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State of the State: Freedom

January 11th, 2022 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Ron DeSantis declared Flordia to be the freest state in America during his annual state of the state address to open the 2022 legislative session. The Governor vowed to continue on the path to more freedom, with more policies to attract and support business and jobs., As Mike Vasilinda tells us, outnumber Florida Democrats vowed to put up a fierce fight, especially when it comes to a woman’s right to choose. 

Governor Ron DeSantis used the word freedom more than a half dozen times, comparing Florida to other states during his state of the state address.

“While so many around the country have consigned the peoples rights to the graveyard, Florida has stood a freedom’s vanguard” the Governor told lawmakers.

That freedom has produced record revenue for the state

“I’m proposing a one billion dollar gas tax holiday,” a plan he has previously released.

The Governor also vowed never to embrace a soft on crime agenda.

“We will not allow law enforcement to be defunded, bail to be eliminated, criminals to prematurely released from prison, or prosecutors to ignore the law’ says the Governor.

DeSantis is pushing for up to a twenty five percent raise for police, asked for money to deport illegal immigrants, He wants election laws tightened.

“Ballot harvesting  has no place in the state of Florida”

Republicans, including Rep. Sam garrison of Fleming Island in Northeast Florida were joyful afterward. 

“I think the Governor hit a home run. You know where he stands on everything” Garrison told us. 

But Democrat Nikki Fried, who is running for Governor, said Ron DeSantis had failed.

“This governor couldn’t lead Florida out of a paper bag” said the Democratic hopeful.

Afterwards, the Governor told reporters there is no reason for lawmakers  to wait for an abortion decision from the US Supreme Court.

The comment came just hours after Sen. Kelli Stargel introduced a bill limiting abortions to the first 15 weeks.

“I think the decision should be made early in your pregnancy, not later” Stargel told us.

Senate Democrat leader Lauren Book said out numbered Democrats will over come their lack of numbers.

“We are a fierce, fierce bunch of people who want to fight for every day Floridians.”

Democrats are down three members as the session began. One Senator and two House members were required to resign when they decided to run in a special congressional election. 

The session runs through March eleventh. 

 

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