Rob Bradley: Tough decisions ahead

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 10:41 p.m.

The 2013 Session of the Florida Legislature convenes on Tuesday. As a newly elected member of the state Senate, I'm excited to have an opportunity to represent the residents of Clay, Bradford and Alachua Counties.

Our state was at the epicenter of one of the most challenging economic times in our nation's history. While Florida's unemployment rate remains slightly above the national average, we do see signs of encouragement with increases in population growth and a slight recovery in the housing market.

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Civil and Criminal Justice and a member of the full Appropriations Committee, much of my focus will be on the budgetary process. Unlike the federal government and many states, we pass a constitutionally mandated balanced budget.

While the economy and revenue picture are better than in previous years, tough decisions will still have to be made to ensure continued economic recovery. Over the course of the next two months, the Legislature will debate policy which can significantly impact our prosperity as a state.

I encourage your participation in this process and welcome your suggestions. Feel free to contact me in Tallahassee at 850-487-5007 or email me at

State Sen. Rob Bradley is a Republican from Fleming Island.

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