Jeb Bush on Principles & Values
Priorities: public education & public safety
As governor, I would work to restore public education and public safety as the two most important priorities of state government. Our education plan would fully fund education, create financial incentives for all public schools that show improvement,
improve accountability through higher standards and strengthen school safety. On the crime front, we have a comprehensive strategy for reducing the prevalence of drugs in Florida and would implement strict mandatory sentences for criminals who use guns.
Source: Vote-smart 1998 Florida NPAT
Jul 2, 1998
Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development.
is a member of the National Governors Association:
The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington's most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and be
governors by providing a bipartisan forum to help shape and implement national policy and to solve state problems.
Fortune Magazine recently named NGA as one of Washington's most powerful lobbying organizations due, in large part, to NGA's abil
Source: National Governors Association web site www.NGA.org 01-NGA0 on Jan 1, 2001
Member of Republican Governors Association.
is a member of the Republican Governors Association:
Founded in 1963, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is the official public policy and political organization of the Republican governors and governors-elect of the United States of America
RGA Mission StatementThe RGA also will work closely with local officials, including state legislators, mayors, county executives and other
municipal and county leaders to assist in a free exchange of ideas. As it looks ahead, the RGA is preparing for the 2001- 2002 election cycle in which 38 gubernatorial seats, with 25 seats currently held by Republicans, will be at stake. The cycle begins this year with two highly competitive races, in New Jersey and Virginia. For this and the 36 races in 2002, the RGA will create strong recruiting and fundraising programs to provide maximum political assistance to all Republican candidates.
- To assist in the solution of significant national public policy problems.
- To enable the Republican governors to take their proper position in expressing the philosophy of the Republican Party within the national party framework.
- To assist in the election of Republican gubernatorial candidates and the reelection of incumbent governors.
- To provide a mechanism to facilitate communications and cooperation among its members; with local, state and national Party organizations; with Republicans in the US Congress; and with Republicans in the Executive branch of government during a Republican administration.
The RGA will enhance the visibility of the Association as a unified policy-making and political force with the national media, business community and government through a coordinated communications strategy. By building more awareness of the policies of the Republican governors, the political and policy objectives of the Association as a whole can be achieved. Currently, there are 29 Republican governors representing roughly 60 percent of the American people.
Source: Republican Governors Association website, rga.policy.net 01-RGA1 on Aug 15, 2001
Member of Southern Governors' Association.
is a member of the Southern Governors' Association:
The Southern Governorsí Association first met in 1934 to discuss the repeal of discriminatory rates for transporting goods by rail, [and since then SGA] has represented the common interests of southern statesí chief executives and provided a vehicle for promoting them. The ongoing mission of SGA is to support the work of the governors by providing a bipartisan, regional forum to help shape and implement national policy and to solve state and regional problems.
Source: SGA website, www.SouthernGovernors.org 01-SGA1 on Sep 9, 2001
- Identify Vital Issue Interests of Southern States. Through SGA, governors identify federal issues of regional concern. SGA then closely follows these issues, analyzes their regional impact and communicates information back to the governorsí offices through reports and meetings. On select federal issues, governors and their staffs formulate regional policy and make recommendations.
- Advocate Regional Interests in Washington. Through SGA, governors advance their mutual interests
in Washington and speak with a unified voice on issues important to the region. Through resolutions, joint letters, Congressional testimony, meetings, and other vehicles, SGA communicates the regionís concerns to Congress, the Administration and federal agencies.
- Enhance Regional Cooperation. SGA serves as a forum to expedite cooperation among the southern states in solving regional problems. State initiatives reduce dependence on the federal government, maximize state resources, benefit the individual states, enhance interstate relations and place the South in the forefront of regional cooperation and innovation.
- Promote Innovative Southern Programs and Practices. SGA provides comparative policy information to its members on pressing issues. Through report and other mechanisms, SGA facilitates the exchange of information on individual state responses to pressing regional concerns or federal government actions.