Today, the House and Senate have released a draft of the special session proclamation that will be announced tomorrow following the swearing-in of incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne) and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park).
Per House and Senate leadership, HB 5603 (Department of Financial Services) and HB 5611 (Review of Department of Management Services) have not been listed in the proclamation to be considered during tomorrow’s special session.
Governor-Elect Rick Scott (R) also made some news today, announcing his budget advisory team that will begin assembling his first budget proposal, which is due to the Legislature by February 4. Below is the full list:
Donna Arduin – President at Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics. Arduin served as the Director for the Florida Office of Policy and Budget for Gov. Jeb Bush, where she formulated the governor’s policy recommendations and negotiated with the legislature to enact his budget policies. She has held similar positions in California, Michigan, and New York. She has also consulted the Florida House of Representatives. Arduin will be leading the economic advisory team.
Tad DeHaven: DeHaven is a budget analyst on federal and state budget issues for the Cato Institute. Previously he was a deputy director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget and a policy analyst with the National Taxpayers Union. DeHaven also worked as a budget policy advisor to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Talmadge Heflin: Heflin is the Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy. For 11 terms, Talmadge served the people of Harris County as a Texas state representative. Well regarded as a legislative leader on budget and tax issues by Democratic and Republican speakers alike, he for several terms was the only House member to serve on both the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees.
Randall G. Holcombe: A DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and published author. Holcombe served on Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2000 to 2006, was president of the Public Choice Society from 2006 to 2008, and was president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics in 2007.
Arthur Laffer: Founder and Chairman of Laffer Associates, an economic research firm. Known by many as “The Father of Supply-Side Economics,” Laffer has shaped American economic policy serving on President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board.
Robert McClure: President and CEO of the James Madison Institute. McClure was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Elections Commission and has served on the State of Florida Education Strategic Planning Council.
In addition, Governor-Elect Scott has announced four more members to his transition team.
Adam Hollingsworth, Director of Agency Reviews: In charge of reviewing the functioning of all state agencies, Adam is currently chief-of-staff to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and previously worked for the CSX rail-transportation company;
Pamela Pfeifer, Director of Policy: Pamela Pfeifer previously served in the administration of Governor Jeb Bush in a variety of capacities, including as Deputy Policy Director and Chief of Staff for his second term Transition. Following her service in the Bush Administration, she was the first Executive Director of the Florida Justice Reform Institute;
Edward Miyagishima, Director of Scheduling and Operations: He has spent 3 years as a Senior Advance Representative at the White House for President George W. Bush. He also was the Director of Operations for the Summit on Financial Markets and World Economy where he was directly responsible to coordinate logistics for all the G-20 nations’ leaders and delegations along with five world organizations including the IMF, World Bank and UN.
Brian Burgess, Director of Communications: Helped Rick Scott launch Conservatives for Patients’ Rights in early 2009 while working as a senior account executive at CRC Public Relations in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to joining CRC, Burgess served as Public Information Officer for District Attorney Phill Kline in Johnson County, Kansas.
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