ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum’s campaign released a new ad, “Priorities,” slamming “the GOP tax scam” which netted the “big corporations and special interests” $6 billion. In the video, much like at his rallies, Mayor Gillum declares his plan to make these entities pay their fair share in order to invest in Florida’s education system. The National Education Association reports that Florida is 45th in the nation in teacher pay.
Mayor Gillum plans to redirect the $6 billion toward giving Florida teachers pay raises and equipping Floridians for the 21st century workforce through career and vocational training, making the bold promise to do it without raising taxes. “As governor, I’ll make sure that not one person, family, or small business pays more in taxes,” Gillum says in the ad. “But I will make sure that the wealthy corporations pay their fair share so that we can give teachers a raise, and expand career and skills training.”
The Republican Governors Association consequently released a new ad attacking Gillum’s educational funding plan, claiming he’ll create a $1 billion tax hike. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Politifact confirmed the claim as “mostly true” but stated that it lacked context.
WHAT GILLUM’S CAMPAIGN IS SAYING
“Andrew Gillum understands that educating our children is more important than lining the pockets of wealthy stakeholders” said communications director Johanna Cervone. “As governor, everyday Floridians will have access to a quality education and teachers will get paid what they’re worth. It is time for wealthy corporations to pay their fair share and everyday Floridians or small businesses will not pay more in taxes.”
Willie David and Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. | firstname.lastname@example.org