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Fasano: Session not about jobs
Posted May 6, 2011 by William March
Updated May 6, 2011 at 04:45 PM
In an interview today, state Sen. Mike Fasano, a New Port Richey Republican, expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the 2011 legislative session, ending today, saying the Legislature did nothing to meet the state’s biggeest need—creating jobs.
Here’s Fasano’s take on the session:
“Sadly, I have yet to see a piece of legislation come before the House or Senate and go to the governor that will actually stimulate the economy and create jobs,” he said.
“I came to Tallahassee this year thinking that’s what we were going to do. Instead, I was playing defense on behalf of my constituents, taxpayers and ratepayers—fighting off legislation that would increase premiums on property insurance, electric rate increases for the big electric and telephone companies.
He said the insurance bill passed yesterday will increase premiums 15 percent year.
“That’s not what we should be doing when our economy is struggling,” he said. “It’s happened this year just as in the past, the special interests seem to win out.”