Astagnant economy means the Legislature will convene in 2011 under even more budgetary constraints than this year. Veteran lawmakers predict a mean season in Tallahassee next March when it comes to cutting up the shriveling pot of state revenue.
Lawmakers will also be dealing with a new governor, either Republican Rick Scott, who knows little about state government, or Democrat Alex Sink, who "gets'' Tallahassee after a stint as state CFO but whose agenda may differ sharply with a Republican-led Legislature.
State lawmakers, alas, are often little known by their constituents -- unfortunate, because they make crucial decisions about funding public schools, how much money the courts receive and even whether oil drilling can be allowed in state waters. We begin our recommendations for the state House today.
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Evan Jenne, first elected in 2006, is considered an up and comer by fellow House Democrats. He is opposed by Edward J. Bender, who has no party affiliation.
Mr. Jenne votes the party line, but he tilts at windmills, too. This year he filed the House resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a reminder that women still don't enjoy equal protection in the U.S. Constitution.
District 100 covers a slice of the beach in Dania Beach then wedges west in South Central Broward. It's a working class district hit hard by the Big Recession. Mr. Jenne, 32, fought the raid on the transportation trust fund and other measures that would take away jobs. He has earned a third term.
For Florida House, District 100, The Miami Herald recommends EVAN JENNE.