Sarasota News Leader

11/16/2012

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CLEAR ON PRIORITIES (From left) Sherry Reynolds of the Sarasota County Schools, state Rep. Doug Holder of Sarasota and Kathryn Shea, Florida Center president and CEO, were among the participants at the Legislative Breakfast Nov. 13. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker COMMUNITY ALLIANCE CALLS ON STATE LAWMAKERS TO STOP FIGHTING THE FEDS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor The Community Alliance of Sarasota County presented its 2012 legislative priorities to one incumbent state representative and staffers for other Florida lawmakers Tuesday morn- ing, Nov. 13, and one message stood out: Stop fighting Obamacare. (Side note to interested readers: We can call the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare" now that President Obama himself is cool with it, right? Good. Carry on.) The Alliance, a coalition of nonprofit health and human services organizations, held its Second Annual Legislative Breakfast to di- rectly communicate its legislative goals to the Sarasota County delegation. Representa- tives from organizations such as the Nation- al Association of Social Workers, First Step of Sarasota and the Early Learning Coalition lined up to lay out their hopes for the Florida Legislature's spring session, which convenes March 5. "We urge the Florida Legislature and our gov- ernor to stop rejecting federal funding and/ or to not allow the pursuit of federal funds through competitive grants," said Florida Center President and CEO Kathryn Shea, the chairwoman of the Alliance's Legislative Ad- vocacy Committee, winning wide applause from the 120 or so attendees. "Millions and

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