When he weakened environmental protections by dismantling the Department of Community Affairs, decimating growth management laws, firing long-time environmental advocates and starving the water management districts, it was not the right thing to do.
When he tried to turn our pristine parks into golf courses and privatized campgrounds, causing thousands of park users and volunteers to revolt, it was not the right thing to do.
When he continues to collect huge amounts of campaign cash from the very same people who are lobbying issues before him during the legislative session, it is not the right thing to do.
Really, governor? If you want to own the phrase, you have to walk the walk.
• Veto the “parent trigger” bill if the Legislature passes it by ignoring the collective voices of the very parents they claim to want to empower.
• Veto the entire budget if the Legislature doesn’t follow your top priority of $2,500 across-the-board pay raises for our underappreciated teachers.
• Veto the line item spending of member projects, earmarks and turkeys that are not a state priority and return those millions of dollars to the general fund.
• Veto any election-reform bill that does not undo all the damage done in the 2011 election-reform bill and tell the Legislature to try again to ensure that the voices of all Florida voters are heard.
• Veto the ethics and campaign reform bills if they do not represent meaningful reform and don’t include grand jury recommendations and instead are just a sham that weakens the status quo.
• Don’t allow this legislative session to end without addressing Medicaid expansion to serve the 1.1 million Floridians in need.
Paula Dockery was term-limited as a Republican state senator from Lakeland after 16 years in the Florida Legislature.