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PLATFORM

LIST OF ISSUES
Section I: WE SEEK A FAIR, HONEST, AND OPEN GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL

FLORIDA

  1. We support full voting rights for all citizens who meet age and residency requirements, including, but not limited to, expanding voting hours and local laws that create less waiting at the polls.

  2. We support enforcement of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to protect the voting rights of racial minorities.

  3. We support enforcement of Florida’s Sunshine Law with minimal exemptions.

  4. We oppose gerrymandering at every level of government.

  5. We support the creation of an independent, non-partisan commission to create fairly-drawn electoral districts.

  6. We oppose term limits and support the repeal of any existing legislation creating term limits.

  7. We support automatic civil rights restoration when felons complete their sentences, except the right to gun ownership in the case of violent offenders.

  8. Except in matters of public safety, we support non-discrimination policies in employment, education and housing for felons who have completed their sentences.

NATIONAL

  1. We support strong campaign finance reform, including public financing of elections.

  2. We support any measure which nullifies the effect of the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United and any other rulings which have the effect of defining money as speech and corporations as persons.

  3. We oppose the revolving door between the public and business arenas.

  4. We support any measure which prohibits, for at least ten (10) years, former elected officials from lobbying the body where they served.

  5. We support additional regulations and/or legislation to limit or prohibit the appointment of any official to an agency regulating an industry in which the appointee has held a significant financial interest.

  6. We support reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine and the Equal Time Rule.

  7. We support campaign reform which provides clear rules, regulations, and substantial penalties to prevent misrepresentation and outright falsehoods in campaign ads and materials.

Section II: WE SEEK TO MAINTAIN A STRONG ECONOMY

FLORIDA & NATIONAL

  1. We support a progressive state and federal tax code to more equitably distribute the tax burden.

  2. We support budgets that are balanced fairly and equitably, that do not place the burden of tax responsibility on the middle class, and that reward hard work.

  3. We support regulations to encourage “in-​sourcing” jobs, particularly in manufacturing, in order to promote a robust economy built on fair, living wages and products made in the USA.

  4. We support transparency and full debate on all trade agreements.

  5. We oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

  6. We support eliminating tax code loopholes that permit corporations to create offshore tax havens with the intent to avoid their tax obligations.

  7. We support ending “corporate welfare,” the government subsidies received by big businesses.

  8. We support creating major infrastructure programs to repair and replace our nation’s bridges, dams and roadways.

  9. We support the creation of cooperative worker- and community-owned businesses to

Section III: WE SEEK TO PROVIDE A QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN, AS GUARANTEED BY OUR STATE CONSTITUTION

FLORIDA 

  1. We support increased per pupil spending and equitable school funding across districts.

  2. We oppose state efforts that undermine the federal protection of students with disabilities, a.k.a. Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

  3. We support the enforcement of the class size amendment.

  4. We support a rich, comprehensive and age-appropriate public school curriculum, which includes, e.g., physical education, art, music, and recess.

  5. We support a teacher’s right to due process (tenure).

  6. We support the elimination of the Value Added Model (VAM) that ties teacher pay to student assessments.

  7. We support aggressively guarding the privacy of students and families; we oppose the tracking of student information by third parties.

  8. We oppose vouchers and the diversion of tax dollars to unaccountable charter and private schools.

  9. We support ending zero-tolerance policies that feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

  10. We support literacy programs.

NATIONAL

  1. We oppose test-based accountability and Race to the Top.

  2. We oppose high-stakes standardized testing.

  3. We support fully funding programs for students with disabilities (ESE).

  4. We support access to developmentally-appropriate pre-kindergarten (Universal Pre-K).

  5. We support providing resources and fair funding for schools in impoverished areas.

  6. We support policies which act to reduce the high cost of tuition and interest payments of student loan debt.

  7. We support President Obama’s initiative for free two (2)-year post-high school education and support the addition of technical/vocational training into the initiative. We further support rolling a cost of living stipend and all fees into the tuition calculation, thereby making the initiative truly free for its participants.

  8. We support developing public service programs for young adults to give back to society, within their chosen field, either during or once they have completed their course of study.

We must adhere to the fundamental principles of a fair, honest, and open government, broader rights and better wages, a strong American economy, a quality public education, justice and equality for all, health care and retirement security, clean and safe environment, and a peaceful and secure world.

Credit: Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida