News Release: Associated Press
August 5, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Gov. Charlie Crist laid out his plan to help the middle class by raising the minimum wage, increasing funds for public schools and expanding Medicaid.
Crist said Tuesday that if elected he'll fight for the middle class instead of big corporations. The former Republican turned Democrat took several shots at his opponent, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, as he released his "Fair Shot Florida" plan in Fort Lauderdale.
Crist's plan echoes steps taken at the federal level by President Barack Obama.
Crist says his opponent tried to slash $3.3 billion from K-12 education in his first budget and settled for a $1.3 billion cut. Crist vowed to reverse cuts by raising per-child funding to $7,405.79. He also promised to work with lawmakers to raise minimum wage to $10.10 and expand Medicaid under Obama's health law.