The Sentinel’s Mark K. Matthews is asking members of Congress from Central Florida to list their district priorities for the 2013-14 session. Here’s the response from U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.
•Solicit federal grants: In his first term, Grayson netted at least $310 million in federal dollars for his district — a sharp increase from his predecessor. He’s looking to at least match that figure this term.
•Improve worker benefits: Grayson has filed legislation to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.50 and wants all workers to get paid vacation days.
•Reduce number of home foreclosures: Grayson wants mandatory mediation for homeowners facing foreclosure while adding special protections for the spouses of slain service members.
•Make commuting cheaper: A longtime foe of high tolls, Grayson plans to examine whether motorists are being overcharged on local expressways.