2021 Legislative Priorities

AFFORDABLE / WORKFORCE HOUSING

  • Utilize all Sadowski funds for FL’s SHIP (State Housing Initiative Partnership) and SAIL (State Apartment Incentive Program) programs to address housing
  • Support Legislation that would ban the sweep of the Sadowski Housing Trust Funds

 EDUCATION

    Higher Education

  • Palm Beach State College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Support the Florida College System Program (FCS) Fund Request
  • Support restored funding to Florida Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) program

     Pre-K-12

  •  Support an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students
  • Support increased funding for VPK programs & legislation to bolster VPK teacher accreditation
  • Fund Previous and New Unfunded Mandates – Adequately fund mandates passed — especially last year’s Mental Health and School Safety initiatives.
  • Support an increase in dollars for school safety & mental health services

  HEALTHCARE

  • Oppose any further cuts to the Medicaid Reimbursement rates
  • Oppose the creation & expansion of ‘Recovery Care Centers’
  • Oppose the expansion of ‘Advanced Birthing Centers’ & related services

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Support full funding for Visit Florida & Enterprise Florida
  • Support increased funding of Florida Job Growth Grant Fund
  • Support PBC Glades Regional Master Plan
    • Connectivity, Mobility, & Transportation projects: Belle Glade, Pahokee & South Bay

 ENVIRONMENT/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRANSPORTATION

  • Support Water Sustainability & Infrastructure projects for Palm Beach County Loxahatchee River Preserve Initiative, Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative
  • Support $50 million recurring for Beach & Inlet Management through DEP’s Beach Nourishment Grant Program
  • Support policy & budgetary action to deal with increasing red tide & blue-green algae issues, particularly prevention & treatment
  • Support the Legislature and Federal government’s efforts to expedite the completion of repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike so storage can be increased
  • Support policy & budgetary actions to protect our water supply from pollutants such as septic tanks, storm water runoff, and other contaminants
  • Support increased funding for Everglades Restoration

FINANCE & TAX

  • Support Purpose Built Communities Network Funding
  • Funds would be allocated to FL Housing Finance Corporation to develop applications for SAIL financing for new construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing units by a Purpose Built Communities Network Member