Providing almost 90 percent of Florida exports, growing Florida’s manufacturing industry is essential especially as Florida continues to be a global hub for trade. Florida’s manufacturing industry is ready to take off and help diversify Florida’s economy and create even more private-sector good-paying jobs besides the hundreds of thousands that it already supplies. (more)
Why We’re Doing It
More than 17,500 companies, employing more than 300,000 Floridians provide products, equipment and items we use every day.
Eliminated Manufacturing Sales Tax
HB 7007 (Rep. Trujillo) – Signed by Gov. Scott on May 17, 2013
SB 518 (Sen. Hukill), HB 391 (Rep. Magar)
Making Florida more competitive by removing a burdensome manufacturing and equipment sales tax puts Florida in the driver’s seat to attract investments, increase high-wage jobs and Florida-origin exports.
Expedited Manufacturing Permit Processes
SB 582 (Sen. Galvano), HB 357 (Rep. Boyd) – Passed, Awaiting Governor’s Signature
Reducing the amount of time required to receive site approval for manufacturing plant applications will help ensure job creators are open for business sooner. Under this expedited process, local governments become more attractive for these high-wage businesses.
While there is a lot to celebrate, our work to make Florida more competitive isn’t over. We must be aggressive in our pursuit of opportunities in international trade and economic development to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to our state.
While Florida is poised to take advantage of global economic opportunities, we must work smarter to ensure cargo ships leaving Florida ports are fi lled with products we manufacture. Florida’s opportunity is nothing short of leading by example and paving the way for America. Our competition is no longer Alabama or Georgia or even Mississippi. Our competition is China, India, Korea and so many other nations. Now is the time to seize the goal of doubling Florida-origin exports.
- 2013 Legislative Summary (PDF Document)
- One-Pager: Manufacturing (PDF Document)
- Letter to Governor Scott: Eliminating Manufacturing Equipment Sales Tax to Help Double Florida Exports (PDF Document)
- National Association of Manufacturers: Defense Spending Cuts: The Impact on Economic Activity and Jobs (PDF Document)
- Manufacturing Industry Cluster Fact Sheet (PDF Document)
- Where We Stand
- How They Voted
- Legislative Report Card
- The Florida Scorecard