C F O Patronis' Weekly Rundown newsletter
DFS Homepage | Past Issues | PDF Volume 15 | Number 12 | March 28, 2018

Dear Fellow Floridians:

This week, Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 376, officially adding Florida to the list of states taking care of their first responder community. First responders are attempting suicide at a rate of more than ten times higher than the general population. This is unacceptable, so we worked together with legislative leaders to make sure our first responders have access to mental health benefits through Florida’s workers’ compensation system.

We heard many stories from Florida’s first responders about how what they see impacts their lives. Signing this bill into law tells every first responder that it’s okay to seek help and treatment, and that the entire state has their back. This bill is for every first responder who has shared their struggles with PTSD: Stevie LaDue, who committed suicide, and his sister Megan Vila who advocated on his behalf; David Dangerfield who took his life and his wife Leslie who gave him a voice; Gerry Realin, a Pulse Nightclub first responder who continues to struggle with the images of that day and his wife Jessica who is his constant champion; and all the brave men and women on the scene at Pulse, Parkland, and the FIU bridge collapse, this is for you.

Our first responders show up when we need them most, and we are proud to show up for them.

Sincerely,

Jimmy
Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

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News of Interest

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CFO Praises Gov. Scott for Signing Legislation to Modernize Agency

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement praising Gov. Rick Scott for signing House Bill 1073, streamlining and modernizing the Department of Financial Services (DFS).

"As someone who has spent most of my life as a small business owner, I know firsthand how important it is to make sure a business works best for those it serves. This year, we wanted to modernize my office so it works better for the people we serve.

"We must shift to a government culture that tears down silos and moves away from outdated ways of doing things. Improving efficiencies not only benefits the people and businesses my office serves, but is also a better way to manage taxpayer dollars.

"Thank you to Rep. Bill Hager and Sen. Kelli Stargel for being a champion for Florida consumers and passing this good bill."

House Bill 1073 protects and serves Florida consumers in several ways including streamlining the appointment process for non-resident adjustors, preventing those responsible for the failure of any insurance company from serving in a similar role within another company, providing a pathway for better communication between local governments and reducing regulatory costs for licensees.


Florida Economic Briefs

Florida Continues to Create Jobs in February
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity reported Florida created 25,600 additional jobs in February and 161,600 jobs since February 2017. The top subsectors leading job growth in the past year were the professional and business services and construction subsectors.
Source: Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida’s Housing Market Continues to Strengthen
Florida Realtors reported increases in closed sales, new listings, and median home prices in the last 12 months. Specifically, sales of single family homes increased 3.3 percent and the median price for a single-family home increased 9.6 percent compared to February 2017.
Source: Florida Realtors

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