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Sarasota News Leader October 18, 2013 surplus, that doesn't mean it's time to put money in reserves and cut taxes, she argued. Gov. Rick Scott, for example, has proposed cutting taxes and fees by $500 million. The Legislature should instead concentrate on reversing "horrendous" budget cuts inflicted on agencies around the state, Shea argued. "If they're not thriving, we're not driving economic development," she said. "There's an absolute correlation there." Page 43 "It's both the morally and fiscally responsible thing to do," she argued, "and I hope that it will pass this year." Both Holder and Steube praised the Community Alliance's process and credited members for acting as a resource during this year's legislative session. Steube emphasized his role on the Florida House's Appropriations Committee, encouraging nonprofit leaders to meet with him in person before the end of the Ruth Brandwein, the legislative chair- year. woman of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, echoed that This year's partnership was "really successin making the case for Medicaid expansion. ful," Holder said. "We've had a really, really The measure would give 35,000 county resi- good run in being able to get the funds to be dents access to health care, she said, and it able to provide the services that you guys, would generate 120,000 new jobs around the as the unsung heroes of our community, state, including 10,000 in the Sarasota area. advocate." % State Sen. Nancy Detert of Venice is the dean of the Sarasota County legislative delegation. Photo courtesy

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