Rebuilding the Economy
Mike Caruso knows we can safely re-open Florida’s economy and get people back to work. Mike will fight to fix Florida’s broken unemployment system, and help small businesses navigate the “new normal” COVID-19 has created. Florida must look at our situation and re-examine issues like working from home, formalizing testing, treating and tracing and making sure business owners and employers have access to the Federal programs set up to begin the process of repairing the economic damage COVID-19 has created.
Middle Class Tax Relief
The last thing we need right now during these challenging times is tax increases. Hardworking Palm Beach County taxpayers send enough of their money to Tallahassee. Mike has consistently voted for hundreds of millions in middle class tax relief and will build on that record. Caruso supports cutting taxes and making Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday permanent and re-authorizing the Florida sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness. He will fight to eliminate sales taxes on commercial leases easing taxes on Florida’s small businesses.
Protecting Public Education
Mike is unwavering in his support for public education and voted for $500 million in additional education spending, the highest ever in Florida. These funds went straight to teachers, launching starting salaries to top 5 in the country. Additionally, Mike fought for more resources for Florida’s classrooms, assistance with special needs students and better access to the University System for lower-income students.
Protecting our environment and Florida’s precious natural resources should never be a partisan issue. Mike Voted for programs that will protect our drinking water, water supply and environmentally sensitive lands. As a highlight, Mike co-sponsored and helped pass “The Clean Waterways Act.” This bold reform is a step in the right direction to ensure proper investment and oversight in Florida’s water resources. But, there’s so much more to do and you can count on Mike Caruso to continue the fight to restore the Everglades, stop freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee onto Florida’s East and West coasts and make certain our springs and rivers are protected forever.
Mike worked to increase access to affordable healthcare and protect pre-existing conditions. Mike has supported expanding scope of practice for highly qualified nurses that perform simple procedures at a more affordable rate with less wait time. He has also supported and pushed over the finish line broader use of tele-health which has proved instrumental during the time of COVID-19.
Stopping the Spread
As we all continue to face massive upheaval in our day-to-day lives due to the onset of COVID-19, Mike understands that this isn’t the time for pointing fingers or useless partisan and political bickering. It is incumbent on all of us to do our part by following CDC and State guidelines as well as getting tested if you believe you are sick.
We owe it to those who have died, those who are sick, our friends and neighbors who are at risk as well as those feeling the financial stress, to do everything we can to fight this together. Mike, for his part, has been delivering and coordinating mask shipments, helping residents navigate the bureaucracies of unemployment, loan application and forbearance as well as making food deliveries to those in need. In times of crisis, it becomes clear who is ready to lead and who is not. Mike leads.