By: Mariel Carbone
March 6, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The 2017 Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, with state lawmakers flocking to the Capital City for 60 days of work.
Locally, State Representative Ramon Alexander said he is excited to work on several issues affecting our area. Alexander represents Gadsden County and part of Leon County.
“We’re focused on of course our appropriations projects that impact the region,” said Alexander. Those include, projects that impact infrastructure, as well as one impacting FAMU.
Alexander said there are some significant challenges the lawmakers will have to deal with, including proposed budget cuts, specifically in public education.
“I am a strong supporter and advocate for public education and so I will be articulating and advocating on behalf of all of our children throughout the state,” he said. “Significantly in the areas of juvenile justice reform and criminal justice reform.”
The state representative will be serving on the Higher Education Appropriations Committee, as well as the Post-Secondary Education Committee.
Alexander said he is working very hard to reflect the values of his constituents. One of the main concerns he said he’s heard from residents, is that of their future.
"If we don't invest in our future, then who will? And so it's important that we have youth programs, prevention styled programs, intervention model styled programs, and that we actually have the funding and resources to support the quality of life. People need jobs, people need access to opportunity, workforce development training,” he said.
Alexander said he also plans to work with other lawmakers to push for a pay increase for state workers.
Senate convenes on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The House, at 10 a.m. Governor Scott will deliver his State of the State address at 11 a.m.