FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –
Staying true to his campaign promise to “Get-to-Work,” Governor-Elect Rick Scott put his 7-step plan to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years on the fast-track today with the announcement of an impressive cast of nationally known economics experts who will advise the Governor-elect throughout the budget process as he begins to turn policy into action.
Headed by Donna Arduin, the former Director for the Florida Office of Policy and Budget who arrives in Tallahassee today, these experts have been analyzing the most effective and efficient ways to implement the Governor-elect's plans throughout the budget.
Budget recommendations are due on February 4th.
Let's get to work.
Economic Advisory Council Members:
Donna Arduin – President at Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics. Arduin served as the Director for the Florida Office of Policy and Budget for Governor Jeb Bush, where she formulated the governor’s policy recommendations and negotiated with the legislature to enact his budget policies. She has held similar positions in California, Michigan, and New York. Donna Arduin has also consulted the Florida House of Representatives.
Tad DeHaven - He is a budget analyst on federal and state budget issues for the Cato Institute. Previously he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget and a policy analyst with the National Taxpayers Union. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK). His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, and National Review.
The Honorable Talmadge Heflin – Talmadge Heflin is the Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Fiscal Policy. For 11 terms, Talmadge served the people of Harris County as a Texas state representative. Well regarded as a legislative leader on budget and tax issues by Democratic and Republican speakers alike, he for several terms was the only House member to serve on both the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees. In the 78th Texas Legislature, Talmadge served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations. He navigated a $10 billion state budget shortfall through targeted spending cuts that allowed Texans to avoid a tax increase.
Dr. Randall G. Holcombe – A DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and published author. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech, and taught at Texas A&M University and at Auburn University prior to coming to Florida State in 1988. Dr. Holcombe is also Senior Fellow at the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank that specializes in issues facing state governments. He served on Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, was president of the Public Choice Society from 2006 to 2008, and was president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics in 2007.
Dr. Arthur B. Laffer – Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm. Known by many as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics,” Dr. Laffer has shaped American economic policy serving on President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board. He has received numerous economic awards and achievements for his work on the Laffer Curve and other economic issues. Dr. Laffer received a B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1963. He received a MBA and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1965 and 1972 respectively.
Dr. Robert McClure - President and CEO of The James Madison Institute. Dr. McClure was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Elections Commission and has served on the State of Florida Education Strategic Planning Council. A 5th generation Floridian, he has been published at both the state and national level on numerous topics related to economic freedom. Dr. McClure received a B.A. from Furman University in 1987. He received an MS from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Florida.
The Economic Advisory Council will be headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.