Florida taxpayers will spend at least $500 million this year to cover the unfunded pension of government workers. These dollars could have been used to support teachers, build roads, attract industry, reduce taxes and so much more. As the 2013 Legislative Session enters its final stage, the Florida Legislature is grappling with reforming Florida’s [...]
More than 150 business and political leaders are gathering today to secure Florida’s transportation future at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2013 Transportation Summit. In partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, leaders are working to find solutions on transportation issues facing our state – logistics and trade, mobility, moving people and goods, and funding and [...]
National labor unions and other opponents of free enterprise are targeting Florida’s business community through mandated leave proposals. With the backing of big labor, including national groups based out of Washington, D.C., these efforts have already begun in Orange County and in Miami-Dade. The big unions are using these referendums to create local crises to [...]
If you want to know why your paycheck shrunk–ask Congress and President Obama. Many hardworking Floridians are surprised and disappointed to learn that their paychecks are smaller because President Obama and Congress decided to raise their payroll taxes and take more out of their hard-earned pay. Lost in the dramatic debates in Washington on [...]
The growing and unsustainable cost of government is capturing headlines across the globe. For decades, government entitlements such as retirement benefits for government employees have grown far beyond benefits for the private sector. Florida’s pension program is the fourth largest in the nation with $125.6 billion in assets but, until recently, it was the only [...]
As President of the Florida Chamber, I’m often asked why the Florida Chamber cares so much about Florida’s education system. The answer is simple, but not always obvious. Talent is the newest economic development tool and preparing the next generation for the future is an important long-term economic development strategy for all four of Florida’s education zones – Pre-K, K-12, Higher Ed and workforce development.