Human beings have a basic need to be engaged in some type of productive endeavor.  Whether in the factory, home, classroom, or any number of places we Floridians work and live.  This is critical to our survival – to put food on the table for our families, to pay for housing, transportation, health care, and other basic necessities.  ActivelyUS Currency employed workers are able to pay taxes and purchase goods and services that promote the growth of our local, state and national economies. Work also satisfies an innate spiritual and emotional need that cannot be met by an unemployment check or welfare line.  With this in mind, neither government nor labor unions can guarantee any individual’s job -- nor should they.  However, by encouraging a healthy, growing private sector, the government can create an environment where those who wish to work can find gainful employment.  Citizens for Florida’s Future seeks to support the public and private sectors in this endeavor.


Citizens for Florida’s Future believes the first step toward creating jobs in today’s economy is the implementation of an immediate moratorium on tax increases at the state and federal level.  Such a ban should be maintained until unemployment falls below five percent and even then, tax increases should be avoided because they are proven job killers.  In addition, any new revenue the government could capture from families to pay for its programs is better left in the pockets of taxpayers during this “great recession.”

Another important step to jump-starting our economy is targeting the “low-hanging” fruit— public policy changes that will have an immediate positive impact with relatively little effort or expense.  This includes removing the uncertainty of high cost initiatives such as cap and trade, health care reform, and card check.  Until issues such as these are resolved, business activityStocks will remain stifled.  Simultaneously, we must demand that our leaders address record deficits and debts, combined with runaway spending, both of which cast a shadow over our nation’s economic future.  For example, freezing domestic discretionary spending without raising taxes would demonstrate U.S. resolve to get our financial house in order and save taxpayers an estimated $53 billion per year.

Our nation’s job security infrastructure is based on outdated technology and ideas which fail to help people get back to work.  Innovative new programs in states such as Ohio and Georgia provide the kind of support job-seekers need to get back into the workforce.  In Ohio, recipients who are likely to exhaust benefits are required to participate in education, training, or enhanced job searches.  A Georgia program places unemployment insurance recipients in part-time jobs with Unemployment Insurance as their benefit. At the end of a six-week trial period, the employer makes a decision about whether to hire them. The initiative has resulted in quicker returns to work and less unemployment payments.  These types of creative solutions are necessary to avoid job-killing tax increases like the massive new unemployment tax increase that recently became effective in Florida, strapping businesses with an 800% increase.

There are other things we can do as well, including approving free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea, reforming tax law that encourages companies to move jobs overseas, and investing in the development and production of new sources of energy.