Florida will soon pass New York to become the third largest state in the nation, and six million new residents will call Florida home by 2030. To secure Florida’s future, we must plan smarter for the next six million than we did for the last six million. Smart planning will help ensure Florida has adequate energy, roads and water available for positive economic growth and competitiveness.
What We’re Doing
The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2013 Transportation Summit brought together a host of experts, including Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad and House Speaker Will Weatherford, to create solutions to secure Florida’s transportation future.
Why We’re Doing It
- The average Floridian drives 10,214 annually – 700 miles above the national average.
- Highway spending in Florida is $282 per person – 40th in the nation.
- Nearly 90% of Floridians commuted to work by automobile in 2009.
Simplified Transportation Concurrency Laws
SB 972 (Sen. Hukill); HB 319 (Rep. Ray) – Passed, Signed by Governor on May 30, 2013
Clarifying transportation concurrency laws prevent local government from mandating developers pay more than their fair share of a project‘s transportation costs.
Florida is taking the right steps to ensure adequate resources, as well as important infrastructure, are in place to meet our growing population. This year, just as we’ve seen in previous years, environmental extremists do not share our desire to protect Florida’s precious natural resources. Instead, these extremists would rather turn over the protection of Florida’s vital water bodies to the federal government. That’s a bad idea.
Washington has been stuck in neutral for far too long, yet Florida continues to adopt policies that will help small businesses and families by standing up for free enterprise and growing the private sector.
As our state continues growing, so will eff orts to block Florida from becoming more competitive. Environmental extremists deploy delay tactic after delay tactic to shut down jobs and economic progress. Don’t blink.
Encouraging infrastructure investments to better prepare for Florida’s future growth, and protecting the State Transportation Trust Fund from non-transportation-related projects is a fight that must continue.
- 2013 Legislative Summary (PDF Document)
- One-Pager: Transportation Investments (PDF Document)
- Where We Stand
- How They Voted
- Legislative Report Card
- The Florida Scorecard