Governor Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida, joined Hoover fellows and other economists for an economic roundtable at the Hoover Institution on Thursday, July 16. The Governor outlined his economic vision, which was followed by a thoughtful exchange discussing ideas and policies to achieve strong job and economic growth in the United States. Attending scholars included those with specialties in taxation, labor economics, monetary policy, financial economics, education economics, and the regulatory system.
Governor Bush was the third Republican elected as Governor of Florida and the first Republican in Florida’s history to be reelected. As Governor, Bush cut nearly $20 billion in taxes and vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks. During his tenure, Florida created 1.3 million net new jobs. His top priority, however, was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system, establishing a bold accountability system and the most ambitious school choice program. Since leaving office, Bush has continued to fight for education reform across the country through his Foundation for Excellence in Education. He is currently running for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Thursday’s roundtable continues a long tradition of the Hoover Institution engaging policy leaders. In the past, the Hoover Institution has hosted former World Bank President, Robert Zoellick, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Congressman Michael McCaul, and former Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose, among many others.