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April 03, 2014

DCCC puts Carlos Curbelo on defense over Ryan budget's Medicare cuts

From a press release:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching the first phase of a sweeping nationwide paid effort – “Battleground: Middle Class” – to communicate with voters in Florida that Candidate Carlos Curbelo’s new Republican budget is selling out the middle class in favor of special interests and the ultra-wealthy.

The “Battleground: Middle Class” project will reach voters through paid advertising, efforts to connect them to their representatives and field efforts in their neighborhoods and at their homes.

Carlos Curbelo and House Republicans’ new budget was unveiled Tuesday, and highlights include: raising taxes on middle class families, ending the Medicare guarantee for seniors and turning Medicare into a voucher program, and costing our economy 1.1 million jobs next year alone – all while heaping tax breaks on corporations that ship jobs overseas.

“Carlos Curbelo’s new Republican budget is the clearest illustration yet that he is not on the side of Florida’s middle class families – Curbelo’s Republican budget rewards the special interests and the wealthy who need help the least, and does it on the backs of the middle class,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The people of Florida cannot afford Curbelo’s reckless budget that costs jobs, threatens middle class families’ financial security, raises their taxes, and ends the Medicare guarantee for Florida seniors, while giving more handouts to the corporations and special interests that are shipping our jobs overseas.”

Curbelo responds:

While I'm pleased the DCCC has recognized that I'm going to win this election, the budget does not yet have my input. That will come next January, after we've defeated Joe Garcia and put an end to the scandals and the embarrassment that he has caused our community. Joe Garcia and the DCCC's baseless attacks and shallow talking points aside, I would vote for any budget that helps create jobs and rewards hard work, protects Medicare for seniors, and stops immorally piling debt on my generation and on my daughters' generation.  While I have not fully reviewed this budget I'm inclined to support it. 

Garcia responds to Curbelo's response:

“I have fully reviewed the Ryan budget, and it’s a disaster for America. It raises taxes on middle class families and lowers taxes on the wealthy. It turns Medicare into a voucher program, and puts the hole back in the Medicare Part D donut. It does the opposite of protecting Medicare for seniors. It is a big giveaway to wealthy donors, and anyone who does even a cursory review of this budget should reject it out of hand. I will never hesitate to oppose a budget that harms seniors and the middle class.“

Here's the web ad:


Hundreds of college students head to the Capitol on Thursday

A press release from the Florida College System Student Government Association:

Over 400 college students from across Florida are expected to unite at the Capitol steps on Thursday, April 3rd at 10 am to rally for College Affordability and In-state Tuition, among other concerns.

 The Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) represents the nearly one million students enrolled in the Florida College System's 28 community and state colleges.

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Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

It’ll be a long, busy day at the Capitol, as the budget is discussed on both floors. There are some key bills, too.

House Education Committee meets at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to hear HB 7083 that would require charter schools and school districts to use a standard contract. Districts believe it will take away their ability to negotiate with charter schools and oppose it.


At 9 a.m., the Senate’s Transportation Committee* will consider SB 772, by Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Miami, that would change the make-up of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. It reduces the number of MDX board members from 13 to 9 and prevents lobbyists from serving on the board. Last week, Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member told the Times/Herald that he resigned from the board because of disrespectful treatment toward Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign. Scott’s office said Sanabria was dismissed because he supported toll increases. The bill would give the governor more control over the board.


The main attraction at the Senate’s 11 a.m. floor session, is a final vote on SB 448, the so-called “warning shot” bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker. Backed heavily by the NRA and having already cleared the House, it would expand the state’s “stand your ground” protections by granting immunity for those who fire a warning shot. They will also begin discussing its proposed $75 billion budget.


The Senate will also vote on SB 320, by Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, would require parasailing boat operators to carry liability insurance of $1 million per occurrence, or $2 million in aggregate.


The House, meanwhile, is expected to vote on its proposed $75 billion budget for the budget year beginning on July 1. Spoiler alert: Democrats will note the absence of Medicaid expansion. Republicans won’t care.


* One thing NOT happening at the Senate’s 9 a.m. transportation committee that is quite noteworthy is that there will be no second consideration of SB 144. Sponsored by the committee chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, the bill would ban red light cameras. It stalled last week in a 4-4 deadlock. Although Brandes said he would bring it back up again for a vote today, he said he chose not to because the prospects of another deadlock, 5-5, was too likely. He said he’s considering his next move, which could include amending the bill language onto a transportation highway safety bill later in session. He did that last year, too, but the amendment failed.