This column is coming to you from a desk in Tallahassee as we begin preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session. Our summer went by very quickly but our time was well spent traveling the district and speaking with constituents from around our district and state. From Lake Panasoffkee to Sorrento, and Astor to Groveland, District 12 is a large territory but we enjoyed every minute that we spent driving through these back roads to get to each and every one of you. The message that we shared was simple, no hard left turns for our State and let’s stay on this path of prosperity and increasing opportunity for all Floridians to live the American dream. Another part of that message was of the shared success that you and your Senator had in Tallahassee during the 2019 Session. A brief look at some of these recognitions we received for our work was sent to you earlier this summer, but we have had some more since then and we would be remiss to leave them out. So, let’s take a look at our report cards.
Let’s start with the “A” grade that your Senator received from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It was pleasure to partner with the Florida Chamber on a number of different policy areas that would help to lower the cost of living and cost of doing business on families and job creators, while also preparing for future growth and protecting Florida’s constitution.
During 2019 the Foundation for Florida’s Future selected your Senator to the 2019 Report Card Honor Roll, and was given the highest grade possible. The Foundation advances policies that challenge the status quo – policies and tirelessly advocates for every Florida child to have access to a quality education that prepares them for lifelong success. The Foundations Honor Roll recognizes those policymakers who took bold action to pass student-centered legislation during the 2019 legislative session.
Also, your Senator received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Association of Florida Community Developers (AFCD) for our commitment to providing an effective, efficient, and responsible planning and policy framework that will support economic development while protecting Florida’s many natural assets. The AFCD exists to provide a leadership role in the creation of quality community development and the formulation of a responsible approach to the planning and development of Florida’s future.
For the first time ever, “in recognition of a steadfast commitment to restore citizen government through term limits” your Senator received the Champion of Term Limits Award from U.S Term Limits for our sponsorship of SB 274.
Florida Tax Collectors have a difficult job protecting citizens’ needs at the local level and serving each Florida community by managing state resources. For our partnership, support, and sponsorship of SB 234, we received the Tax Payer Advocate of the Year award from the Florida Tax Collector’s Association.
Thank you for your support and all that we have accomplished together.
Onward & Upward,
Senator Dennis Baxley