January 2, 2012
Why do you think so many legislators in 2011 stood against Public Employees and our labor unions? Regardless of party affiliation, ideological beliefs or prejudice as members of the endangered middles class we must ask ourselves: Has the economy or quality of our lives, loved ones, and all around us improved or gotten worse during the past few years? Either way, why are we, the ones who sustain local economies, forced to bare greater sacrifices while the super rich and major corporations go untouched by elected officials at all levels of government?
With a diminished tax base – ill housing market, high unemployment, and slow business growth – contributing to Florida’s continued budget shortfall, why are legislators not working on the creation of economic revitalization and new jobs initiatives? Why are so many veteran legislators championing Florida Governor Rick Scott’s unproven political ideology of further cutting from one of the cheapest state run governments in the Nation? Beliefs that seek to further downsize state government through elimination of over 4,500 state jobs; privatization of prison; reduced funding to services for the needy; sharing public education dollars with privately owned charter school companies; and decreased pay for Public Employees resulting from having to pay more for health care coverages.
If the super rich and corporations are key to economic recovery then why hasn’t the economy improved? After all, the elite few already benefit from disproportionate taxation and favoring legislation. Are we to believe the further waiving of corporate taxation without a guarantee of increased state revenue will somehow improve the quality of life of most Floridians?
If legislators who favor this ideology are truly committed to serving their constituents, why not seek to work in tandem with the private sector to increase Florida’s marketability while making it lucrative to invest and do business in our state? Why not create incentives like sliding tax scales that will reduce corporate taxation in proportion to the quality and quantity of jobs created and/or business contributions to local economies? If not easily feasible, why not create similar incentives to help offset the burden carried by Public Employees and all other working class taxpayers while investing in Florida’s infrastructure?
Likewise, are we to assume stripping power away from our labor unions is key to economic redevelopment? Or, is it that Public Employees and our strong labor unions stand in the way of meeting the objective of benefiting the super rich and major corporations who are clearly influencing state politics?
Can we afford to continue to pay the price of trusting the same elected officials who failed to act by
legislating against the actions of the same corporations and financial institutions responsible for nearly collapsing the economy? Can we trust they are acting in the best interests of anyone other than themselves and the elite few?
As an election year, 2012 represents an opportunity for Public Employees to join forces with our labor unions and fellow Floridians as never done before. We have an opportunity make history by uniting under the cause of supporting elected officials, candidates, and legislative agendas representative of “We the People of Florida”. In doing so, we have the chance to ensure Public Employees as working class Floridians have a stake in the creation of fair legislation and limiting the political self-serving interest of the elite few.
If you agree, we ask for your help in spreading the call for unity and joining the the Florida Public Employees Partnership – a network of unity created by Public Employees to serve and ensure the interests of working class Floridians.
Florida Public Employees
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