Economy and Jobs

Too many Floridians are forced to rely on working two and three jobs just to make ends meet. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck without ever achieving financial security. Too many feel that the opportunity to get ahead is no longer available to them. Too many self-serving politicians have allowed the big corporations and special interests to rig the system.

Andrew has proposed the “Fair Share for Florida’s Future” Plan to finally make real investments in our working families.

By adjusting our state corporate tax level to a modest 7.75%, which still allows corporations in Florida a massive tax cut and keeps our rate more than 1% lower than California, we will be able to recoup at least $1 billion back from the richest corporations and put it where we need it most — investing in our future.

My plan calls for rebuilding our public schools, paying teachers a minimum starting salary of $50,000, investing in early childhood education programs, and investing in SHOP 2.0 and vocational training to help get workers the training they need for higher paying jobs.

Creating an economy that works for all Floridians, instead of just those at the top, should be an imperative. Florida has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the country with the top 1% receiving over 30 times more than the bottom 99%. This inequality hurts our economic growth and stifles opportunities for Floridians to join the middle class and achieve the American Dream. Nearly half of Florida households struggle to make ends meet.

Under Andrew’s leadership, President Obama designated Tallahassee a TechHire city — at the time, one of 50 in the country and one of only two in the state of Florida — for being a leader in training workers to have advanced technical skills. In Tallahassee, Andrew developed a summer jobs program for hundreds of young people. He also led Tallahassee to become one of the only cities in Florida to eliminate their local business tax, saving over $2 million for businesses every year, and inserted over $5 million back into local businesses through a utility rebate program.

Andrew took the lead on preparing for the future economy by welcoming innovative technology. He crafted policy templates for ridesharing and homesharing that are mirrored around Florida.

As Governor, he would lead to harness our natural assets, rebuild our roads and bridges, and open training opportunities for anyone who wants to learn a skill to earn a good-paying job. Andrew believes that the Sunshine State should become the Solar Capital of the country, putting Floridians to work in jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas.

A Gillum administration will also push for a plan for Florida’s economic future that doesn’t rely on tourism alone, but maximizes all the assets of our state, including our best asset – our people – to build Florida’s future economy.