Pointing to inequality and “self-delusion” by Gov. Rick Scott after his State of the State address Tuesday, a group of liberal activists called Awake the State outlined their proposals for the legislative session.
“We’re here to unveil a bold, progressive agenda that works for all Floridians, not just the wealthy and well connected,” said Barbara DeVane of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.
Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Town of Cutler Bay, headlined the announcement, which brought together activists on five central agenda items.
1. Expanding health care, including a Medicaid expansion that has been unable to gain traction among many Republicans, especially in the Florida House of Representatives.
2. Passing a Water Protection Act to ban fracking and institute other regulations aimed at minimizing pollution.
3. Implementing a Clean Energy Act to set a goal for 40 percent of the state’s energy to come from non-nuclear, renewable sources by 2030. Activists are already rallying behind a constitutional amendment to allow individuals to harvest and sell solar power on the 2016 ballot.
4. Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour with annual increases tied to inflation. The minimum wage in Florida is $8.05, one of 29 states above the federally mandated $7.25 an hour.
5. Lowering campaign contributions to limit the influence of money in politics and reduce corruption.
The announcement in the Captiol will be echoed throughout the day by activists in nine counties, including Pinellas and Broward.