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Fighting for You, Fighting for Pasco, Fighting for Florida

 LIST OF ISSUES

EDUCATION

After years of budget cuts to public education, Florida has fallen to 29th in education in the nation.  Pasco County is ranked lower than the surrounding counties.  We've had a lot of population growth in Pasco and it's nowhere near done yet.  With rapid population growth and decreasing funds, we simply aren't educating our children as well as they deserve. We simply don't have the funds to be able to handle COVID19 in our schools in a safe manner. 

With thousands of new homes being built and approved recently in Pasco, there will be a large influx of school aged children.  The public school system has not kept up with demand.  Schools are overcrowded and stressed beyond their limits.  We can't expect optimal education in sub-par conditions.

Our teachers are doing the absolute best they can with what they have been given and are doing an exceptional job despite being woefully underpaid and lacking in classroom resources.  Veteran teachers and new teachers alike deserve proper pay for the large task of shaping our future generations.  They need more help in the classroom.

ECONOMY

 

COVID19 has wreaked havoc on our economy and highlighted flaws in our unemployment system. Our legislators have failed to even return to session to address the issues in the system that they now admit was designed to fail. As they demand Floridians get back to work at jobs that no longer exist or are unsafe to return to, they fail to bother to do their job. 

As large businesses get tax credits and benefits from the state and county left and right, small businesses are left to fend for themselves and particularly right now, are having to close. We need to focus more on providing grants for the "mom and pop" stores that put money into the hands of locals and create better economic opportunites for locals. 

If we create a locality that is strong in education, has ease of access, and provides opportunities for all, we will attract businesses that will provide for higher incomes for Pasco residents.

EQUALITY

I will fight to ensure that every Floridian is granted the same opportunities.  We need to eliminate the gender pay gap along with the racial pay gap.  We need to fight against racial inequalities in the criminal justice system.  I will make sure that justice is truly blind.

The Black Lives Matter protests highlight that we are failing a large portion of our citizens. It's not about abolishing the police. It's about making sure those suffering from mental illness or other mental breaks receive attention from social workers instead of police that simply aren't trained to handle the situation. It's about allowing the police to do the job they were trained to do and not asking them to do jobs that should be the responsibilities of others. It's about making sure that everyone feels safe and protected by the police.

There are currently no protections for the LGBTQ community in Florida.  I will fight to make it a protected class in Florida.  I will fight any legislation that attempts to limit the the rights of the LGBTQ community whether it be in the form of housing discrimination, adoption discrimination, or transgender bathroom discrimination.  The LGBTQ community shouldn't have to consider themselves part of a different community.  They are Floridians and as such they will be guaranteed all the same rights as every other Floridians. 

You can donate online or mail checks to:

Tammy Garcia

PO Box 260816

Tampa, FL 33685

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Paid by Tammy Garcia, Democrat, for FL House 37

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