March 21, 2016 
Dear Friends,
  
The 2016 Session successfully adjourned Sine Die on Friday, March 11. We spent most of our time on the House floor debating bills and voting on their final passage, including the state budget and this year's tax cut packageThese tax cuts will benefit many Floridians,
including
 homeowners, families, veterans, students, businesses, and more.
   
Session is over but our work in the district continues. I hope to see many of you as I travel all throughout the district. Feel free to reach out with any questions, ideas or concerns.
Regards,

  
Holly Raschein
State Representative, District 120
  
 
2016 Session Update
  
If you'd like to see the Florida Keys Stewardship Act's final passage in the House, click on the link below and check out the video from The Florida Channel. The bill presentation starts at about the 4:38 mark.
     
    Florida Keys Stewardship Act
  
I am delighted to announce that the final version of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act passed the Florida Legislature with overwhelming support!
The Florida Keys Stewardship Act will give our local governments the mechanical authority they need to leverage the use of local dollars and fully partner with the state in investing in lands for critical habitat protection and property rights protection. Through the Florida Forever program, it directs $5 million a year for land acquisition over the next ten years. Furthermore, it maintains that the Legislature must take a comprehensive approach in protecting water quality and water supply in the Florida Keys, and recognizes the economic and environmental significance the Florida Keys hold to the entire State of Florida.  This fiscal year, the act invests $5 million in water quality projects, and it  will lay the groundwork for increased future funding for the Florida Keys' most significant environmental needs.
   
  State Budget and Tax Cut Package
  
Gov. Rick Scott signed the state's $82 billion budget into law late Thursday, March 17. I believe this year's budget is fiscally responsible and prioritizes funding in the best interest of all Floridians. In this budget, we continued to invest in our student's success by providing a historic level of education funding per student, exceeding the previous high in 2007-08 by over $52 per student. To help protect our precious natural resources, we included a reliable and dedicated funding source for restoring the Everglades that reaches over $203 million this year. I believe this budget also focuses on providing critical health care services to our most vulnerable citizens. In addition, we maintain $3 billion in reserves, because, in my opinion, government must responsibly plan for the future, just like Florida families must do.
Additionally, I was pleased the Legislature passed over half a billion dollars in tax cuts this Session. This year's tax cut package is aimed at helping grow Florida's economy and make our state an even more affordable place to live. I believe these tax cuts will benefit many Floridians, including homeowners, veterans, students and parents, and more. Some of the major components of the tax cut package include $428 million in property tax relief for Florida's homeowners, a three-day Back to School sales tax holiday, the elimination of sales tax on purchasing manufacturing equipment, and the elimination of sales tax on food and drink sold to fellow members at veterans organizations. I was proud to support these tax cuts because I firmly believe Floridians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money and can decide how to spend it better than the government.
 
District 120
Budget Highlights
  
Below in an abbreviated list of several organizations, projects and programs that received much needed funding in this year's budget.     
  • Monroe County Mobile Vessel Pumpout Program- $500,000
  • Laurel Wilt Disease Survey and Mitigation Program- $150,000 for the removal and destruction of infested avocado trees
  • Lower Keys Medical Center-  $2,400,005 to offset the high charity, uncompensated care, and Medicaid sponsored patients served
  • Historic Homestead Seminole Theater- $500,000 Cultural Facilities grant
  • Schooner Western Union- $500,000 Historic Preservation grant to help restore our state's flagship in Key West
  • William Weech American Legion Post 168 - Key West- $154,000 Historic Preservation grant
  • SAIL Workforce Housing Funding- $20M statewide, with priority given to projects in the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern
  • Farm Share Program- $2,234,909
  • City of Homestead Water Tower Pump Station project- $500,000
  • Long Key State Park- $1M for shoreline stabilization project
  • Bahia Honda State Park- $3.5M to restore Historic Overlook 
A great year for our district!
 

  
          Welcome to the Florida House!
House Messenger, Blake Shillinger
 
Blake is a student at Key West High School, he is full of energy and enthusiasm.  It is wonderful to see young people like Blake interested in the legislative process.       
  
  
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Contact Us
District Offices:

(305) 453-1202 phone

(305) 453-1204 fax

99198 Overseas Highway, Suite 10

Key Largo, FL 33037

 

OR

 

(305) 242-2485 phone

43 North Krome Avenue, Suite 202

Homestead, FL 33030

 

Capitol Office:

(850) 717-5120 phone

319 The Capitol

402 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Fl 32399

Our Staff

Erin Muir
Legislative Assistant

 

Kate DeLoach

District Aide

 

Jesika Davis

District Aide

SAVE THIS DATE!
    
      FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION
   
Join me as we distribute fresh nutritious food to those that need it the most.
  
         Saturday, April 16, 2016
          10:00am until 1:00pm
     Farm Share Distribution Center
           14125 SW 30th Street
           Homestead, FL 33033
  
For more information contact:
Jesika Davis (305) 242- 2485 or
Representative Holly Raschein | | holly.raschein@myfloridahouse.gov | 99198 Overseas Hwy, Suite 10
Key Largo, FL 33037