On Day 1, Charlie will sign an Executive Order defending the right to access a safe abortion as guaranteed by the Florida Constitution and the United States Constitution.
The Florida Constitution enshrines a right to privacy, stating that “every natural person has the right to be left alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life.” With the Supreme Court’s radical decision to take away the right to privacy that tens of millions of Americans have had for the last 50 years, Charlie Crist will go on offense and take executive action to safeguard the protections of Roe v. Wade. As governor, Charlie will fight for Floridians rights to make decisions about their own bodies.
As governor, Charlie will:
-Veto any anti-choice legislation passed by the legislature -Prohibit state agencies from infringing on Roe v. Wade or Florida’s constitutional Privacy Clause. -Take any locality in Florida that infringes on Roe v. Wade to court. -Make Florida a safe harbor for doctors, patients, and those who provide abortion assistance while ensuring no cooperation with federal agencies or other states seeking to punish their residents for receiving abortion care in Florida. -Protect abortion care for those who get their health insurance under Medicaid.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Republican colleagues in Tallahassee care more about their political futures than our democracy and your right to vote. There is no other explanation for their constant voter suppression efforts.
If Charlie Crist is elected as Florida’s next governor, here are five steps he would immediately take to make it easier to vote:
-He would reverse the DeSantis limits on mail ballots, which are opposed by the local supervisors of elections. If the Legislature refused to act, he would declare a state of emergency before the next general election and make the changes himself. The Republican attack on our democracy is an emergency. -He wants Florida to join about 20 other states and automatically register to vote anyone who seeks a driver’s license or conducts business with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If the Legislature refused to act, the governor and Cabinet could require the department to do it. -He would push the Legislature to move the Florida primary from August to the spring, when more voters are here and turnout would be higher. -He would make Election Day a state holiday so every voter has a better opportunity to cast their ballots — particularly wage earners for whom taking time off to vote on a Tuesday takes money straight from their pockets. -He would make it easier for the governor and Cabinet to restore felons rights — just as he did before. He also would demand that lawmakers allow felons who have completed their sentences to register to vote as Amendment 4 intended while continuing to pay their fines, court fees and restitution.
Clean water is essential for the health of every Floridian – and for the health of our precious environment. But it’s also essential for a healthy economy. We’ve seen the economic and environmental devastation when our elected leaders look the other way and let special interests pollute our water. And then Floridians pay the price. With Red Tide once again hitting the state’s Gulf Coast and with Blue-Green Algae choking Lake
Okeechobee and threatening coastal communities, our economy, our jobs, and our way of life are at stake. The Crist administration will make it a top priority to ensure our water is clean for all Floridians.
REDUCE THE RUN-OFF -Pollutants from farms and ranches such as fertilizers, manure and pesticides harm drinking water, kill fish and trigger algae blooms. -The Crist administration will strengthen regulations regarding run-off from agricultural lands. -The Crist administration will strengthen “best management practices’’ for agricultural lands to reduce runoff and water use. -As governor, Crist will oppose state preemption over local control of environmental issues and the retail sale of fertilizer. -As governor, Crist will push for incentives for homeowners to create Florida- friendly landscaping that uses less water and requires less fertilizer and herbicide, which feed algae blooms and kill our seagrasses.
IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM TASK FORCE -Red Tide causes $20 million in tourism-related losses each year in Florida. -Now Red Tide is wreaking havoc again. The city of St. Petersburg – Crist’s hometown – picked up 9 tons of dead fish in 24 hours. -Red Tide also forces us to stop the harvesting of oysters, clams and scallops. -Red Tide has been found this month from Pasco to Sarasota counties, irritating the eyes and respiratory systems of Floridians and tourists. -Florida’s Harmful Algal Bloom Task Forces have made recommendations, and the Crist administration will implement them. -From runoff to sewage and stormwater, Florida needs tough new rules to protect our fresh water and our coastal areas.
REPLACE ALL SEPTIC TANKS – AND STOP ADDING NEW ONES – IN URBAN AREAS -There are roughly 2.7 million septic tanks in Florida. -Many septic tanks are old, too close to important watersheds, and not designed to remove nitrogen. -Contaminants seep out through sand and limestone and into the aquifers, polluting our springs, lakes and rivers. -As governor, Crist will work to replace all urban septic tanks and connect them to central sewer systems. -All new urban developments should connect to centralized sewer systems – not septic tanks. -Florida can use American Rescue Plan dollars to pay for these improvements.
SUPPORT WATER STORAGE AND WETLAND RESTORATION -Dispersed water management cleans water, creates more habitat for plants and wildlife, and provides groundwater recharge for the water supply. -The Crist administration will make more public lands available to store and clean water and restore wetlands. -As governor, Crist will find more ways to encourage private landowners to store and clean water on their property.
PROTECT FLORIDA’S FRESHWATER SPRINGS -Florida’s freshwater springs are the largest of their kind in the world. -Excessive nitrogen has polluted 80 percent of our freshwater springs. -We should be protecting our springs from agricultural runoff and excess consumption. -Crist supports a Right to Clean Water constitutional amendment. -As governor, Crist will fight state preemption of local governments adding additional protections for clean water.
FULLY FUND AND STAFF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION -As governor, Crist will appoint an environmentalist to lead DEP, not someone from an industry the state regulates. -Florida is only the third state to take over wetlands permitting from the federal government. -More responsibility means DEP needs more resources to do the job right and protect our wetlands and waterways. -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers processed about 1,000 wetlands permits a year in Florida. -The Crist administration won’t streamline bureaucracy to please industry and developers. It will do the job right to protect our precious resources from development.
STOP POLLUTING LAKE OKEECHOBEE -Florida’s “liquid heart’’ has been polluted for decades. -Tons of legacy pollution along with flood control efforts and the lake’s natural geography have vexed efforts to fully restore Lake Okeechobee. But we can at least stop making the problem worse. -As governor, Crist will crack down on agriculture runoff, improve management of the watershed north of the lake, and limit back-pumping. -Communities around the lake and coastal communities on the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers have been the ones paying the price for Lake Okeechobee polluters for too long.
RESTORE AND PROTECT OUR EVERGLADES -In Congress and as governor, Charlie worked across the aisle to secure billions of dollars for critical Everglades restoration. -For decades, special interests blocked efforts to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage and treatment, the missing link to truly restore the Everglades. -As governor in 2010, Charlie beat the special interests and signed a historic agreement to purchase over 100,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Although Charlie’s successor let the deal collapse, he remains committed to getting the job done. -In addition to keeping bipartisan, state and federal Everglades projects funded and on track, Charlie will use Amendment 1 dollars to purchase more land to enable fresh water to flow south into the Everglades and Florida Bay. -This will avoid saltwater intrusion due to sea level rise and protect coastal communities and their estuaries. Charlie’s plan will improve water quality, mitigate harmful algae blooms, support ecotourism, sequester carbon dioxide, and safeguard drinking water for millions of Floridians.
As Governor, Crist Will Create State Office for New Floridians
More than 900 people move to Florida every day. That’s nearly 330,000 new Floridians every year, and we want to welcome them with open arms. Between 2010 and 2020, Florida’s population grew by 2.7 million residents or 14.6 percent, double the nation’s overall population growth. More than 20 percent of our residents were born in another country.
Sometimes our new neighbors need assistance navigating their new home—and the Office for New Floridians will cut red tape, reduce bureaucracy, and provide essential information and services to ensure every New Floridian can make a successful transition.
New Floridians are an essential part of the economy of our state. They buy houses, open new businesses, send their children to school and help improve our communities. As governor, Charlie Crist will make sure our new neighbors get essential assistance to make a successful transition — regardless of whether they’re moving to Florida from another state or another country.
The Crist administration will establish a new office to accomplish this: the Office for New Floridians.
It can be hard to move to a new state and sort out which government office can help you obtain a driver’s license and change your motor vehicle registration, seek a professional license to pursue a particular career, or obtain the proper local licenses and permits to open a new business. You might need help finding a job, finding the right school for your children, learning how to save money for college, or accessing social services available in your neighborhood that can help with the move and transition. This will provide one stop for new residents seeking help as they put down roots in the Sunshine State.
New Floridians Hotline: The Office for New Floridians will offer a hotline in several languages whereNewFloridians can get answers to common questions that cut through red tape and help them make a successful transition. The Hotline will offer answers to questions such as obtaining a drivers’ license, immigration status, job training programs, legal aid programs, and rental assistance. Calls will be confidential.
Opportunity Centers: The Office for New Floridians will sponsor existing community organizations to offer wrap-around transition services for new Floridians. Community organizations are the closest to the need, and ONF will provide grants and other resources to them.
Resources Hub: The Office for New Floridians will set up a directory for accessing and navigating a variety of free services throughout the state.
Hub for Skilled Professional Services: Too often, professional and trade certifications do not easily transfer across state or national borders. The Office for New Floridians will establish a smooth process by which skilled professionals and trade workers (such as cosmetology, barbering, engineering, real estate, contracting, or construction) can transfer existing certifications to Florida while learning any necessary new skills quickly.
Digital Hub: The Office for New Floridians will create a digital hub that will be open around the clock and available to everyone: WelcometoFIorida.gov. It will be available in multiple languages, with information specific to your community.
Florida currently does not make it easy enough to become a New Floridian. Paperwork, red tape, and bureaucracy create burdens that are too high and prevent New Floridians from making a smooth and quick transition. By focusing on solving this problem, we will grow our economy, create jobs, and put power in the people’s hands. Whether a New Floridian is coming from Boston or Bogata, the Office for New Floridians will ensure Florida is the most welcoming state in the union for new residents.