tv Florida Inaugural Address CSPAN January 11, 2019 3:33am-3:55am EST
at 9:30 a.m. eastern. florida's new governor committed to combating illegal immigration, and a limiting sanctuary cities in his inaugural address in tallahassee. he also spoke about protecting fortis environment and waters, improving healthcare for floridians, and the importance of civic education. this is 20 minutes. >> plus place your right hand on the bible and repeat after me. i rhonda sandys do solemnly swear that i will support, protect, and defend the constitution and government of the united states and of the state of florida. i'm duly qualified to hold
>> thank you, thank you very much. mr. chief justice, senator and mrs. gott, members of the cabinet and fellow citizens. i take the helm of the ship of state, as a florida native, as a veteran of our nation's military, conscious of my own deficient knees, mindful of the great trust that has been placed in me and thankful to so many of you who have prayed for me. being charged with leading a state with so much promise, all i can promise is that the sweat off my brow, a full heart, my best judgment, and the courage of my convictions. i will not be mindless on this
endeavor. my compass will be set on the principles reflected in the constitutional oath to which i have just taken. principles to which people in this country have given their lives. namely, that our rights are endowed by god, not by government. that we, the people, loan power to government under the constitution in order to protect our rights. the government's role is not to run our lives for us but to provide what lincoln called an open field and fair chance for one's industry enterprise and intelligence. these principles and were not because they are partisan, they aren't. they endure because they are right. i will also be guided by
the love and support of my wife, casey. she will be a terrific first lady for florida. she's my best friend, and accomplished professional, a wonderful mother for our two young children, madison and mason, as many of you saw, pretty darn good come campaigner in her own right and she cares about the people of the state. now, we've decided to dispense with a predictably takes place after these inaugurations, instead we will return to the governor's mansion to have our little boy mason baptized with water we brought back from the sea of galilee and israel. i'm also fortunate to be succeeding our new u.s.
senator, rick scott, who stood here eight years ago at a time of great economic turmoil and pledged to put people back to work. today, 1,000,000 1/2 more floridians have job, and our economy is one of the best in the nation senator scott, your laserlike focus on improving orders economy has meant much in the lives of so many here in our state. you are leaving a strong foundation from which we hear today can build. i wish you and and fair winds and following seas, i know had to leave early because his swearing-in is in a couple of hours, he will continue to be a champion for florida and the united states than it.
so it now falls to me to build upon the foundation that has been laid, the to navigate the challenges, economic and environmental and constitutional that lie ahead and to steer for a stronger, cleaner, safer future. florida competes with other states to attract investment, jobs, and in opportunities for citizens. too many state have sought to match runaway public expenditures with ever- increasing levels of taxation. this creates a vicious cycle that leads productive citizens to flee, repels investment, and leaves the people overburdened with less opportunity to prosper all the while badly damaging the fiscal health of these states. indeed we in florida have benefited from these follies and it wisely chosen fiscal policy and maintained a favorable tax climate. let's promote a virtuous cycle whereby low taxes, a reasonable regulatory climate, a sensible
legal system, and a healthy environment, attract jobs and businesses and investments, particularly in technology, manufacturing, and finance, and expending academic bays will yield more jobs for our citizens and is the best way to generate the revenue needed for public priorities like education. protecting our natural resources, and helping our infrastructure. we know what works and what doesn't. let's not veer off course. our economic potential will be jeopardized if we do not solve the problem afflicting our environment and water resources. people come to florida because of its natural beauty. tourism is not only a pillar of our state's economy, it helps to spread the tax burden to not floridians, limiting taxes and
our own citizens, but this could be in jeopardy, if we do not solve our present environmental problems as the great philosopher yogi berra remarks, if people don't want to come, nobody is going to stop them. now, for florida, the quality of our environmental surroundings are foundational to our prosperity as a state. it doesn't just drive tourism. it affects property values, it anchors many local economies and essential to our quality of life. the water is part of florida's dna. protecting it is the smart thing to do, but it's also the right thing to do. i will lead efforts to save our waterways, we will fight toxic blue-green algae, we will fights discharges from lake okeechobee, we will fight red tide. we will fight for our fishermen, we will fight for
our beaches, we will fight to restore our everglades, and we will never, ever quit, we won't be cowed, and we won't let the foot draggers stand in our way. we resolved to leave florida to god better than we found it. we also resolve to support education, florida should place a greater emphasis on vocational and technical training. as there is honor in jobs that require vocational's ills, and those who work hard and make great company contributions to our society and should have our admiration. skills-based education should include training in computer science and technology, as these skills will continue to
be demands for the foreseeable future. in a large and diverse state, our education system needs to empower parents to choose the best possible school for their children. one size does not fit all. no family should be denied the opportunity for their child to succeed, due to insufficient income, or to living in the wrong zip code. and this opportunity must extend to every floridian, regardless of race, color, or creed. we need to rediscover the value of civics education. our founding principles are what enables a nation to long indoor pet the preservation is why so many americans have laid down their lives and battles near and far.
how can we ensure that government of people should not perish from the earth. if we fail to provide all of our students with the foundational knowledge needed for properly discharging the duties of citizenship? one key element of our tradition is the distinction between the three branches of government. as a recovering u.s. the congressman, i understand and respect the powers afforded to the legislative branch. our legislators are independently elected, they don't work for me, but i hope they will work with me to meets the needs of the people of florida. in no area has this been more needed than in the field of health. the escalating cost of medical care and prescription drugs, and health insurance has wreaked havoc on family
budgets, pricing many out of the park it, and put significant stress. the current system is riddled with perverse incentives, it intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship, and it is mired in bureaucracy and red tape. the people of florida deserve relief. i also understand that the role of the judiciary, while important, must be limited. it is a self-evident truth in our constitutional system, they lack the ability to legislate. but for far too long, florida has seen judges expand their power beyond constitutional bounds and substitutes legislative will for dispassionate legal judgment. all the while damaging the constitutional separation of powers, reducing the power of the people, and eroding individual liberty. to my fellow floridians, i say to you, judicial activism and
right here and right now. i will only appoint judges who understand that the proper role of the court is to apply the constitution as written, not the legislate from the bench the constitution, not the judiciary, is supreme. one month before the election, a ferocious storm tore through parts of northwest florida. hurricane michael brought widespread destruction, but it did not destroy the resilience and resolve of the people of northwest florida. to the communities impacted, we will stand with you to rebuild your communities stronger than before.
to our veterans and men and women in our armed forces, florida values not only your service in uniform, but also, the contributions you make to our state. to our men and women in law enforcement, i will stand with you to protect our community. you put your life on the line in defense of others. you deserve our support, not our condemnation. to our local and federal law enforcement partners commit the state of florida will work with you to keep our people safe. particularly the safety of our schools. we must never turn a blind eye to those who represent a danger to our schools and community. we cannot sacrifice the safety of our people, at the author of social experimentation. we will stand for the rule of
law, we will not allow sanctuary cities, and we will stop incentivizing illegal immigration, which is unfair to our legal immigrants, for most lawless dose, and reduces wages for our blue-collar workers. we also cannot allow florida's reputation to be further tarnished by the repeated failure of a small number of counties to conduct this in a lawful manner. one generation of botched selections is enough.
alexander hamilton wrote that energy in the executive is the leading character of the definition of good government. i agree. so let there be no misunderstanding. as governor i will leave of purpose and conviction on behalf of the people of florida. if the legislature engages in wasteful spending, i will veto it. if local official list have required duties, i will remove that official. if our environment is threatened, i will move to protect it. leadership requires decisive action. after all, if they found an uncertain note, who shall prepare for battle? at the constitutional convention of 1787, benjamin franklin was asked to be the
first to sign the new constitution. it had been at montrose convention, it was a miracle that they had even produced the constitution at all. franklin pointed to the chair, at the front of the chamber, from which general george washington had presided over the convention. the chair featured a son that sat low on the horizon. franklin remarked i have often in the course of my session looked at the sun behind the president, without being able to tell whether it was rising, or setting. but now, at length, i have the happiness to know that it is rising, not a setting sun. if we meets the challenges that lie before us, if we overcome the tribalism that has dominated our politics, if we set aside, if we set the interest a part of hard-working taxpayers as our true north, but i have no doubt the state of florida will bring it úwe
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