Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on New Year’s Eve highlighted his office’s accomplishments throughout 2020.
Throughout the tumultuous year, Patronis worked to support families and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, fought fraud and held scammers accountable and, as the state’s Fire Marshall, advocated for firefighters, responded to a historic hurricane season, among other accomplishments.
In all, Patronis’ office highlighted 20 accomplishments.
For families and small businesses struggling under the weight of a global pandemic, Patronis and his staff advocated for early revenue projections to give lawmakers better insight into the fiscal impacts of the virus, and worked to protect Florida’s AAA Bond rating. Patronis also provided transparency as the state disbursed billions in Federal CARES Act funding.
As licensing for new insurance agents stopped when testing vendors’ offices shuttered, Patronis issued a directive allowing the department to process more than 15,300 temporary insurance agent licenses in a manner that promoted job growth and protected Florida’s insurance consumers.
The CFO also held more than 30 meetings with local Chambers of Commerce throughout the state to better understand the impacts of the pandemic on Florida businesses and job creators. Patronis’ top priority in the 2021 Legislative Session is now fighting for business liability protections for Florida businesses and working