Florida's public education system is one of the most under funded in the country. Our children cannot become successful, self-sufficient individuals without a world-class education. Businesses will only bring jobs to Florida if they are sure that they can hire educated, skilled workers. Our economy depends on Florida's public education system. When our state faces budget deficits, the first area that faces cuts is public education. As your representative, I will protect funding for our public schools. Since the USF campus is a vital part of our community in district 63, I promise to be an advocate for the University and its students. I promise to protect state funding for USF from budget slashing politicians in Tallahassee.