RJC Applauds Florida Families First Budget

Governor Scott Signs into Law Historical, Cultural, and Business Items Important to Floridians and the Jewish Community

Boca Raton, FL (May 31, 2013) -- Today the Republican Jewish Coalition of Florida and Board of Directors member Ambassador Mel Sembler applauded Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature for completing a budget that included initiatives important to Florida's Jewish community and all Floridians.

The following statement was released:

On behalf of the members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, I applaud Governor Rick Scott and his partners in the Florida Legislature who included three key items in the final budget signed into law. The Florida Families First Budget includes:

  • $950,000 for the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, to continue the important mission of educating our youth to remember and respect the Holocaust, its victims and survivors.

  • $1 million for Space Florida R&D which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Israel, to support innovative research for the economic benefit of both nations.

  • $100,000 to establish a Tel Aviv office of Enterprise Florida. This will provide an Enterprise Florida location in Israel, focused on facilitating joint economic development between Florida and Israel.

These three items benefit all Floridians and are important to the Jewish community. They demonstrate a deep understanding for the struggle of the Jewish people and an appreciation of Florida's unique position in the business and cultural alliance between the United States and Israel.