Bill Galvano was sworn in as the sunshine state’s 88th Senate President, and in his acceptance speech Galvano outlined some of the important things he wishes to see Florida ge to work on as he assumes this new position.
In his speech, he noted that Florida “must address the issues at hand, starting with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. By all accounts, an aftermath costing billions of dollars that will impact our budgetary and policy decisions out of the gate.”
Galvano also noted that “we have much to be proud of and many reasons to be optimistic. Private sector job growth in Florida continues to outpace the nation. Unemployment is at the lowest point in over a decade. And, after reducing debt by $10 billion since December 2010, for the first time in our state’s history, Florida has an AAA bond rating with all three rating agencies.”
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He added that Florida needs to “build on our past decisions to keep taxes low, regulations reasonable, and to set aside ample reserves, while making smart investments in essential government services, including services for servicemen and women, veterans, and first responders, persons with unique abilities, children and our elderly. By being disciplined, we will keep our state strong and in a position where families find prosperity and where private sector innovators come to start, expand and grow their businesses.”
Galvano mentioned that “With the proper planning we can attract technology, not just tourists. We can be the target for venture capital, job creators and startups. Let us together develop ideas, supporting and working with our schools, colleges, and universities to ensure the necessary flexibility to students and their families to be a part of this vision. Hand-in-hand with a growing and diversifying economy is a well-trained, skilled workforce, with a nexus to economic demands.”
Finally, he detailed that the sunshine state “can find ways to maximize our technical colleges and our state colleges to meet these demands. Our goal should continue to be job growth, but with a focus on higher paying, skilled jobs. I will also continue to seek the leadership in this chamber to provide economic opportunities to our rural communities that make up the spine of our state. I ask for your leadership to diversify, support research, strengthen, and welcome new technologies in agriculture. And, let us take renewed interest in the timber industry and other impacted crops in the wake of Hurricane Michael.”