Anna’s Opportunity Agenda
We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Florida needs help.
For two decades, Republican leaders have implemented failed policies and dysfunctional misrule in Tallahassee. Corruption is rampant. From the misuse of public dollars, to cases of sexual assault and harassment, to inaction on critical state issues– not only have we forgotten how to govern, but we seem to have forgotten basic notions of respect and civility too.
In House District 47, we’re returning to an age of sanity, a time when Americans – all Americans – stood not divided, but united. A time of integrity and decency. A time when we could disagree without being disagreeable. We are fighting for working families, building bridges when we can, and holding people accountable when we must.
Anna’s Opportunity Agenda
We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Florida needs help.
For two decades, Republican leaders have implemented failed policies and dysfunctional misrule in Tallahassee. Corruption is rampant. From the misuse of public dollars, to cases of sexual assault and harassment, not only have we forgotten how to govern, but we seem to have forgotten basic notions of respect and civility too.
We can and must return to an age of sanity, a time when Americans – all Americans – stood not divided, but united. A time of integrity and decency. A time when we could disagree without being disagreeable.
Our Opportunity Agenda
I envision a Florida where all people have an equal chance to succeed. One where the needs of people are prioritized over the personal agendas of politicians. One where we can easily access our elected officials, and hold them accountable. One where our natural resources aren’t sold to the highest bidder; where education is more than just an assembly line of poorly made tests and teachers are paid a wage they can live off. One where all people can gain access to high quality health care and live a life free of mass shootings and fear. One where we can find common ground along party lines, while never sacrificing our values.
With your help, we can and will build a better Florida for all.
Here you will find Anna’s Opportunity Agenda. Our vision for a Florida that serves all. If there is a specific policy question you have, or you have a policy idea to share, please do not hesitate to contact me directly here. I want to hear from you.
Affordable Housing & Public Transit
We have an affordable housing crisis in Florida, and no effective public transit system. Through bringing stakeholders together, utilizing the latest technology, and securing affordable housing funds, we will create smart infrastructure that supports the growth of all Floridians.
Arts & Culture
Thanks to Anna’s advocacy in the Florida House, we have increased arts funding by 800% in Florida, bringing us from 48/50 in the country to 20/50. We must continue to reinvest in our local arts community and revitalize Florida’s film industry. Read Anna’s blog post from 2018 that outlines why investing in arts & culture matters for our health and economy.
Economy & Jobs
No Floridian should live in poverty. We will fight for fair wages and taxes, economic upward mobility, and will work to support our community’s small businesses, entrepreneurs, and unions. Learn more about our 47 Means Business platform here.
Educational Access & Attainment
We must fully fund our public schools, pay our teachers competitive salaries, eliminate high-stakes testing, and ensure access to both higher education and accelerated training programs for our high school graduates. Anna will never arm our teachers and will instead invest in meaningful school safety measures. Anna is also a passionate advocate for public education, and advocates against efforts to privatize our traditional public schools with tax dollars. Students, teachers, and parents need our support, and they need it now.
Florida’s future economy relies on protecting and preserving our natural resources, from waterways to beaches, to environmentally sensitive lands. As the Sunshine State, we should be the global leader in renewable energy, especially solar. Anna has been leading that charge — she has sponsored the state’s 100% renewable energy bill two years in a row, and has often been the lone voice in challenging monopoly energy utility companies. She accepts no donations from fossil fuel companies or big sugar, and takes on some of the most powerful industries that are hurting our environment including but not limited to plastic water bottling companies. Anna supports a ban on fracking, investment in land and water conservation, springs protection, is working to curb the impact of climate change, and wishes to ensure environmental justice for all.
Equality for All
Regardless of where you come from, who you love, who you worship, how much money you make, the color of your skin, your gender, or your disability status – you should have equal opportunity to achieve your dreams and live a life free of discrimination. One of the first bills that Anna filed was the repeal of DOMA, and she has filed legislation to prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ youth in any school that receives public money.
Government Accountability & Ethics
We will work hard to reduce wasteful government spending and eliminate the corrupting influence of corporate finance in elections. We will expand voter rights, restore home rule on key issues, and work to ensure legislators are required to host annual town halls. In her first year of elected office, Anna has hosted more than 10 town halls. You deserve a better government, one that actually works for you, and home rule on local issues.
Healthcare as a Human Right
Florida has some of the worst healthcare outcomes. We will fight to expand Medicaid, identify funding sources for mental health, and will ensure every Floridian, regardless of pre-existing conditions, has access to world-class health care. Anna also supports the use of Medical Cannabis, and will prioritize efforts to support Floridians who are suffering from the opioid crisis. Anna also supports harm reduction programs, and rehabilitation versus incarceration when it comes to overcoming addiction. HIV awareness and prevention is a big deal for Anna, and she has been a leading voice on both.
Safety & Security
Floridians deserve to feel safe in their schools, clubs, places of worship, movie theatres, work, and neighborhoods. We will always fight for common sense gun safety legislation, criminal justice reform, and will support our first responders too. Anna has been making unannounced visits to state prisons, and knows that we must reform Florida’s penal code, and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline. That’s why she’s filed legislation on these issues, and has co-sponsored legislation to decriminalize cannabis. Anna also supports rights restoration, and has been a firm supporter of the voter-approved 2018’s Amendment Four. We must also be prepared to manage the next natural disaster and cyber security threat, and prevent foreign interference with our elections.
Supporting Those in Need
Children, seniors, veterans, those displaced by climate change, the formally incarcerated, and the disability community need and deserve a Representative who cares and fights for them. We will always advocate for marginalized communities, and ensure the well-being of Florida’s families, including our pets!
Anna has committed her life’s work to women’s empowerment and feels firmly that women must have the ability to make their own personal medical decisions. She will fight to ensure access to reproductive health, including pre-natal and post-natal care. She will advocate for the ERA, earned sick time, equal work for equal pay, and stronger systems to report sexual assault and harassment. Anna brought back funds to support human trafficking prevention in Central Florida, and will continue to advocate for our survivors– always.