Casey DeSantis: Florida Wants Charity, not Government Overreach

August 11, 2022 Updated 11:06 AM ET

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August 11, 2022 Updated 10:08 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis penned a new opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal explaining her and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approach to governance: “limited, accountable and nonexclusive.”

“Instead of creating more bloated bureaucracies, we must unite communities and work together to put parents and their children on a path to prosperity,” DeSantis said.

The First Lady touted her Hope Florida: a Pathway to Prosperity program to “maximize collaboration among our public and private sectors to help families.”

“We want all hands on deck.”

DeSantis said her administration has turned employees of Florida’s Department of Children and Families into “Hope Navigators” who help parents identify obstacles to their prosperity, find a plan to overcome them, and ensure nonprofit and private resources are utilized for that solution rather than government.

She celebrated that her program has improved around 50,000 Floridians.

Last year, Nakia F., a single mother of five, was living in her car in Jacksonville. Today, thanks to Hope Florida, Nakia works at a grocery store and has a safe home for her children. Initially, her Hope Navigator addressed Nakia and her children’s immediate crisis—food and short-term shelter. That’s where government often stops.

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis, WSJ.

Nakia’s Hope Navigator devised a plan for her family via nonprofits, small businesses, and her employer, who provided flexible hours so she could care for her children.

DeSantis slammed Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson for his “War on Poverty,” which resulted in over $20 trillion in spending with “no meaningful improvement in poverty rates.”

“In Florida, instead of overrelying on government, we’re organizing the generosity and goodness of neighbors to help one another,” she said. “Our state government extends a helping hand, connects parents and their children with local community resources, and then stays out of the way. Based on our success so far, I’m confident that Hope Florida can be a model for America.”

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