Job’s & The Economy
With over 20 years working in his family’s building supply company, Jeff understands the challenges facing Tampa Bay businesses. He’s worked hard to cut taxes and get government out of the way, and it’s paid off. Since 2010, Florida’s economy has created over 700,000 jobs and experienced the nation’s 2nd largest drop in unemployment.
Taxes & Spending
Jeff believes that just like us, government must live within its means. He’s voted to cut spending by over $6 Billion to balance Florida’s budget every year, and voted to cut taxes by over $500 Million, putting that money right back into the pockets of hardworking Floridians. He recently helped to pass the Supermajority Tax Vote bill, which makes it harder for legislators to raise taxes for Floridians. A responsible and well-managed government can provide residents the services they deserve without bankrupting our state.
Jeff understands that education is not one size fits all, and believes in an education system that empowers parents with choice and involvement in their child’s education. Jeff has kept Florida’s students of the cutting edge, successfully sponsoring legislation setting standards for classroom technology and expanding options for online classes. This past session, he sponsored a bill that would grant public high schools the ability to teach computer coding as a foreign language.
As Vice Chairman of the Ethics and Elections Committee, Jeff has made sure that elected officials are accountable to us, not special interests. He voted for historic ethics reforms that ended the so-called “revolving door” by strengthening laws prohibiting former legislators from becoming lobbyists, and giving the Commission on Ethics more authority to crack down on those who run afoul of our ethics laws.
Serving Those That Serve Us
As a combat Veteran, Jeff knows that we must provide our military personnel with every opportunity both during and after their service. Jeff co-sponsored the Florida G.I. Bill, offering Veterans in-state college tuition and hiring preferences. He is currently sponsoring legislation allowing active and retired military ID cards to be used as proof of identification to obtain a driver’s license.
In the past few years, Jeff has stepped up as the leader of Florida’s Flood Insurance Reform movement. When the Federal government’s failure to act on Flood Insurance created a crisis for homeowners, Jeff sponsored legislation creating a private, Florida-based marketplace that offered lower rates. This year Jeff is sponsoring legislation that provides homeowners more coverage options in the state’s emerging private flood insurance market, like lowering premiums by covering only the value of a home’s mortgage rather than its full replacement cost.
Jeff is modernizing Florida’s transportation infrastructure through innovative technology. Jeff sponsored the bill bringing Google’s life-saving autonomous vehicle technology to Florida and allowing Floridians to carry digital driver’s licenses. In addition to this, he has sponsored multiple bills promoting electric-powered vehicles. He has led the effort to allow ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft that create jobs and increase efficiency. Jeff has fought for the repeal of red light cameras, which have not improved safety but served as a back-door tax increase on Florida drivers.
Technology & Innovation
Jeff has been a leader in bringing Florida into the 21st century with creative solutions that utilize cutting edge technology. Jeff sponsored legislation bringing Google’s life-saving autonomous vehicle technology to Florida, where it is now being tested. Jeff successfully sponsored bills that expanded students’ access to online classes and set standards for classroom technology, ensuring that Florida’s students remain ahead of the curve.
Jeff defended our Liberty while serving in Iraq and is protecting those same rights in the Legislature. Jeff is a lifetime member of the NRA. Jeff supports efforts to increase funding for school safety and to provide law enforcement with the tools they need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
The Federal government has failed us too many times for Florida to depend on it to uphold its promises. Jeff opposes plans to expand Medicaid that will leave Florida taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars.
Jeff believes that immigration reform begins with securing the border and enforcing our laws. He opposes plans such as amnesty for illegal immigrants that reward those that break our laws and punish those that have come to our country legally.
Serving as the Chairman of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Jeff has emerged as the clear leader of criminal justice reform in the Sunshine State. Acknowledging that many of Florida’s criminal laws were outdated and antiquated, he has sponsored dozens of bills that promote accountability, transparency, and efficiency of state judiciary processes, law enforcement, and prisons and jails, while protecting the rights of the individual. Most recently, he has fought for an Open Date platform to connect all municipalities throughout the state and increase safety and justice.
As technology plays a larger role in our lives, Jeff has championed personal privacy and keeping government in check. Jeff has led the effort to repeal red light cameras, and co-sponsored legislation prohibiting law enforcement from using drones to gather information on Floridians. Jeff has sponsored bills protecting cell phones and other electronic devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Home, from search and seizure without a warrant, an issue that was recently supported by the Supreme Court.
Protecting Florida's Environment
Florida’s environment is its most precious resource. Protecting our springs, beaches, and the Everglades is critically important to our quality of life, tourism, and our economy. Jeff has been leading the effort to grow solar power in Florida and is making our state a leader in clean energy generation. Jeff has supported bills to curtail harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, protect our coral reefs, and ban oil drilling in state waters. He has filed legislation that would allow the government to purchase and restore flood-prone buildings to green space and to improve wastewater systems operated by local governments.