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Florida’s Economy Wins with Florida Chamber-Backed, Pro-Jobs Policy Passed this Legislative Session

Florida’s Legislative Session by the Numbers:

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 30, 2021)— While other states’ Legislative Sessions were focused on what taxes to raise, what services to cut, or what promises to break to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida’s fiscal responsibility, discipline and smart investments made by previous leaders and continued today allowed Florida’s economy, jobs and population to continue growing.

“We saw an incredibly strong commitment to free enterprise and policies that will continue to spur economic growth during the 2021 Legislative Session,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson. “Florida is stronger when we speak with one unified business voice, and we are grateful for Florida’s leadership and lawmakers who have delivered pro-jobs policy this Legislative Session.”

At the close of the 2021 Legislative Session, Florida’s job-creators are now even better poised to continue growing Florida’s economy and investing in Florida’s future. The top priority of the Florida Chamber, COVID-19 liability protections to protect Florida businesses and healthcare facilities from frivolous lawsuits, was the first bill to be signed by Governor DeSantis in 2021. The Florida Chamber’s second priority shortly followed as the second bill signed—a long-advocated effort to level the playing field between out-of-state online retailers and local, brick-and-mortar businesses. That legislation also prevented a $713M unemployment tax increase on job creators when they could least afford it as they reopen doors and relaunch our economy, and cut the Florida-only sales tax on commercial leases by more than half.

“In a year like no other, the Florida Chamber delivered like no other,” said Charles S. Caulkins, Chair of the Florida Chamber Board of Directors. “As the unifier of Florida’s business community, the Florida Chamber thanks our Board of Directors, our entire membership, the over 100 local Chambers of Commerce, Governor Ron DeSantis, Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls, Florida’s lawmakers and our lobbying and advocacy team who worked in unison to make this a successful Legislative Session.”

Below are a few highlights of the Florida Chamber-championed legislative priorities that passed this session:

The Florida Chamber led the defeat of dozens of anti-employer mandates, proposed tax increases and other anti-business bills that would have worsened Florida’s competitiveness and slowed our economic recovery.

“Florida’s job-creators need to create more than 2 million jobs by 2030, and the actions taken by Governor DeSantis and Florida’s lawmakers this Legislative Session will go a long way in continuing to build momentum to reach this goal,” said David Hart, Florida Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President of Government and Political Relations. “It is encouraging that the Florida Chamber saw passage of numerous priorities drawn from our 2021 Jobs and Competitiveness agenda and we thank Florida’s leadership for one of the best Sessions in recent memory for Florida businesses.”

With 4 million more people planning to call Florida home by 2030, Florida’s legislators rightfully focused on private sector job creation and made significant investments in Florida’s long-term future in the form of targeted funding for Florida’s infrastructure, resiliency, and budget reserves.

As we move forward from a successful Legislative Session, and following news that Florida is gaining an additional Congressional seat, Florida remains the most important state politically and economically in the nation. With the 2022 election on the horizon, we will need to unite as a business community to make sure the right candidates are recruited and elected so that the right outcomes can continue to happen in Florida.

To view the Florida Chamber’s full legislative review of what passed, what was defeated and what remains unfinished business for next year, visit


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