Florida has one of the highest levels of income inequality and the highest inflation rate in the country, leaving families behind. Despite this, Tallahassee continues to push disastrous economic policies, policies which further perpetuate alarming levels of income inequality and grant excessive sway to corporate monopolies. Nate is committed to an economic platform that champions competitive markets, empowers workers, supports small business, and demands immediate action.
As Florida’s homeowners and renters fall between the cracks, lawmakers scoop up millions of dollars in contributions from insurance companies. Insurance premiums in Florida are four times higher than the national average – at $6,000 compared to $1,700 – and have risen by over 40% in 2023. Addressing this issue involves providing support to homeowners rather than shielding insurance agencies from litigation. The challenges posed by over-development in Oviedo and other parts of HD37 add fuel to the fire. Striking a balance between development and environmental conservation is crucial. Nate will advocate for true affordable housing, sustainable development, and improved public transit infrastructure to foster equitable and resilient communities in Florida.
When facing a tough medical decision, do you want the government to make that decision for you or would you prefer to make that decision with your doctor?
Florida is the 4th most expensive state for healthcare and Floridians with employer-provided family coverage pay the highest premium out of any other state, at nearly $7,100. If the American healthcare system were a country, it would rank 13 in greenhouse gas emissions, causing 9% of air pollutants, leading to respiratory infections, heart disease, and strokes. Our healthcare system faces a dual crisis of environmental impact and exorbitant costs. Instead of dealing with the fact that 52% of Floridians skipped out on going to the doctor because of high costs, politicians in Tallahassee decided to put lives at risk by passing an extreme six-week abortion ban and refusing to expand Medicaid.
Only 4% of energy produced in the Sunshine State is renewable energy, lagging far behind the national average of roughly 20%. Nate will prioritize expanding renewable energy across the state, lowering utility bills for Florida residents, improving our water quality, and reducing the risk of natural disasters. Nate strives to create a Central Florida built on green energy, green spaces, kid-friendly urban planning, and bikeable communities.
Florida ranks 48th in the nation in teacher pay, leading to one of the largest teacher shortages. Additionally, Florida experiences the largest drop in learning between fourth and eighth grades. Moreover, Florida is on track to banning the most books in the nation. Students should have a safe learning environment that challenges them to think critically and learn new perspectives. As the son of a public school teacher, a former substitute teacher, and a graduate student himself, Nate knows our education system can be improved.
Orlando has the 5th average highest commute time out of any metro area according to recent data. Orlando is the largest tourist destination in the United States, with over 104 million visitors as of November 2022. Out of 35 metro areas analyzed in March 2023, Orlando ranked 33 in walkability. With the large number of tourists and working residents who need to make a living, this is unsustainable. Public transit such as SunRail is a good first step to fixing Central Florida's commute problem, but it should not stop there. Rural boundaries in District 37 are undergoing enormous changes in land development, crowding areas and congesting traffic. There's a simple solution that lawmakers and developers just refuse to consider: expanding transportation such as light-rail, streetcars, and aerial trams. Additional measures that need to be taken are expanding transit-only bus lanes, expanding bike lanes and making them safer, and expanding sidewalks.