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Meet Bill Nelson: Lost In Space And Floating Aimlessly

- May 22, 2018

Senator Nelson, A Career Politician, Has Floated From One Public Office To Another Without Any Tangible Accomplishments Except Partisanship And Obstructionism


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Recent polling from Florida Atlantic University shows Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is trailing in his bid for reelection, and a Morning Consult shows that 46 percent of Florida voters want him gone and only 31 percent believes he deserves reelection.
  • Given he has earned a reputation of being an ineffective, "empty suit" in Congress, Do-Nothing Nelson's failing poll numbers should surprise no one.
  • Local Democrat Party leaders have recently said about Nelson, "You can't put your finger on an extraordinary thing he's done," and have described him as not very visible in the community.
  • Despite serving in the U.S House of Representatives for 12 years and serving in the U.S. Senate since 2001, a combined 30 years (!) on Capitol Hill, only 10 pieces of legislation sponsored by Nelson have become law.
  • Nelson voted against eleven of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and administration nominees and against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • In the 115th Congress, Nelson has voted with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 84 percent of the time and with the Senate Democratic Caucus 85 percent of the time.
  • Nelson voted against tax reform which has brought wage increases and bonuses to his constituents, and he has echoed Pelosi-esque talking points in an effort to deride the legislation.
    • Nelson called the tax bill "a massive transfer of wealth under the guise of tax reform" and claimed the bill "hurts the middle class, plain and simple."
    • Despite Nelson's claims, tax reform has caused multiple corporations to give wage increases to Floridians, helped ease the burden of storm victims as energy companies pass on their savings, and allowed for companies to give back to his constituents in the form of widespread bonuses.

AS FLORIDIANS LOSE FAITH IN HIS LEADERSHIP, SENATOR BILL NELSON HAS FALLEN BEHIND IN THE POLLS

According To Several Recent Polls, Nelson Is Trailing And A Plurality Of His Constituents Believe It Is Time For Someone New

A Recent Florida Atlantic University Statewide Poll Shows Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Behind 44 to 40 Percent In The Florida Senate Race. "Gov. Rick Scott has a four-point lead over U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, 44 to 40 percent, in a new statewide poll released Tuesday by Florida Atlantic University." (Steven Lemongello, "Rick Scott Takes The Lead Over Bill Nelson In New Poll," Orlando Sentinel , 5/8/18)

  • This Is A 6-Point Swing From The February Poll That Showed Nelson Leading 40 To 38 Percent. "The poll of 1,000 registered voters taken from May 4 to 7 shows a six-point swing from an FAU poll in February, which had Nelson with a 40 to 38 percent lead." (Steven Lemongello, "Rick Scott Takes The Lead Over Bill Nelson In New Poll," Orlando Sentinel , 5/8/18)

According To A Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll, "Nearly Six In Ten" Of Florida Political Veterans Polled Expect Nelson To Lose In November . "Even amid all the talk of the Democratic political wave this year, Florida's political elites are growing skeptical about Sen. Bill Nelson's prospects for fending off Gov. Rick Scott's challenge. Among more than 200 experts and veterans of Florida politics surveyed in the latest Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll, nearly six in 10 this week said they expect Scott to unseat the three-term Democratic Senator." (Adam C. Smith, "Florida Insider Poll: Doubts About Bill Nelson Beating Rick Scott Grow," Tampa Bay Times , 5/11/18)

  • A Previous Poll From Two Months Ago Showed That 57 Percent Of Florida Insider Poll Respondents Expected Nelson To Be Reelected. "Just over two months ago, more than 57 percent of the Florida Insiders surveyed expected Nelson to win." (Adam C. Smith, "Florida Insider Poll: Doubts About Bill Nelson Beating Rick Scott Grow," Tampa Bay Times , 5/11/18)

May's Morning Consult Poll Shows That 46 Percent Of Florida Voters Want Someone New To Represent Them In Washington, Compared To 31 Percent Who Would Reelect Nelson. ( Morning Consult , 275,000 Registered Voters, 2/1/18 - 4/30/18)

Nelson Is Currently The Sixth Most Vulnerable Senator Ahead Of The 2018 Midterms. (Simone Pathé, "Six Month Out: The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators In 2018," Roll Call , 5/10/18)

IF THESE POLLS ARE ANY INDICATION, FLORIDIANS ARE GROWING TIRED OF NELSON AND HIS REPUTATION AS AN INEFFECTIVE, "EMPTY SUIT"

Despite His 42 Years In Public Service, Nelson Is Still Known For Being An "Empty Suit" And Ineffective In The Senate And Many Floridians Still Have No Opinion On Him As Their Senator

Nelson Was First Elected To The Florida House Of Representatives In 1972. "After starting his law practice in Melbourne, Florida, in 1970 and working as a legislative assistant to Gov. Reubin Askew in 1971, Nelson launched his own political career and was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1972." ("Bill Nelson," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 5/22/18)

  • Nelson Served In The Florida House Of Representatives From 1973 To 1979. "He served in the state legislature from 1973 to 1979." ("Bill Nelson," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 5/22/18)

Nelson Was Then Elected To The U.S. House Of Representatives In 1978, Where He Represented Florida's 9th and 11th Congressional Districts Until 1991. "Elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, he served six terms (1979-91) as a representative for Florida's 9th and 11th congressional districts." ("Bill Nelson," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 5/22/18)

Nelson Was A Democratic Candidate In The 1990 Florida Governor's Race But Lost In The Primary . "Nelson was a candidate for governor of Florida in 1990, but he lost in the Democratic Party primaries." ("Bill Nelson," Encyclopedia Britannica , Accessed 5/22/18)

In 1994, Nelson Was Elected To The Florida Cabinet As State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, And Fire Marshal . "In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal." ("Biography," Senator Bill Nelson , Accessed 5/20/18)

Nelson Was Elected To His First Term In The United State Senate In 2000 . "Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000." ("Biography," Senator Bill Nelson , Accessed 5/20/18)

Even After His Long Tenure In Congress, Nelson Fails To Stand Out And Has Been Unable To Shake His Image Of Being An "Empty Suit." "Even so, nothing particularly major stands out despite the long tenure. Nelson's been unable to shake the perception that he is an 'empty suit,' as a Florida Trend cover story suggested in 1990." (Alex Leary, "'Old Reliable' Bill Nelson Strives To Define Himself In U.S. Senate Reelection Battle," Miami Herald , 5/18/18)

  • Broward County Democratic Activist Jack Shifrel Said "You Can't Put A Finger On An Extraordinary Thing" Nelson Has Done. "'But you can't put your finger on an extraordinary thing he's done,' said Jack Shifrel, a veteran Democratic activist in Broward County." (Alex Leary, "'Old Reliable' Bill Nelson Strives To Define Himself In U.S. Senate Reelection Battle," Miami Herald , 5/18/18)
  • State Representative Roy Hardemon (D-FL) Said It Was A Pleasure To Meet Nelson But He Has "Never Seen Him In Our Community." "State Rep. Roy Hardemon, who represents Liberty City in Tallahassee, said the shootings in his district are emblematic of larger economic pressures on his community that require solutions beyond gun-control measures, a political priority for Nelson after the Parkland shooting. 'It was my pleasure to meet him [Nelson] in the past week but I've never seen him in our community,' Hardemon said." (Alex Daugherty, "To Beat Rick Scott, Bill Nelson Needs These Voters. What's He Doing To Turn Them Out?," Miami Herald , 4/18/18)
  • Nelson Has Not Been Seen As "A Forceful Voice In Debates And Cuts A Ghostly Presence In Capitol Halls." "He is not seen as a forceful voice in debates and cuts a ghostly presence in Capitol halls. On Tuesdays, when reporters swarm to catch senators coming from party lunches, the only glimpse of Nelson is of him exiting a side door into a hallway off-limits to the news media." (Alex Leary, "Sen. Bill Nelson's Cautious Approach Comes With Heavy Emphasis On Populist Issues," Tampa Bay Times , 5/28/12)

Nelson Also Continues To Suffer From Name ID Problems, As A University Of North Florida Poll From February Shows That 26 Percent Of Voters Don't Know Enough About Him To Form An Opinion. "A February poll from the University of North Florida showed only 5 percent of registered voters didn't know enough about Scott to form an opinion. Nelson was at 26 percent." (Alex Leary, "'Old Reliable' Bill Nelson Strives To Define Himself In U.S. Senate Reelection Battle," Miami Herald , 5/18/18)

  • Another Poll From October 2017 Showed That 49 Percent Of Floridians Don't Know Enough About Nelson To Form An Opinion Of Him. "A new poll suggests that about half of Florida's voters - 49% - don't know enough about the man who has been their U.S. senator for 17 years to form an opinion about the job he's doing." (Ledyard King, "Bill Nelson Suffers From Name ID Problem," Pensacola News Journal )

During His Time In The Senate, Nelson Has Been The Sponsor Of Only 10 Pieces Of Legislation That Have Become Law . ("Legislation Sponsored Or Cosponsored By Bill Nelson," Sen. Bill Nelson , Accessed 5/21/18)

  • Seven Of The Pieces Of Legislation Were Passed During His 18-Year Tenure In U.S. Senate . ("Legislation Sponsored Or Cosponsored By Bill Nelson," Sen. Bill Nelson , Accessed 5/21/18)

  • Three Of The Pieces Of Legislation Were Passed During His 12-Year Tenure In U.S. House Of Representatives. ("Legislation Sponsored Or Cosponsored By Bill Nelson," Sen. Bill Nelson , Accessed 5/21/18)

NELSON'S VOTING AGAINST TRUMP'S NOMINEES AND LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES SHOWS HOW HE PUTS PARTY OVER HIS CONSTITUENTS

Nelson Voted Against 11 Of President Trump's Cabinet And Administration Nominees And His Nominee To The Supreme Court

On January 23, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mike Pompeo For Director Of The Central Intelligence Agency. (PN43, Roll Call Vote #32 ; Confirmed 66-32: R 51-0-0; D 14-31-2; I 1-1-0, 1/23/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 1, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State . (PN25, Roll Call Vote #36 : Confirmed 56-43: R 52-0-0; D 3-42-1; I 1-1-0, 2/1/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 7, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Betsy DeVos For Secretary Of Education. (PN37, Roll Call Vote #54 : Confirmed: 50-50: R 50-0; D 0-48; I 0-2, 2/7/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 8, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Jeff Sessions For Attorney General . (PN30, Roll Call Vote #59 : Confirmed: 52-47-1: R 51-0-1; D 1-45-0; I 0-2-0, 2/8/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 10, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Tom Price For Secretary Of Health And Human Services. (PN33, Roll Call Vote #61 : Confirmed 52-47-1: R 52-0-0; D 0-45-1; I 0-2-0, 2/10/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 13, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Steven Mnuchin For Secretary Of Treasury . (PN26, Roll Call Vote #63 : Confirmed 53-47: R 52-0; D 1-46, 2/13/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 16, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Mick Mulvaney For Director Of The Office Of Management And Budget. (PN54, Roll Call Vote #68 : Confirmed 51-49: R 51-1; D 0-48, 2/16/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On February 17, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Scott Pruitt For Administrator Of The Environmental Protection Agency. (PN44, Roll Call Vote #71 : Confirmed 52-46-2: R 52-1-1; D 0-43-1; I 0-2-0, 2/17/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On March 2, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Ben Carson For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development. (PN34, Roll Call Vote #77 : Confirmed 58-41-1: R 51-0-1; D 6-40-0; I 1-1-0, 3/2/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On March 2, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy . (PN36, Roll Call Vote #79 : Confirmed 62-37-1; R 51-0-1; D 10-36-0; I 1-1-0, 3/2/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

On April 7, 2017, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Neil M. Gorsuch For Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States. (PN55, Roll Call Vote #111 : Confirmed 54-45-1: R 51-0-1; D 3-43-0; I 0-2-0, 4/7/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

  • Nelson Said That His No Vote For Gorsuch Was Based On The Judge's "Thinking On Protecting The Right To Vote And Allowing Unlimited Money In Political Campaigns" And His Siding With "Corporations Over Employees." "I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns. In addition, the judge has consistently sided with corporations over employees, as in the case of a freezing truck driver who, contrary to common sense, Judge Gorsuch would have allowed to be fired for abandoning his disabled rig during extreme weather conditions." (Press Release, "Sen. Bill Nelson Announces He Will Vote 'No' On Gorsuch," Senator Bill Nelson , 3/27/17)
  • Nelson Voted To Confirm Gorsuch To Be A Circuit Judge For The Tenth Circuit On July 20, 2006. (PN1565, Confirmed By The Senate By Voice Vote , 7/20/06)

On January 24, 2018, Nelson Voted Against The Confirmation Of Alex Azar For Secretary Of Health And Human Services. ( PN1371, Roll Call Vote #21 : Confirmed 55-43-2: R 48-1-2; D 6-41-0; I 1-1-0, 1/24/18, Nelson Voted Nay)

Nelson Also Only Chose To Support The Nomination Of Gina Haspel For Director Of The CIA After Her Nomination Was "Assured By Other Democrats." "After her nomination was assured by other Democrats, Nelson pulls a Nelson" (Marc Caputo, Twitter Feed , 5/15/18)

In This Congress, Nelson Has Voted With Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 84 Percent Of The Time And With The Senate Democratic Caucus 85 Percent Of The Time

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Nelson Has Voted With Members Of The Senate Democratic Caucus An Average Of 85 Percent Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 5/21/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Bill Nelson Has Voted With Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 84% Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 5/21/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Bill Nelson Has Voted With Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 71% Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 5/21/18)

To Date In The 115th Congress (2017-2018), Senator Bill Nelson Has Voted With Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 71% Of The Time. ("Propublica Head To Head Voting Report," Propublica , Accessed 5/21/18)

Nelson Voted Against Tax Reform Which Has Brought Wage Increases And Bonuses To Floridians

On December 20, 2017, Nelson Voted Against the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Motion Agreed To 51-48-1: R 51-0-1; D 0-46-0; I 0-2-0, 12/20/17, Nelson Voted Nay)

Nelson Called The Bill Was "A Massive Transfer Of Wealth Under The Guise Of Tax Reform" And Said The Bill "Hurts The Middle Class, Plain And Simple." "This bill is, in effect, a massive transfer of wealth under the guise of tax reform. You can repeat a statement over and over, but that doesn't make it true. This bill does not help the middle class. This bill hurts the middle class, plain and simple." (Twitter Feed, Senator Bill Nelson , 12/1/17)

Before The Vote, Nelson Told Florida Small Businesses That The Bill Would Hurt Them And "Get Them In The Neck ." "A week ahead of the expected vote on a controversial tax reform bill, U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., visited Tampa to deliver a message to small businesses: This bill will hurt you. 'Small businesses are the economic engine of Florida,' said Nelson, a Democrat. With this bill, 'they get it in the neck.'" (Malena Carollo, "Senator Nelson On Tax Reform Bill: Small Business Will 'Get It In The Neck,'" Tampa Bay Times , 11/19/17)

125,000 Disney Employees Will Receive A $1,000 Bonuses And Invest $50 Million To Help Hourly Employees Pay For College Tuition. "More than 125,000 employees at Walt Disney Company will each receive a $1,000 cash bonus, the company announced Tuesday. The company will also invest $50 million to help hourly employees pay for college tuition starting with the upcoming fall semester, company chairman and chief executive officer Robert Iger announced Tuesday. Nearly 88,000 employees are eligible." (Gabrielle Russon, "Disney To Give $1,000 Bonuses To Over 125,000 Workers," The Orlando Sentinel , 1/23/18)

  • Walt Disney World Employs 53,500 People In Florida. "Walt Disney World Number of Employees: 53,500. Come and enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Plan your family vacation and create memories for a lifetime." ("Orlando's Top 10 Employers," Orlando's Top Ten , Accessed 5/21/18)

Following The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, Apple Gave Its Employees A Bonus Of $2,500 Worth Of Restricted Stock Units, Pledged To Invest $30 Billion In The U.S. Economy Over The Next Five Years, And Add 20,000 New Jobs. "Apple Inc. told employees Wednesday that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law, according to people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker will begin issuing stock grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. The move comes on the same day Apple said it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, funding an additional technical support campus, data centers and 20,000 new employees. Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday." (Mark Gurman, "Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law," Bloomberg , 1/17/18)

  • There Are 3,868 Apple Employees In Florida. ("Jobs In Every State," Apple, Accessed 5/21/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 13,400 AT&T Employees In Florida. "More than 13,400 AT&T employees working in Florida as of January 31, 2018." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 5/21/18)

Bank Of America Will Give About 145,000 Employees $1,000 Bonuses And CEO Brian Moynihan Cited The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act As The Reason For The Companies Generosity. "Bank of America will give some of its employees a $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. 'Beginning in 2018, we will see benefits from the tax reform ... in the form of lower corporate tax rates,' CEO Brian Moynihan said in an internal memo to employees obtained by CNBC. He also said that about 145,000 employees will receive the bonus." (Fred Imbert, "Bank Of America Is Giving Some Employees A $1,000 Bonus, Citing Tax Bill," CNBC , 12/22/17)

  • Bank Of America Has 564 Financial Centers In Florida. ("Florida," Bank Of America , Accessed 5/21/18)

PNC Financial Services Said It Will Give $1,000 Bonuses To 90 Percent Of Their Employees Below A Certain Pay Grade, And Will Increase Their Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By The End Of 2018. "PNC Financial Services PNC, +0.47% became the latest company to say it will pay special bonuses to the bulk of its employees, among other workforce investments, after the tax bill was signed into law Friday. The financial services company said it will provide a $1,000 cash payment in the first quarter of 2018 to about 47,500 employees, or the about 90% of its workforce who are below a certain compensation band. In addition, PNC said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018, provide an additional $1,500 for employees in the defined benefit pension plan and make a $200 million contribution to the PNC Foundation, which supports early childhood education." (Tomi Kilgore, "PNC To Pay $1,000 Bonuses, Raise Minimum Wage After Tax Bill Signed," Market Watch , 12/22/17)

  • PNC Financial Services Has 9 Wealth Management Offices In Florida. ("Wealth Management And Hawthorn Office Locations," PNC , Accessed 5/21/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Walmart Will Increase Its Minimum Wage To $11 Per Hour, And Give Employees A One Time $1,000 Bonus. "Walmart's workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the world's largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers. The big-box retailer announced Thursday it will increase its starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits. Currently, Walmart's starting wage is $9 until workers complete a training program. Then, they receive $10. Walmart will also pay a one-time cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000. The payouts, which should total roughly $400 million, will result in a one-time charge that the company will take in its fiscal fourth quarter." (Lauren Thomas, "Walmart To Raise Its Starting Wage To $11, Give Some Employees Bonuses Following Tax Bill Passage," CNBC , 1/11/18)

  • There Are 107,460 Walmart Employees In Florida. "Associates: Associates in Florida: 107,460." (Florida, Walmart , Accessed 1/11/18)

Darden Restaurants, The Owners Of Olive Garden And Longhorn Steakhouse, Announced That They Planned To Invest $20 Million Into Their Employees As A Result Of Increased Profits From The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Darden Restaurants Inc., the owner of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, expects the federal corporate tax cut to fatten profits, and it promised to pass along some of the money to employees. The company is now planning for an effective tax rate of 18 percent this year, down from 25 percent earlier. That will bring a windfall of about $70 million, or 56 cents a share. The legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed last month, is poised to lower the restaurant chain's rate, though it also expects other changes to help as well. With its financial outlook brightening, the company pledged to spend about $20 million on employees." (Nick Turner, "Olive Garden Owner Pledges To Boost Employee Perks After Tax Cut," Bloomberg , 1/8/18)

  • Olive Garden Headquarters Is Located In In Orlando, Florida. "The Olive Garden main headquarters are in Orlando, Florida, USA. Olive Garden Headquarters Address: 1000 Darden Center Dr Orlando, Florida 32837 United States." ("Where Is The Olive Garden Corporate Office?," Headquarters List , Accessed 1/8/18)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse's Corporate Headquarters Is Located In Florida. "As you can see, the folks at Longhorn take grilling steaks seriously. How seriously? Just last week at Darden Corporate Headquarters in Orlando, seven of these brand's top grill masters (who - after weeks of regional competitions - had been culled from the 491 restaurants that make up this chain) competed for a $10,000 prize in the Company's second annual Steak Master Series." (Jim Hill, "Jens Dahlmann Of Longhorn Steakhouse Has Lots Of Great Tips When It Comes To Grilling," The Huffington Post , 7/4/17)

Starbucks Coffee Has Multiple Locations In Florida, Will Hire 8,500 New Employees Nationally, And Will Announce New Employee Benefits, Raises And Offerings In 2018. "Starbucks Coffee Company (Multiple locations in Florida) - Nationally, 8,000 new retail jobs and 500 new manufacturing jobs; new employee offerings/raises/benefits totaling $250 million will be announced later in 2018." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, 1/24/18)

Lowe's, Who Employs 21,000 Employees At 123 Stores In Florida, Will Give Employees Bonuses Up To $1,000 Bonuses Expanded Benefits And Maternity/Parental Leave And $5,000 Of Adoption Assistance. "Lowes -21,000 employees at 123 stores and two distribution centers in Florida. Employees will receive bonuses of up to $1,000 based on length of service, expanded benefits and maternity/parental leave; and $5,000 of adoption assistance." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, 1/24/18)

CVS Increased Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour, And They Will Not Increase Employee Healthcare Premiums For The 2018-2019 Plan Year. "CVS Health will increase the starting wage rate for hourly employees to $11 an hour, effective April 2018. As part of this change, the company also plans to adjust pay ranges and rates for many of its retail pharmacy technicians, front store associates and other hourly retail employees later in the year to ensure a competitive compensation structure that supports the company's plans to evolve its retail stores into a health care destination. As part of ensuring access to affordable health care, CVS Health will not increase employee premiums for the 2018-2019 plan year. While medical and prescription costs have increased 5% year-over-year, CVS Health will absorb the entire increase for the 100,000 employees who have elected to enroll in the company-sponsored health plan." (Press Release, "CVS Health Investing In Long-Term And Sustainable Wage Increases And Benefits Enhancements Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act," CVS , 2/8/18)

  • CVS Has 754 Phamacies In Florida. ("Facts By State," CVS , Accessed 5/21/18)

Wells Fargo, Which Has 614 Locations In Florida, Will Raised Their Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour, Increased Their Charitable Investment By $400 Million, And Increased Their Capital Investment By $100 Million. "Wells Fargo -- 614 bank locations in Florida -- Nationally, base wage raised from $13.50 to $15.00 per hour; $400 million in charitable donation for 2018; $100 million increased capital investment over next three years." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, 1/24/18)

Duke Energy Florida Will Apply Their Tax Savings Toward Storm Costs So That Customers Will Not Have To Pay Increased Rates As A Result Of Hurricane Irma. "Duke Energy Florida today announced that customers will directly benefit from the new federal tax law and avoid a rate increase for power restoration costs associated with the company's response to last September's Hurricane Irma. Instead of increasing customer rates, the company plans to apply federal tax reform savings toward those storm costs." (Press Release, "Duke Energy Florida Customers Will Not See Rate Increase For Hurricane Irma And Related $513-Million In Storm Costs," Duke Energy , 1/21/18)

  • Duke Energy Florida Provides Power To About 1.8 Million Customers In Florida. "Duke Energy Florida owns and operates a diverse generation mix, including renewables, providing about 8,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.8 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area." (Press Release, "Duke Energy Florida Customers Will Not See Rate Increase For Hurricane Irma And Related $513-Million In Storm Costs," Duke Energy , 1/21/18)

Gulf Power Company Will Pass Its $103 Million In Tax Savings Along To Its 460,000 Florida Customers . "Gulf Power has filed a request with the Florida Public Service Commission seeking approval to pass along approximately $103 million in tax savings to its 460,000 customers. If approved, the average Gulf Power customer using 1,112 kilowatt hours per month would see a $14 drop on their monthly electricity bill for 2018 - the largest decrease in company history. More than $30 million in savings for customers will continue into 2019 and beyond if approved by the FPSC." ("Gulf Power Seeks Bill Reduction For Customers Following Tax Cuts," Pensacola News Journal , 2/14/18)


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