Angie's flourish plan for district 14

Neighborhood Stabilization

Community Associations were once the heart and soul of every neighborhood in our District. Their voice is integral in revitalizing their participation in progress for our community. Angie will continue to create platforms for neighbors and business owners who work together for changes and improvements to be heard and effectuate policy that impacts their communities. Community conversation and community engagement events are the first steps that Angie will take in stabilizing our neighborhoods.

  • Move the office back in the district
  • District 14 Advisory Committee
  • Push for establishment of neighborhood associations

Criminal Justice Reform

The states jails and prisons are over capacity which creates a crippling economic burden for our state. What is worse, the system is focused more on detainment, retainment, and prison labor versus rehabilitation and reentry. Angie is committed to pursuing several interconnected solutions to reform this broken system. Including but not limited to major overhauls of the cash bail system to increase the use of civil citations and advocate for the establishment of citizen review boards.

  • Advocate to abolish private prisons.
  • Advocate for local law enforcement agencies to use civil citations more frequently
  • Draft legislation to Abolish the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights
  • Draft legislation to enforce Citizen Review Boards and Police Accountability Councils

Bail Reform

Individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses are only awarded pretrial release when they can afford to pay bail. But for many of those living in poverty, paying bail is not an option. The continued reliance on a cash bail system has created a two-tiered system of justice: at one level are individuals that have the means to purchase their freedom and avoid jail time while they wait for their day in court, and, at a level below that, are individuals that will remain incarcerated because they are too poor to afford to return to their lives while they await their day in court. Ending cash bail strengthens our community financially, socially, and emotionally this tears up our communities.

  • Avoids meaningless jail time for innocent citizens
  • Creates a bail system based on citizen merit not socioeconomic status.

Fully Fund Education

Preparing our children for success in adulthood starts by guaranteeing them a quality education, from Pre-K to high school. This means increasing per pupil spending in our public schools, which would provide cutting edge technology in every classroom, updated textbooks, and fund the full range of arts and music programs in community schools. Quality education includes increasing teacher pay. To ensure our students have the best teachers we must pay them accordingly. Florida’s annual budget does not prioritize public education. Once elected, Angie will always put Florida’s children first by prioritizing a fully and equitably funded public education system.

  • Advocate for equitable resources for Public Schools in all Zip Codes.
  • Support raises for teachers and support personnel.
  • Advocate to fund arts programs, technical skills training initiatives in public schools.

Affordable Housing

Florida’s affordable housing crisis has spiraled out of control, leaving too many across the state struggling to pay their rent or mortgage and manage the costs of living. Angie believes that the first step towards solving this crisis is ending the yearly raids on the Sadowski Housing Trust. These raids have cost the state more than 2 billion dollars over the last two decades. Angie has a two-step plan in bringing affordable housing to District 14 and like districts across the state.

  • End raids of the Sadowski Housing Trust.
  • Make affordable housing a budgetary priority in the House of Representatives.
  • Create relationships with County and Municipal Governments working to find solutions to the two decade issue of decreasing financial support from the state.

Economic Development

Florida’s economy is heavily reliant on the tourism, hospitality, and manufacturing industries where wages trend lower and benefits are often scarce for employees. Creating an economy that works for working people means offering them the opportunities they need to succeed while also creating an environment that encourages new businesses to put down roots in Duval County. Angie will push for job training for those looking to secure a position in a new industry that pays better wages, assist her constituents in garnering financial assistance for those looking to start their own businesses within their communities, while simultaneously attracting new business and partners who will invest in the community around their businesses.

  • Bring representative businesses to the neighborhoods in which they operate to hire and invest in their surrounding community.
  • Partner with Business and Vendors to provide job training in District 14.

Working Families

To afford the average 2 bedroom apartment in the Sunshine State a Floridian making minimum wage would need to work 108 hours each week, the equivalent of 3 full-time jobs. That does not include other expenses, such as healthcare, transportation, groceries, or childcare. At the beginning of 2020, the state’s minimum wage only went up by a dime, from $8.42 to $8.52. That increase is not enough to allow working people in our state to support themselves and their families, even if they work more than one job, and many do. The current minimum wage does not afford a working family the opportunity to close the wealth gap, purchase a home, or start a business. Angie will expand her effort to combat the issues facing working families.

  • Advocate for a state mandated living wage.
  • Advocate to overhaul and recreate a more viable unemployment system with reentry plans.

Healthcare

According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida is ranked #48 for overall health care among 50 states + the District of Columbia. More than 2 million Floridians are without any form of health insurance coverage. The state’s stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has directly contributed to this astronomically high number of uninsured residents. Angie will work within our state to expand Medicaid in our state.

  • Advocate for Medicaid Expansion via the Affordable Care Act
  • Engage with healthcare organizations to provide wellness checks and provide services for underserved constituencies in district 14.

Fighting for Democracy

The residents of House District 14 need a champion in Tallahassee that is willing to advocate for their rights. Whether it is fighting to make sure citizen led ballot initiatives remain an accessible option for those hoping to change the state Constitution, working to expand access to the ballot box, fighting for transparency in all facets of state and local government, or holding accountable legislators that aim to strip access to direct democracy from the people of Florida.

  • Fight against systemic assault on voting rights at all levels.
  • Host quarterly town halls and conversations with representatives from other governments branches and community leaders in District 14 to grow transparency.
  • Poll district on polarizing issues that require legislative input.

Climate/Environmental Justice

Districts 14 and district’s like it all across our state are disproportionately impacted by environmental justice and climate change. In many communities unhealthy food options are more affordable than their healthy alternative. Power plants and other emissions from toxic facilities are root causes of chronic illnesses that are effects of polluted air. Our state’s climate is rapidly changing, hurricanes are more frequent and greater in strength, while temperatures achieve new same day highs and lows.

  • Allowing scientific evidence on climate change to guide policy making
  • Continue advocacy for the mitigation of contaminated land
  • Reducing food deserts in District 14 communities by bringing more nutritious food options to residents through the establishment of community and home gardens.
  • Utilize Florida Forever Funds for the purchase of land conservation