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CVA to Gov. Scott: Corporate Welfare Does Not Make Florida Stronger

Tallahassee, FL – Yesterday Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) tried using national defense as a front to justify continuing Enterprise Florida, a corporate welfare program that uses taxpayer dollars to pay out special interests. The Florida state House recently voted to eliminate the program through H.B. 7005. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Coalitions Director Diego Echeverri issued… Read more »

New Bill Guts Cronyism, Puts Hardworking Floridians First

Tallahassee, FL – Today the Florida State Legislature voted to pass the Enterprise Florida gut job bill (PCB CCS 17-01). The bill will eliminate a number of major corporate welfare programs, including Enterprise Florida’s public-private partnership that hands out taxpayer funds to a few, large benefiting companies at the expense of many hardworking Floridians. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Florida Spokesman Diego Echeverri issued the… Read more »

Governor Scott Makes Vets a Priority in 2017 Budget

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Scott’s newly-introduced state budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year includes an important provision prioritizing veterans. In addition to his broad based tax cuts that will provide relief to hardworking Floridians, Governor Scott proposes eliminating fees for hardworking veterans who work as commercial drivers. The budget also includes more FTEs, so that veterans’ services… Read more »

CVA Supports Rep. Smith’s Bill to Close Unnecessary Military Bases

Arlington, VA – Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) is reintroducing a bill which would allow the Department of Defense to eliminate or consolidate unnecessary military infrastructure in a move known as “base realignment and closure” (BRAC). The measure, called the Military Infrastructure Consolidation and Efficiency Act, will seek to fix problems with an older round of… Read more »

Bonus Clawback Scandal Will Cost Taxpayers Millions

Arlington, VA – The Pentagon bonus clawback scandal will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the Department of Defense.

Pentagon “Solution” to Bonus Repayment Scandal Misses the Mark

Arlington, VA – Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the DOD Finance and Accounting Service team is suspending efforts to grab back bonuses from California National Guard veterans until Carter is “satisfied that [the] process is working effectively.” Carter asserted that as of January 1, 2017, a “streamlined, centralized process” will be adapted… Read more »

CVA Urges Congress to Waive Veteran Bonus Repayments

Arlington, VA – In light of investigations exposing fraud and mismanagement at the California National Guard, roughly 10,000 soldiers in California are being ordered to repay enlistment bonuses given to them by the Pentagon over a decade ago. If the veterans are unable to pay back the money, the Pentagon plans to use interest charges,… Read more »