The Melo Minute – Representative Lauren Melo

The Melo Minute –

June 4th, 2021 – Melo on the Move

In and Around the Town 

Americans for Prosperity (6/1)

This event was hosted by AFP President Tim Phillips and discussed the question “Can the Federal Government Spend the USA into Prosperity?” This inquiry points to the different economic philosophies of the Democrat party and the Republican party — it makes for riveting conversations.

Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce (6/1)

This was a post-legislative luncheon, hosted at Crowne Plaza at the Bell Tower Shops, where myself and many other elected officials discussed this year’s legislative session.

It was great to see all of our friends: Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, Representative Spencer Roach, Representative Mike Giallombardo, and Representative Bob Rommel!

Visiting Yo Gusto (6/3)

Yo Gusto is a terrific Florida company that produces its dairy products in Clewiston. Yo Gusto was kind enough to provide my fellow House Members with some of their delicious drinkable yogurts as District 80’s Session gift. I had a great time visiting them this week and I am thankful for their hospitality. Be sure to grab some of their products and give them a try!

Where I’m Heading Next!

Next Tuesday (6/8) at 12PM I will be going to the LaBelle Rotary Club to give a legislative update.

Education Information

· The recently passed 2021-2022 Florida budget allocated $22.8 billion for K-12 education in our state. The budget expands school choice options, raises teachers minimum base salaries, and expands mental health services in our schools.

· The breakdown: $24.7B in overall commitment, $12.9B for the Florida Education Finance Program for K-12, $550M to increase teachers minimum base salary and salary increases for veteran teachers, $216M in disaster relief, $120M in mental health programs, and much more.

The Foundation for Florida’s Future recently sent out a report card grading me on my work to improve education last Session. Proud to report to you all that I’m an A+ student this year! My team and I worked hard by putting forward legislation that benefits our students. HB 1505 & HB 1507 – Workforce Bills, and HB 1279 – Florida Talent Development Council (PTech), all work to provide our kids with best opportunity to excel. I’m excited to shoot for another A+ next year!

What We’re Reading

Gov. DeSantis Approves National Guard Expansion in New Budget

Jason Delgado

The Song of the Week!

If you have a suggestion for the next Song of the Week, let us know!
This week’s song is Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” everything’s getting better than before as more and more Floridians are being vaccinated and participating in the economy. With at least 62% of Collier County’s population and 40% of Hendry County’s population being fully vaccinated (source) — and the local economy bouncing back so well — we surely are looking forward to a brighter tomorrow!

Fun fact: The hit “Rumours” album was almost called “Yesterday’s Gone” after the line used in “Don’t Stop.”

You Go, Yo Gusto!

Thank you to the founder and CEO of Yo Gusto, Gustavo Perez, for the amazing tour of your facilities. I’m looking forward to seeing this Florida based business continue to thrive in the best climate for business in the union!

Be sure to follow my social media to keep up to date on what I’m up to!


I have a great team here in HD80. We are always ready to help out!

If you have a question you would like for my team and I to address within The Melo Minute feel free to send an email to:

Representative Lauren Melo
Florida House District 80

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