Floridians Mobilize in 15 Cities One Year From Election Day 2012

By: Progress Florida Release
By: Progress Florida Release

St. Petersburg – November 2, 2011 -

Progress Florida Release

Across Florida, concerned citizens gathered on November 1st, one year from Election Day 2012, to mobilize the state’s middle class to fight back against Rick Scott’s extremist anti-middle class agenda and return middle class values and priorities to our government in 2012.

“Awake the State is a movement of everyday Floridians fighting to reject devastating budget cuts, stop the assault on middle class families, and invest in Floridians again.” said Mark Ferrulo, executive director of Progress Florida. “Yesterday, thousands of Floridians occupied the streets and sidewalks of Florida. One year from now, millions will occupy the voting booth and that’s how we will take back our state.”

The message at the rallies was clear: Florida’s tax structure already forces middle class families to pay a higher tax rate than the rich and corporations. More unnecessary tax giveaways to corporations who barely pay any taxes in Florida won’t help anyone except the very wealthy.

“People came out all across the state to demand simple fairness for Florida’s middle class,” said Susannah Randolph, executive director of Florida Watch Action. “Rick Scott isn’t even on the ballot in 2012 but already Florida voters are lining the streets ready to hand him a pink slip.”

Speakers pointed out that politicians in Tallahassee are paying lip service to creating jobs in Florida but in fact, they are cutting thousands of jobs and making it harder for our state to recruit quality teachers, first responders, and other vital service workers.

The Awake The State movement began on March 8, 2011. Thousands of Floridians attended local Awake The State rallies from Pensacola to Key West and delivered a clear message to Florida’s political leaders: we can’t afford more budget cuts. And still, Gov. Rick Scott and his extremist allies in the Tea Party-controlled Legislature cut more than one billion dollars from our already cash-strapped schools and picked the pockets of our nurses, police and firefighters to further pad the pockets of corporate CEOs.

Awake The State represents working Floridians and middle class families who play by the rules but continue to face higher costs of living, lower wages, and reduced benefits.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    "Florida’s tax structure already forces middle class families to pay a higher tax rate than the rich and corporations" HOW?
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      by Thom on Nov 2, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to
      Sales taxes, property taxes, use fees, etc. disproportionately (in a ratio to their incomes)burden people with middle and lower incomes. That is how.
  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    Rick Scott, I did not vote for you. I will admit it. But you have done what you said you would do and you had no choice to do it. The taxpayers of this state are already suffering enough without tax increases. Those that are on the government teats , you must realize that the rest of society is in much worse shape than you so stop whining.
  • by anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    "Florida’s tax structure already forces middle class families to pay a higher tax rate than the rich and corporations" Florida families pay a higher tax rate? We don't have state income tax here. Do they mean US income tax? And "taking from police, firefighters...etc"...Tallahassee, your police got an, albeit small, increase over the next few years.
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