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Rep. Pafford Calls Fellow Lawmakers Tone Deaf

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The Florida House Minority Leader is calling his fellow lawmakers tone deaf. Democratic Representative Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach says the state is suffering from a lack of leadership.

“How dare we say we are doing anything for the people of Florida when year after year we fail. We are spending 25 weeks in Tallahassee because we’ve spent so much time doing nothing? And we’ve got to keep coming back and trying,” he said.

Pafford noted the state’s troubled unemployment benefits website and standardized testing fiasco. The representative called for increased public engagement. Pafford says he will focus on public education and healthcare in the 2016 session.