Campaign Finance Reform-Bring transparency to campaign funding
Election law in Florida allows candidates and elected officials to open and operate a “political committee”. These political committees can accept unlimited contributions and spend unlimited amounts of money. This has made the traditional candidate campaign account with limits on contributions meaningless.
Transparency has been lost with the proliferation of political committees being formed in Florida and their ability to move money around to operate in the shadows. Special interests can hide the millions of dollars they use to control legislation that benefits their own self-interest at our expense.
The special interest controlling Tallahassee hide in the shadows because election laws allow political committees to transfer money to another one, setting up a shell game that makes it tough to track the original donor.
Government has an interest in providing the electorate with information about election-related spending sources. That transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different messages.
End Corporate Welfare
Corporate Welfare is defined as any government program or spending that provides unique benefits or advantages to specific companies, such as direct grants, loan guarantees, and tax breaks. The policy of granting “economic incentives” to selected hand-picked companies, gives them an advantage over their competitors. This advantage, granted courtesy of the political class, will help determine which businesses succeed or fail in the marketplace. Many of these subsidized businesses never create the jobs they promised and many of these subsided businesses have gone bankrupt. This is our money that we will never get back.
Corporate Welfare creates an uneven playing field by giving selected businesses and industries special advantages. Corporate subsidies put businesses and industries that are less politically well-connected at a disadvantage and creates an incestuous relationship between business and government. All too often, the firms and industries that contribute the most to political campaign coffers are the largest recipients of government handouts.
A free market, without government meddling, directs resources to where they are in greatest demand and cheapest to employ. Corporate Welfare only distorts prices and resource allocation. A politician picking certain industries is arrogant on their part, businesses need flexibility to meet customer needs and wants, mandating solar panels and ethanol could waste capital when there may be a much more affordable and efficient alternative energy source in the future. What industry serves society best today may not be the best in the future.
Repeal Red Light Cameras
The red-light camera law came to Florida in 2010. The law makes vehicle owners guilty unless they identify who they think had custody of their vehicle. This law turns American freedom and justice upside down in the pursuit of the dollar. This law turns law enforcement into a for-profit scheme and has wrongly ticketed many people in Florida while failing to reduce red light violation (RLV) crashes. Fine money is split between the city operating the devices (who pays the device vendor) and the state. This is a multi-million dollar a year industry in Florida.
Repeal state mandated “gun free zones” such as airports and college campuses
Gun free zones are an open invitation to criminals that know law abiding citizens are not armed and unable to defend themselves. Individuals should always be able to defend themselves in private, public and government facilities.
Stop Common Core
Common Core creates a top-down one-size-fits-all educational standards that takes away the flexibility and creativity that teachers need to assess the abilities of individual students. Each student is unique in their abilities and teaching the same concepts on the same schedule without that regard for the uniqueness of individual students is not the right approach in providing a quality education.
Allow small Craft Breweries to Self-Distribute
Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries. Craft breweries know what’s best for their beer; from how it should be stored, to how it’s sold, where it’s sold and how it’s delivered. Selling directly to a retailer allows higher profit and the ability to develop their product and brand.
End the Slush Funds for Politicians
Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed as anti-poverty measures. But CRAs are being used to subsidize museums, concert halls, production studios and other pet projects of local political officials. CRAs are now slush funds to reward political donors who fund elected official’s campaigns.
Stop giving our taxpayer dollars to billionaire sports team owners
The state of Florida is taking our taxpayer money and handing it out to billionaire sports team owners. The Florida Legislature currently budgets $2 million every year to each of the nine major sports franchises like the Miami Dolphins. In 2014, the Florida legislature decided to give sports team owners even more of taxpayer money by making available funding for privately owned stadiums to build or renovate sporting centers.
Protect Direct Primary Care (Doctor/Patient agreements) from unnecessary regulations
A Direct Primary Care agreement gives Doctors a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services. Direct care benefits patients by providing substantial savings and more access to, and time with, physicians. Direct Primary Care agreements makes doctors responsive to patients, not insurance company bureaucrats or government rule-makers.
Because government bureaucrats do not like anything they can’t regulate and control, and big insurance companies do not like competition, there are attempts to define Direct Primary Care agreements as a form of insurance that would be under a mountain of regulations and bureaucratic red tape.