil rights, and that is why Democrats fight against wage discrimination and violence against women.

With Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, women's rights are in serious danger. On the campaign trail, President Trump said that he would only nominate judges who believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Donald Trump and the Republican party think they know better than women and seem committed to getting between a woman and her doctor. Florida Democrats believe that women have the right to control their own reproductive choices, and will fight to ensure that women have access to contraception in their personal health insurance.