Governor DeSantis Signed Proclamation Declaring Florida’s First Annual Victims of Communism Day
Florida is home to millions of individuals who came here seeking freedom from countries controlled by Communist governments, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. To honor the memories and sacrifices of those who suffered under these despotic regimes the Legislature passed and Governor DeSantis signed HB 395 to establish November 7th, a day during which students in Florida’s schools will learn about the atrocities committed by Communist regimes and the more than 100 million people who were persecuted and lost their lives in Communist countries. To read the full proclamation, click here.
“At a time when Marxism, socialism, and communism are actively promoted by prominent politicians and pop-culture figures in our own country, it is more important than ever to teach Florida’s schoolchildren about the horrific history of Communist countries and to provide them with opportunities to hear from individuals who suffered under the rule of Communist dictators,” said Governor DeSantis.
“As the daughter of Cuban exiles, I know firsthand the devastating impact communism has had on the people of Cuba,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “In Florida, we will not allow that dangerous ideology of communism to permeate into our society, and we will continue to educate our children about the atrocities that have happened at the hands of communist dictators. I am proud that our administration has and will always stand for freedom and oppose those who want to take it away from us.”
Victims of Communism Day is an opportunity for students of all ages and Floridians of all backgrounds to learn about the dangers posed by socialism around the world and here at home, as well to reflect upon the blessings of liberty afforded to ourselves and our posterity as a result of the American traditions of limited government and individual freedom.
Florida Ranks #1 in the Nation for Attracting and Developing Skilled Workforce
Florida’s focus on training workers with the technical skills and credentials is paying off as the Sunshine State was ranked number one in the U.S. for attracting and developing a skilled workforce. Governor DeSantis announced this ranking as a part of Lightcast’s 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard, which confirms that our state’s strong policies, open economy, and focus on education have solidified Florida as the nation’s best state to learn, work and live.
“By keeping Florida free and open, we have created a positive economic environment and invested in our state’s workforce and communities,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As a result, Florida is leading the nation in net migration and talent attraction. As other states continue to struggle at the hands of poor leadership, people and businesses are flocking to Florida.”
The scorecard measures seven growth areas of the most recent five-year period including net migration of counties adding new residents, education attainment, job creation, skilled job creation, competitive effect, and average annual job openings.
A key highlight of the 2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard is Florida’s lead among all states in the nation in net migration, adding more than 388,000 residents between 2016-20. That is nearly double than the next state, Texas.
Governor DeSantis Proclaims November as Florida Family Caregiver Month
Celebrated every November, National Family Caregiver Appreciation Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers by raising awareness, to help educate families and communities of this important role, and to increase support for those tasked with providing care to those in need. Florida is home to nearly 3 million family caregivers who provide a combined 2.4 billion hours of care annually.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) extends its sincerest gratitude to the family members and countless volunteers for their tireless services.
Governor DeSantis has also recognized the importance of Florida Family Caregiver Month with this official proclamation.
Additional DOEA provides additional year-round caregiver support through its administration of the National Family Caregiver Support Program, the Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF) programs and the Home Care for Elderly Program.
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