As Florida legislators begin their annual session in an election year, at least $28.5 million has been funneled into legislative political committees in the past six months, fueling progress on priority legislation for many industries, and blocking other ideas from advancing, according to a Herald/Times analysis.
Many people are seeing Florida as a frontier for business. Companies are pushing for their bills to be passed in Florida as a means to generate more business and expand. Their bills become priority and other bills – that can genuinely improve the state of the community – are overlooked and left for last when resources are gone and it is too late to consider them. The influence of money in politics has to be overridden in order to truly progress not only as a state but a nation. If the rich are the ones who have all the power, then what is left for the others who are concerned about themselves and their communities but don’t have the means to get their proposals out there?