Florida Chamber Business Agenda
2014 Competitiveness Agenda Focuses on Creating Opportunities for Florida’s Families
Floria Has Potential to Create 198,000 News Jobs in 2014
While Florida is moving in the right direction, too many job killers are artificially holding Florida back from strong private-sector job and economic growth. For example, Florida’s 41st worst ranked legal climate is inhibiting economic expansion. In addition, our state’s pension system is unsustainable, our state remains fiscally unprepared for an expensive hurricane and we remain the only state in America charging a sales tax to small businesses on commercial leases.
Based on input from Florida Chamber members, local chambers of commerce, partner associations, research and unfinished business from 2013, the Florida Chamber’s 2014 Competitiveness Agenda for Jobs is a blueprint of legislative priorities that move Florida toward an innovation-based economy and put long-term economic policy decisions ahead of short-term political fixes.
The Florida Chamber’s agenda for jobs builds on more than 85 pro-jobs initiatives passed and signed into law in the last three years. Despite this achievement, to remain competitive in our changing world, there is much more for the Florida Legislature to do, including:
Lawsuit Abuse Reform
Supporting legal reform to reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits will also keep plaintiff trial lawyer firms from driving up the cost of doing business in Florida and help improve Florida’s 41st worse legal climate ranking. 83 percent of Florida voters believe plaintiff trial lawyers care more about making money than taking care of their clients.
Protecting Public Pensions
Protecting employee pensions without adding further burdens to taxpayers by reforming underfunded government pensions.
Improving Water Resources
Preparing for Florida’s growing population with a sustainable, long-term water policy. Florida needs approximately 28 percent more water by 2020.
Targeted Tax Reform
Providing tax relief to Florida’s families and small businesses by supporting targeted tax reforms in areas such as commercial property lease taxes, communications services taxes and closing the Internet sales tax loophole.
Continued Education Reform
Championing education reforms and accountability standards to ensure a globally competitive talent pipeline.
Strengthening global trade and manufacturing by adopting the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics 2.0 Report recommendations which can create 150,000 new jobs in five years. Supporting initiatives that help Florida’s military and defense industry. Fully supporting Enterprise Florida’s operations and economic development toolkit.
Property Insurance Reform
Reducing the size and exposure of Citizens Insurance, reforming Florida’s Catastrophe Fund, reducing fraudulent claims and allowing for creative solutions for the issues homeowners and businesses face.
Quality of Life
Protecting Florida’s family-friendly quality of life by reaffirming our 20-year opposition to the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling and continuing to push for common ground on health care reform solutions that make Florida more competitive.
A complete listing of the Florida Chamber’s 2014 Competitiveness Agenda, which outlines more than two dozen priorities the Florida Chamber will be tracking and scoring this legislative session, is outlined in Where We Stand.