Tort reform is a serious problem across state lines and a problem that Congress has been avoiding for too long. As your 11th Congressional District Representative, my goal is to find real solutions to a real problem that effects businesses and the people in Florida.
First, I would work towards requirements that would change legal advertising. The end goal would be realistic advertising that supports both law firms and the people. What we see now are law firms making it look like a lottery system or advertising their firms on commercials, such as “find out how much compensation you’ll receive for a work-related injury.” This approach doesn’t support the employer. I believe a better standpoint is law firms advertising a free market approach, which would ultimately support capitalism.
Second, I’d make changes to restructure tort reform on the federal level. There are cases, unfortunately, when the victims receive settlements, but they are minuscule compared to the larger settlement they should have received. The court system needs to come back to order —for the people.
And third, since I’ve been a victim of the system personally and professionally, I see the incredible value of tort reform. Lawsuit instances consist of:
One of my companies was in the high-risk category for false lawsuits. My company was worth millions of dollars and was forced into ruin because I could no longer find an insurance provider that would give me commercial insurance due to my high-risk. The stress of operating a company for thirty-six days without insurance is unprecedented. Currently, to compensate for the loss, I’ll have to sell my commercial land, involuntarily, so that I can break even.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit: someone stole something that belonged to me, in the end, I was responsible.
Overtime wages from an employee and personal childhood friend doing drugs, whom I fired.
Workmen’s Compensation: An employee that worked for my company for one week claimed he got bit by ants and filed three claims against me. Later, I learned that he was a drifter using this scam against multiple companies within our state.
In 2015, a former employee caused a fender bender accident and hired Morgan & Morgan Law to sue my company for $500,000. The lawyers claimed the people experienced $402,000 in medical damages. The settlement for everyone involved except one person, was $40,000. The case is still ongoing for the last person. However, I was skeptical so I took a video of the client, who appears uninjured and just fine.
Fourth, I’m passionate about working hard to pass a law that will protect the consumer who is using bank wiring for business purposes. I had an unfortunate experience with a company that was hired to make me some containers. I sent the company 80% of the loan through bank wiring and he ran with the money. Regrettably, the bank didn’t do a background check on the company. My steps to resolve this included a call to the FBI and a visit to Pam Bondi at the state attorney’s office. They informed me that it was a civil matter and couldn’t help me. The situation became even more complicated because I signed my personal guarantee on the loan. Because of my unfortunate experience, I’d like to protect the people by passing a law that would require banks to have an insurance policy when lending which would protect people using bank wiring as an option for business transactions.
Lastly, higher insurance rates are negatively impacting employers. In 2019, 640 semi-truck companies were forced out of business due to a significant hike in insurance rates. Our police, jail system, fire departments and schools are becoming too high of a liability as well. In short, if your government is being sued, you’re getting sued.
I will work hard to come up with real resolutions to both sides of the problem in order to solve this serious situation that Americans face every day.
My Ideology will always support inalienable rights over laws and the right to express our many freedoms as Americans. This is the foundation of the Constitution; having the right to choose freely. I will always say yes to keeping equal opportunities for everyone and I believe this will keep us the land of the free, and home of the American dream.
If you take a moment to ask yourself why businesses are leaving the United States, one can come up with a plurality of reasons. In recent years we have become the country that no longer has open arms to businesses. In most instances it’s better to be the consumer rather than the manufacturer.
I say we can have both and stay the strongest country by being more business friendly, and levy appropriate taxation. Owning multiple small businesses, I learned firsthand some of these challenges including payroll taxes at 25% for every one-hundred dollars paid due to Workman’s Compensation and insurance rates. The liabilities alone contributed to an environment nearly impossible for the businesses to efficiently operate day-to-day.
I believe for the future of America, that we must become a country that we once were by having an open mind and open arms to helping protect the businesses that employ our great Americans. This is where we will start to improving the lives of not only the middle class but all Americans.
While visiting my wife’s hometown in Illinois I was able to see first-hand the negative effect high taxes can have on businesses in small towns. Seeing the old warehouses & abandoned buildings that were once home to a thriving economy and booming town was disheartening. Once a business-friendly state their businesses are now being taxed at such a high rate that it is negatively impacting how businesses are being run. People are being forced to relocate due to grossly better opportunities elsewhere, which is causing some small towns to take down their population signs because the conditions no longer exist for a small family to make ends meet. In America, with the entrepreneurial spirit and the American dream, government should be a springboard to help people achieve these dreams. Instead, due to insufficient employment opportunities, people have to leave their hometowns, the only places they and their families have ever lived.
Let me be clear, I am very much in favor of the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) system. I honestly believe it helps many Americans make it to the end of the week. It is a needed safety net that we can help our fellow Americans with. However, I have personally witnessed EBT abused in many ways. As a hard-working taxpayer it was difficult to watch. I have witnessed cards being used at gas stations for candy and soda. There are even people who sell their EBT benefits for a percentage on the dollar, so they are able to receive cash to spend on other things. Economically, my plan will help families all over America tremendously, by only using their EBT cards at grocery stores, on approved healthy options.
Education - Children are Our Future:
I’m a supporter of youth and education, which we all should be, as the future of America depends on it. To keep America strong, better education must be one of our primary focuses. The challenges that our school systems and teachers face must be addressed. The education system is beginning to fail as the government and lawyers are starting to make education a liability. Our teachers and staff are being limited on what they can do and offer the children, resulting in our inability to set our children up for success after graduation.
One of the main reasons I am running to represent Florida’s 11th Congressional District is to eliminate FET tax (Federal Excise Tax). Once again, I have seen first-hand the negative impact of FET tax on businesses. This tax charges 12% when purchasing trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds. The result of the tax is preventing businesses from buying new trucks which leave the older, less environmentally sound trucks on the road. Getting new trucks on the road will help the environment tremendously by lowering the fuel emissions —because of DEF fluid (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) needed for the exhaust systems.
Also, businesses are forced to get heavy equipment loans to extend the life expectancy of their trucks 5 -10 years. By eliminating the FET tax, small businesses will be able to get much-needed loans with lower monthly payments.
Lastly, I have plans to improve the welding and laser cutting industries.
More Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes than ever before. Insulin is a very important drug that’s been around since the early 1920’s. read more
I believe our leaders must do more to make life-saving drugs, such as insulin, more affordable for the average American. I propose that we implement waypoints to bring affordability to all Americans, including the self-employed. Making freelance research more affordable and endorsing a more competitive market will allow life-saving drug prices to drop. In short, we have to demand more from our leaders.