Senate President and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos just sent out this email to fellow Republicans:
As I have reflected upon the work we just completed in Tallahassee and your integral and important role, I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks and congratulations to you. The challenges we faced were unprecedented, as were our accomplishments on behalf of the people of the State of Florida.
Indeed, you have taken the tough steps to put our state back on the road to fiscal health. This work will create the certainty and stability entrepreneurs and private sector job creators need to start hiring again. And you tackled the challenges in front of you with a long-term view instead of seeking quick fixes or just kicking the can down the road.
It is not surprising that some have tried to revise history, characterizing the session as a failure and thus the accomplishments that you worked so hard for as failures as well. The liberal and political beneficiaries of this revisionist history are predictable. As is their playbook: single out one or two issues left on the table and ignore the voluminous conservative accomplishments that will help to get our economy and Florida's families back on track.
This tremendous body of work, that the liberal and political spoilsports can’t and won’t acknowledge, includes:
*A Balanced Budget that cut almost $4 billion without Raising Taxes or Fees
*Education Reform that recognizes and rewards good teachers
*Medicaid Reform that is quickly becoming a nationwide model
*$308 million in Tax Cuts
*A Smart Cap Amendment to Limit Future Government Spending
*The Health Care Freedom Act to block ObamaCare mandates
*Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
Your accomplishments certainly do not stop there and are literally too numerous to mention in this note. I am proud of you and the hard work you did, not only on the part of your constituents, but in service to our whole state.
I know some of the decisions you had to make weren't easy, and we may not have always seen eye to eye on everything, but at the end of the day, we did the right thing and this was a session full of accomplishment to be proud of. I simply won't let the arm-chair extremists tell people otherwise about you or this Legislature.
Thanks again for all that you do for our great state