FDP chair Allison Tant offers parting shot for 2014 session

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As a parting shot for the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Democratic Party released a new video of FDP Chair Allison Tant blasting the accomplishments — or lack thereof — of the GOP in Tallahassee.

Tant says the Republican-led legislature “left all kinds of unfinished business” at the Capitol, doing “little to nothing” for working Florida families.

She began the two-and-a-half minute  video by denouncing another year of inaction on expanding Medicaid by accepting more than $50 billion from the federal government so more Floridians would receive health coverage.

Medicaid expansion is not for those who are on government assistance, Tant says, but for “families that are working every single day, who work very hard not to qualify for public assistance.”

Tant says she “cannot believe” the legislature failed to move forward on the issue of equal pay for women.

“The fact that my daughter, who’s 11 years old, is going to grow up and go to work in a workforce where she is not going to be deemed as valuable as her brothers is beyond my comprehension and she should be compensated the same amount for her work as her brothers,” she says.

She also criticizes the legislature for not addressing the minimum wage and being too easily distracted on the mission to prevent child deaths.

“There’s a tone deafness, there is a disdainfulness,” Tant concludes. “It’s almost as if the Floridians who I see everyday are invisible to the Republican Legislature.

“The unfinished business – they accomplished far too much on the unfinished side and too little on the finished side.”


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