FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES
Team Asencio 2016
Former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once said “Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Work is not only the way we keep ourselves, our families, and our communities alive and well; work gives us a purpose, work gives us a sense of belonging, work gives us happiness. Everyone wants and needs to feel useful, and the opportunity to work satisfies that need. Recent psychological research shows that the stress workers feel from being unemployed is akin to that of losing a loved one, and that stress can lead to a myriad of other costly effects, such as an increase in crime rates, divorce, and health problems.
The country is still recovering from the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression, and Florida and Miami-Dade County have kept pace with the national trend, however, there’s still a lot to be done. The county’s current unemployment rate is about 4.9%—which seems acceptable—but most of those jobs are low-paying service-sector and retail jobs. With Miami’s exorbitant cost of living, these low-paid employees are forced to take on more than one job just to make ends meet—the average annual cost of living in Miami is $43,066. Furthermore, average hourly wages in Miami are below national averages—in fact, wages in the county have dropped 13% since 2000—and well over 500,000 Dade County residents are living below the poverty line.
This is not acceptable. Our tourism and hospitality sectors are doing just fine—we need to diversify our economy—we need to be investing in education, science, and technology. These are areas that will require employment, and their practices will create further employment. Education imparts the skills and wisdom that are valuable to employers and inspire critical thinking and entrepreneurship; scientific discoveries expose areas of our world that have never been examined, and could lead to any number of applications that could benefit us and our environment; technological advances are the way of the future, and letting this sector slip through our fingers is not only a disservice to workers, it is a disservice to the future of humankind. And for those who dowork in the tourism, hospitality, and service industries, a wage increase is sorely needed. This would enhance their purchasing power, and the economy overall.
It has been too long that we have had to put up with politicians ignoring and abusing the very programs that have the biggest effect on employment. It’s time for a change. We need representation that is dedicated whole-heartedly to the well-being and progress of their constituents. I want to be that representation. If my constituents are telling me to make the necessary moves to improve their chances of finding work worthy of their standards, then I will work tirelessly to make it so.
My name is Robert Asencio, I am running for the Florida House of Representatives, and I am offering a higher standard.
Help me compete with my opponents’ massive funds, and fight for a brighter future for all Floridians. Please visit www.asencio2016.com, and contribute to our campaign.
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