Florida Watch Action, Progress Florida recognize 18 Florida lawmakers as champions of the middle class

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Progressive political groups in Florida have awarded 18 lawmakers for their 100 percent voting records on “issues impacting Florida’s Middle Class” — a list comprised exclusively of Democrats who voted consistent with progressive agendas on policies toward “protecting jobs, expanding health care access, ethics reform and more.”

Florida Watch Action, Progress Florida and America Votes rated lawmakers on whether they supported health care expansion (HB 7169), opposed the school “parent trigger” bill (HB 867), opposed efforts to reform pensions (HB 7011), supported ethics reform (SB 2), opposed the House foreclosure bill (HB 87), and opposed to local control over worker benefits (HB 655). 

“These eighteen lawmakers deserve Floridians’ thanks for their unwavering support and leadership on the issues that matter most to middle class families,” said Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo. “Despite stacked odds, these legislators never once yielded to Gov. Rick Scott and his legislative allies’ corporate campaign cash driven agenda.”

Lawmakers who voted accordingly were named “Champions of Florida’s Middle Class” and include Senators Jeff Clemens and Arthenia Joyner; and Representatives Lori Berman, Randolph Bracy, Karen Castor Dentel, Mia Jones, Dave Kerner, Kionne McGhee, Mark Pafford, Sharon Pritchett, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Hazelle Rogers, Joe Saunders, Elaine Schwartz, Irv Slosberg, Cynthia Stafford, Perry Thurston, and Clovis Watson.

“At a time when middle class families are trying to make ends meet because Florida has the wrong leadership with the wrong priorities, it’s important that lawmakers fighting the good fight are recognized,” said America Votes Florida State Director Josh Geise.

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