State of Florida Archives: on Families & Children
$1.5 million for safe houses against human trafficking
Our budget invests $1.5 million to provide safe houses for victims of human trafficking. I had the privilege of meeting Allison Good. Allison was first trafficked when she was only five years old. She continued to be a victim of trafficking into her
early 20s. Today, Allison is a warrior in the battle to end this horrific crime. Please join me in thanking Allison and all of those working to raise awareness against this evil and stop this crime from claiming even one more victim.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Florida Legislature
Mar 5, 2013
Understand the totality of the American family
If you talk to the people at the bottom of the economy, the people who are handling the bags, the people who are serving the food, you get a very different picture, because their health care costs are up dramatically. The cost to educate their children
are up. The cost of their fuel has way outstripped any wage increase they’ve had. Now, often we hear people talk about trickle-down economics, that if you have a wonderful surge in the economy that it eventually works it way down to all sectors.
But there’s another issue, too: there is a trickle-up impact when the economy begins to go sour. And if you pay attention to the people who are the single moms and the working people who barely get from paycheck to paycheck, you’d find out
months in advance that this economy was headed for a downward turn. What people need in the president, is somebody who understands the totality of the American family and not just the folks at the top.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida
Jan 24, 2008
Conservative record:I drove pornography out of Times Square
Q: [to Giuliani]: Sen. Thompson says that you’re soft on abortion, that you’re soft on gun control, & that you’ve never claimed to be a conservative. Who is more conservative: you or Fred Thompson?
GIULIANI: I can’t comment on Fred. I can tell you tha
George Will wrote that I ran the most conservative government in the US in the last 50 years. I brought down crime more than anyone in this country. I brought down taxes. I drove pornography out of Times Square. In that environment--one of the most
liberal cities in the country--I had more success than anyone ever thought I could have. So I think that was a pretty darn good conservative record. You can always find one exception or two to someone being absolutely conservative or absolutely this or
absolutely that, but I think I had a heck of a lot of conservative results.
THOMPSON: Mayor Giuliani believes in federal funding for abortion. He believes in sanctuary cities. He’s for gun control. He sides with Hillary Clinton on each of those issues.
Source: 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida
Oct 21, 2007
Parental notification for social networking website use
Protecting Florida's Children
- Limit the number of passengers who can be transported by drivers age 18 and under
- Require social networking sites to set up verification systems to require parental notification and consent for minors to use these
Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio
Nov 1, 2006
No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids
We must do our part to find families for children who need them, by finding permanent homes for the children in state care. There are more than 4,000 children in Department of Children & Families care today. In November, we launched the
No Place Like Home initiative to find Florida families who will open their hearts and homes to them.
We're actively looking for the right families, and streamlining the adoption process to remove the obstacles and frustrations that have
been part of the process for far too long. I ask you to support these new families by approving the funds required to support adoption in Florida.
We are committed to supporting Florida's families, but government will never be the full
answer to their needs. Our state is blessed with an incredibly strong network of community and faith-based partners that offer a helping hand, provide counseling, and teach skills required to build strong families and hold them together.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the Florida Legislature
Mar 2, 2004
Increase KidCare; increase developmentally disabled services
Health and human services spending has increased by a record $4 billion. For example, under our KidCare and Medicaid budget recommendations,
1.3 million children will be receiving health care coverage, up 69 percent from four years ago. The number of developmentally disabled being served has increased by 330 percent.
Source: State of the State address to 2002 Florida Legislature
Jan 22, 2002
Send message: It is the job of children to learn
Our students [should] be given the kind of message my father gave my brothers & me when we were growing up: that school was our work. We were expected to do as well as we could. We need to start with a very clear and unambiguous message-that it is
the job of children to learn. It is not only something that they should be doing for themselves, it is something they owe their families & their country. If we send that message, it will break through to families and it will break through to students.
Source: Remarks to NEA in Orlando, Florida
Jul 5, 1999
Early-warning hotlines for homicidal & suicidal students
We need more social workers & counselors who are trained to see the early warning signs in the schools. I would like to see nation-wide hotlines where students, and even teachers, can make referrals, anonymously if necessary, to try to bring attention
to those students who are on the brink of homicidal or suicidal activity. And we have to do everything possible to keep guns out of the hands of children. There are too many guns & too many children have access to those guns-we have to prevent that.
Source: Remarks to NEA in Orlando, Florida
Jul 5, 1999
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