Let's bring good jobs back to Florida's 2nd District.
America will remain great only if working families in North Florida can count on good jobs that honor and reward hard work – jobs that pay enough so you can own a home, have affordable health care, afford college for you and your children, and have a secure retirement – jobs with dignity.
Yet too many North Florida working families have little financial security and find work only in low-wage jobs. This is the result of Florida political leaders’ conscious strategy to entice employers to relocate or expand here with the offer of a low-wage workforce. And working families have paid the price. You can’t be a good provider with most of those jobs. That’s why many of you have to work two or more jobs at once – and still can't make ends meet.
We can begin with a honestly-funded reconstruction and expansion of North Florida's infrastructure – our highways and bridges, sewer and water services, ports and harbors, efficient energy, and improved rural telecommunication and high-speed Internet services – which Congress has failed to enact. These require direct spending, not phony tax credit schemes that let private investors charge working families outrageous fees and tolls.