RPOF Newsletter – From the desk of Joe Gruters

Chairman’s Message

Biden again fleeces Floridians in favor of blue states

The Biden administration announced Florida would get significantly less money than other states for bridge repairs!

Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted this week how Florida is receiving less than $245 million for bridge repairs out of the almost $27 billion for bridges nationally through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The formula used to calculate the amount given to states penalizes Florida for doing its job and successfully maintaining the infrastructure that Floridians require to live and work every day. But even then, Florida’s small amount still does not add up.

“The Biden Administration continues to punish states that are succeeding,” Governor DeSantis said. “Despite obstacles created by the Biden Administration, the State of Florida continues to thrive and foster an environment that draws new residents and tourists every single day. By doing so, Florida has continued to grow, and our infrastructure must be able to keep up the pace. The Biden Administration though is short-changing Florida yet again.”

The federal government claims the funding is based on the number of bridges in disrepair. But states with a similar or fewer number of bridges in disrepair are frequently receiving more than twice as much funding as Florida. Florida has more than 12,500 bridges statewide, and the Bridge Formula Program has identified 408 bridges that are in poor condition and provided $245 million for those.

Under the same formula, Washington State has 416 bridges identified as in poor condition, similar to Florida’s 408, but Washington State is set to receive $605.1 million from the federal government. Connecticut has 248 bridges identified as in poor condition and is set to receive $561.4 million in funding, over twice as much as Florida is receiving with 160 fewer bridges to repair. Biden’s home state of Delaware will receive $225 million, just $20 million less than Florida, but has only 19 bridges to repair according to the formula.

This is just another attempt to harm Floridians because our leaders have rightly criticized the Biden Administration’s reckless policies, and Florida stands out as a leader in job creation and economic growth while the nation, as a whole, suffers under Democrat mismanagement.

Americans see it all. Destructive Democrat policies have created a wave of new Florida arrivals. Between July 2020 and July 2021, Florida added 220,890 new residents from other states, the largest net gain in the country. People are fleeing other states for the free and growing state of Florida, and all of them will need access to quality infrastructure that was not available in the states they left.


$20 million to Panama City to fully restore water systems

Speaking of infrastructure, Governor DeSantis has announced more than $20 million has been awarded to Panama City to make repairs and replace 2.4 miles of water lines, 2.4 miles of stormwater lines and 3 miles of sewer lines that were damaged by Hurricane Michael. These improvements will fully restore water quality, functioning stormwater drainage and dependable sewer for the area.

“Since the beginning of my administration, we have remained committed to helping Northwest Florida recover from Hurricane Michael, and today I am proud to award another $20 million to help Panama City’s recovery,” Governor DeSantis said. “This project will make a real difference by restoring water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure in the city.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/01/13/governor-ron-desantis-awards-more-than-20-million-to-repair-water-sewer-and-stormwater-infrastructure-damaged-by-hurricane-michael-in-panama-city/


New substance abuse prevention curriculum for schools

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of a free substance abuse prevention curriculum for Florida schools. The School Assemblies Toolkit, part of Florida’s “The Facts. Your Future” campaign, directly engages youth in Florida to improve their understanding of the destructive effects of drug abuse and helps teens to reach their full potential.

“With the heartbreaking overdose death statistics, we’re witnessing across the country, and as a mom of three, I want Florida’s youth to know they have the power to resist and overcome drug use and abuse,” said First Lady DeSantis. “Our ‘The Facts. Your Future’ initiative is reinventing the way substance abuse prevention is taught in our schools.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/01/14/first-lady-casey-desantis-announces-free-substance-abuse-curriculum-for-schools-through-floridas-the-facts-your-future-campaign/


Defense spending in Florida has nearly $100 billion impact

Governor DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida’s military and defense industry supported more than 860,000 jobs in 2020 and Florida experienced a 12 percent increase in direct defense spending from $44 billion in 2018 to $49.3 billion in 2020.

According to the recently published 2022 Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis by the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), defense spending in 2020 generated more than $96.6 billion in value-added economic impacts, or 8.5 percent of the entire Florida economy.

“My administration has worked hard to make Florida the most military friendly state in the country,” Governor DeSantis said. “Creating a military friendly environment has not only benefited veterans and current military personnel, but also our economy by creating civilian opportunities in a thriving defense industry.”

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2022/01/19/governor-desantis-announces-floridas-military-and-defense-industry-supports-more-than-860000-jobs/

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Gov. Nuñez on Fox News: Hispanics ‘flocking’ to Republican Party for freedom, opportunities

During an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend, Lt. Gov. Nuñez slammed President Biden’s disastrous policies that are leading more Hispanics to join the Republican Party, according to recent polls.

“When you look at these numbers, it should not be a shock to anyone. We have seen the disastrous policies across the board from Biden since he took office. You have seen that Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party,” Lt. Gov. Nuñez said.

“We are the party that will provide them freedom, that will provide them opportunities for their families. And when you see children that are being indoctrinated in the schools and that Biden and his cronies are calling their parents domestic terrorists, those are things that really have an impact on the voters. And that’s why I strongly believe that the midterm election and beyond is going to be an incredible turn of events for the president and for the party.”

Read and watch more: https://www.foxnews.com/media/fl-lt-gov-nunez-hispanics-flocking-to-republican-party-for-freedom-opportunities

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Rubio smacks down Chuck Schumer on filibuster

Senator Marco Rubio smacked down Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the Megyn Kelly Show for playing to his New York base over the filibuster in hopes of not being primaried by someone like AOC.

“I think a lot of Democrats, particularly Chuck Schumer in a state like New York, see that over the last few years you’ve had longtime incumbents taken out by people from the far left, and they’re concerned about it,” Senator Rubio said. ”Maybe he thinks he’s still going to win but doesn’t want to go through that process.”

Rubio told Kelly that Schumer is looking only at his own political fortunes and not what is good for the country or even considering the constituents that other senators must answer to at election time.

Read more: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/rubio-schumer-politics-senate/2022/01/14/id/1052528/

Watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTn0oXGrmS4


Another Historic Win For The Florida GOP

This week, the Florida GOP notched another historic win by doubling the number of newly active registered voters in one month.

According to the latest Florida Department of State, Division of Elections data, Florida Republicans have an advantage of 45,153 active registered voters who are showing their preference for conservative Republican principles. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis and state and local leaders, Florida will remain a free and open state and continue to attract Republicans.

The total number of current, active registered voters is:

REP: 5,122,213

DEM: 5,077,060

NMP: 4,081,300















REMEMBER: @FloridaGOP and retweet and share. The Republican message must be spread around the state, and you are integral to making that happen.




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