Senator Jeff Brandes talks about the need for economic development investments in airport transportation, high-tech innovations supporting free market technology, and allowing Floridians to use private-sector flood insurance solutions on the latest edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.
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Today, the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee took important steps to secure public pensions and protect taxpayers by passing SB 1114- a bill projected to bring $26 billion in savings to the FRS system over 30 years. Thank you for your calls to your Senators urging them to support pension reform.
In Florida, slightly more than one quarter of high school seniors do not graduate, translating to almost 50,000 students who do not receive a high school diploma each year. Now consider this: 75 percent of state prison inmates are high school dropouts and the economic costs in the areas of wages, taxable income, welfare and incarceration range from $320 – $350 billion every year – a tangible economic drain on businesses and job creators across the United States.
“Florida’s economic turnaround continued in March, with significant growth in private-sector jobs, high job demand, and an increasing employment reflecting renewed confidence among job seekers,” Jesse Panuccio, executive director of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, said in a statement. “These positive trends are the result of sound economic policy in Florida.”
Your voice is needed to help secure public pensions and protect taxpayers from $21.6 billion of debt. Please contact Senators and ask them to vote YES on SB 1114 (more details below). Your emails to Senators are needed before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
When the two of us were graduated from high school, nobody seemed to be worrying about China or Brazil or India competing with us as an economy or in education.
While Washington remains stuck in neutral, Florida continues leading as a national model for economic growth, job creation and academic achievement – the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) said today. This shared message – “Succeed Florida!” – proudly appears on a Tallahassee billboard, and debunks another area billboard message encouraging Florida to secede from the union.
In the weeks before the 2014 Legislative Session began, a billboard encouraging Florida to secede from the union appeared on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, just blocks from the state capitol. In response, the Florida Chamber and ICUF have partnered on the “Succeed Florida!” billboard.
The state of Florida has a unique opportunity to both lower its risk of hurricane taxes and to make it more likely that the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (Cat Fund) will be able to pay its claims in a timely manner.
This week, the Florida Legislature took important steps toward ensuring Florida’s students are able to compete in a 21st century global economy by taking positive action on several Florida Chamber-backed education initiatives.