Florida took a major step toward becoming more competitive today when Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law eliminating the manufacturing and equipment sales tax.
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New economic data suggests that job seekers may have better luck this year.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds Hertz’s decision today to relocate their corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Ft. Myers, Florida, bringing 700 new jobs to the region.
2013 SESSION SUMMARY: Florida Legislature Takes Steps to Make Florida More Competitive By Passing More Than 25 Florida Chamber-Backed Bills
Leading by example during the 2013 Legislative Session, lawmakers helped make Florida more competitive by passing more than 25 Florida Chamber-backed bills. While Washington remains stuck in neutral, Florida continues to adopt policies that will help small businesses and families by standing up for free enterprise and growing the private sector.
The Florida Legislature passed Florida Chamber-backed legislation today creating a statewide standard of mandatory leave requirements that ensures Florida businesses and their employees, not government bureaucracies, decide the competitive benefits they offer. The last thing Florida’s economy needed was a patchwork of union mandates that would have made Florida much less competitive.
To repair Florida’s broken property insurance system, both chambers of the Florida Legislature today approved a Florida Chamber of Commerce-supported bill which creates a path to return Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to its proper role as the insurer of last resort. For far too long, Florida has been only one costly storm away from financial catastrophe, and homeowners, businesses, charities, churches and automobile policyholders have faced heavy “hurricane tax” assessments.
The Florida Legislature has taken steps to make Florida more competitive by passing Governor Rick Scott’s proposal to eliminate the manufacturing sales tax. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has been a longtime supporter of reducing the manufacturing sales tax and worked closely with our partners at the Manufacturing Association of Florida to support Governor Scott’s proposal.
New Florida Chamber Small Business Index Survey Shows Optimism About The Future Despite Economic Uncertainty
Despite economic uncertainty and concerns about government regulation impacting small business growth, economic optimism is growing among Florida’s small businesses, according to the latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Survey.
To ensure Florida remains a leader in protecting the environment, the Florida Legislature has reached an agreement to approve a Florida Chamber of Commerce supported bill enacting an agreement reached by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to follow Florida’s tough and scientifically-backed water regulations in protecting waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The Florida House voted to support the agreement today while the Florida Senate approved it earlier in the session. The bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott.
With Florida-origin exports producing a record-high $66.4 billion in 2012 and record numbers of international tourists visiting the state last year, the Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Rick Scott for declaring May as Florida World Trade Month.