Florida Chamber of Commerce Shares Concerns Over Passage of America’s first State Constituted $15 Wage Mandate

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Shares Concerns Over Passage of America’s first State Constituted $15 Wage Mandate

Millions of servers, teens and part-time workers will be hit the hardest

 

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (November 3, 2020) – In the wake of the passage of Amendment 2 – a $7 million ballot proposal designed to help drive voter turnout, the Florida Chamber of Commerce lays out concerns for Florida’s future.

With the passage of Amendment 2, Florida is now the only state with a constitutionally-mandated minimum wage. The forced cost of living adjustments mean Florida will have the highest minimum wage in the nation long after 2026. Further, studies show this amendment will cause Florida to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, drive up inflation, and cost Florida more than $700 million in lost revenue.

“Amendment 2 is bad for Florida and even worse for Floridians,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “In these difficult times, this costly amendment hurts the very local businesses trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For the past year, we have unified Florida’s business community in an effort to educate Floridians about the negative consequences of the governed mandate. Now that the Amendment has passed, it is important to highlight these five major concerns as we work to secure Florida’s future.

1. The cost of living on seniors and families will increase;
2. Florida will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs;
3. There will be a rapid expansion of work related automation;
4. Certain businesses will relocate to neighboring states for experienced labor at a more competitive rate and on-the-job training initiatives will decrease; and
5. Certain employees will see a reduction in benefits.

After personal injury trial lawyers spent millions trying to make life more expensive for Floridians and kill opportunities for teens and those in the entry level job market, it is no surprise that Floridians were tricked into believing this Amendment will help our state. The Florida Chamber of Commerce will continue to work towards securing Florida’s future and aggressively oppose mandates that are wrong for Florida. We have nearly 900,000 children in poverty in Florida and thanks to the special interests behind this constitutional scam, hundreds of thousands of them won’t have opportunities they would have had.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Voters Support 97% of Florida Chamber-Backed Legislative Candidates

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Florida Voters Support 97% of Florida Chamber-Backed Legislative Candidates

12 of 12 in the Senate and 74 of 77 in the House — Elected pro-jobs candidates will help secure Florida’s future

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (November 3, 2020) – Continuing a positive track record of helping to elect pro-jobs candidates, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and our members helped deliver election wins for 86 of 89 Chamber-backed candidates. This diverse group of candidates have committed to securing Florida’s future by focusing on free enterprise principles and job creation for local employers and their communities, while working to fix Florida’s broken and unfair lawsuit abuse problem.

“Congratulations to Senate President Designate Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Designate Chris Sprowls and the 97% of Florida Chamber pro-jobs candidates who won their races,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “As we unite business for good, we trust those elected will make great strides in safeguarding the strength of our economy and making Florida’s business climate even more competitive. We are already uniting Florida’s business leaders for the 2022 statewide election as Florida’s future continues to become even more important.”

The Florida Chamber constantly strives to recruit better candidates for the legislature and 2020 was a very successful year for growing our collective effort. Here are a few highlights from this election cycle:

  • This cycle, the Florida Chamber endorsed over 90 legislative candidates, backing their candidacies with financial resources and substantial voter educative efforts.
  • In the past few months, over one-hundred million dollars was spent to win Florida’s legislative races. Campaigns are getting more expensive which is why the Florida Chamber recently launched the Free Enterprise Fund – a member-driven fund to elect pro-jobs candidates for Florida’s future.
  • With 1.56 million more registered voters since the 2016 Presidential election, Florida’s electorate continues to grow and evolve as Florida remains the nation’s most important battleground state.

Ahead of the General Election, the Florida Chamber of Commerce released its 2020 Candidate Election Guide, a guide of the candidates and amendments that support job creation, growing the economy and securing Florida’s future, to serve as a resource to Florida voters.

“A very special thank you to our Florida Chamber members for making the resources available to help Florida move in a pro-jobs direction and we congratulate these candidates for their success; we trust that they will work tirelessly on behalf of all Floridians,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber will continue to unify Florida business for good and we look forward to working with these legislators throughout the coming years.”

The Florida Chamber was proud to stand alongside the following Chamber-backed election winners, putting its near 150 years of combined political experience behind supporting them in the months and sometimes years preceding this election.

Senate Election Endorsements:
District 1: Senator Doug Broxson
District 5: Jennifer Bradley
District 7: Senator Travis Hutson
District 9: Jason Brodeur
District 11: Senator Randolph Bracy
District 17: Senator Debbie Mayfield
District 20: Danny Burgess
District 21: Jim Boyd
District 23: Senator Joe Gruters
District 25: Senator Gayle Harrell
District 27: Ray Rodrigues
District 39: Ana Maria Rodriguez

House Election Endorsements:
District 1: Michelle Salzman
District 2: Representative Robert Alexander “Alex” Andrade
District 3: Representative Jayer Williamson
District 4: Patt Maney
District 6: Representative Jay Trumbull
District 7: Representative Jason Shoaf
District 10: Representative Robert Charles “Chuck” Brannan III
District 11: Representative Cord Byrd
District 12: Representative Clay Yarborough
District 15: Representative Wyman Duggan
District 16: Representative Jason Fischer
District 17: Representative Cyndi Stevenson
District 18: Sam Garrison
District 19: Representative Bobby Payne
District 21: Representative Charles Wesley “Chuck” Clemons, Sr.
District 22: Joe Harding
District 23: Representative Stan McClain
District 24: Representative Paul Renner
District 25: Representative Thomas J. “Tom” Leek
District 26: Representative Elizabeth Anne Fetterhoff
District 27: Webster Barnaby
District 28: Representative David Smith
District 29: Representative Scott Plakon
District 31: Keith Truenow
District 32: Representative Anthony Sabatini
District 33: Representative Brett Thomas Hage
District 34: Representative Ralph E. Massullo, MD
District 35: Representative Blaise Ingoglia
District 36: Representative Amber Mariano
District 37: Representative Ardian Zika
District 38: Representative Randy Maggard
District 39: Representative Josie Tomkow
District 40: Representative Colleen Burton
District 41: Representative Sam H. Killebrew
District 42: Fred Hawkins
District 50: Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia
District 51: Representative Tyler I. Sirois
District 52: Representative Thad Altman
District 53: Representative Randy Fine
District 55: Kaylee Tuck
District 56: Representative Melony M. Bell
District 57: Representative Mike Beltran
District 58: Representative Lawrence McClure
District 60: Representative Jackie Toledo
District 65: Speaker Designate Chris Sprowls
District 66: Representative Nick DiCeglie
District 67: Representative Chris Latvala
District 71: Representative William Cloud “Will” Robinson, Jr.
District 72: Fiona McFarland
District 73: Representative Tommy Gregory
District 74: Representative James Buchanan
District 75: Representative Michael Grant
District 76: Adam Botana
District 77: Mike Giallombardo
District 78: Jenna Persons
District 79: Representative Spencer Roach
District 80: Lauren Melo
District 83: Representative Toby Overdorf
District 84: Dana Trabulsy
District 85: Representative Rick Roth
District 89: Representative Mike Caruso
District 93: Representative Chip LaMarca
District 103: Tom Fabricio
District 105: David Borrero
District 106: Representative Bob Rommel
District 110: Alex Rizo
District 111: Representative Bryan Avila
District 112: Representative Nicholas X. Duran
District 114: Demi Busatta Cabrera
District 115: Representative Vance Arthur Aloupis, Jr.
District 116: Representative Danny Perez
District 118: Representative Anthony Rodriguez
District 119: Representative Juan Alfonso Fernandez-Barquin
District 120: James “Jim” Vernon Mooney Jr.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

New Florida Chamber Political Poll Shows a Divided Electorate

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New Florida Chamber Political Poll Shows a Divided Electorate

However, voters of all parties agree their top concerns are COVID-19, Jobs, and the Economy

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 2, 2020) – With 32 days to go before the 2020 General Election, the latest Florida Chamber statewide political poll shows likely Florida voters are evenly split with 45 percent saying Florida is heading in the right direction and 45 percent saying Florida is on the wrong track. Partisanship is clearly impacting responses with nearly 8 out of 10 Republicans saying Florida is heading in the right direction, while 7 out of 10 Democrats say Florida is on the wrong track. 

 

“The 2020 General Election results will impact Florida’s future as we work to become the 10th most diverse economy in the world by 2030,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Our statewide poll helps give us a look at voters’ alignment to the competitiveness and pro-business agenda supported by the Florida Chamber.”  

 

When asked which issues they would like to see the Governor & Florida Legislature address, unsurprisingly, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic takes the number one spot followed by jobs and the economy, supporting the police, healthcare, and education:

  • COVID-19 Issues     29%
  • Jobs/Economy          15%
  • Support the Police   8%
  • Healthcare                8%
  • Education                  7%

Before COVID-19, Florida was the 17th largest economy in the world (if Florida were a country), we created 1 out of 11 new U.S. jobs since 2015, we were the third largest state in the country and growing by 900 people a day. Since coronavirus, Florida has 546,500 less jobs, we expect a drop of $5.4 billion in tax revenues over the next two fiscal years, and our economy was put into a recession to protect the health of Floridians. So, it’s no doubt why likely voters say jobs and the economy is their number one issue after COVID-19.

 

Further, the race for the White House leads directly through Florida. Florida voters have selected the winner in 11 out of the last 12 presidential elections. Florida is the largest swing state by population and both Democrats and Republicans will be fighting hard over the next 32 days for its 29 electoral votes. When asked if the election were held today, for whom would you vote, former Vice President Joe Biden leads by 5 percent over President Donald Trump.

 

In the November General Election, Florida will decide on six constitutional amendments. Amendment 2, the nation’s first $15 state minimum wage mandate is receiving 66 percent support based on the amendment’s title. However, once voters are informed the amendment would raise prices for seniors on a fixed income, eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, force business to move to neighboring states for experienced labor at a more competitive rate, and cost taxpayers more than $700 million in lost revenue, the support for Amendment 2 drops to only 39 percent. The Florida Chamber opposes this amendment.  

 

Amendment 3, the “All Voters Vote” amendment, would move Florida to a jungle primary, similar to California, where all candidates for Governor and State Legislature would be on the ballot at the same time and the top two candidates move onto the General Election. Amendment 3 is supported by 61 percent of voters, hovering just over the 60 percent threshold for passage. The Florida Chamber opposes this amendment.  

 

Amendment 4, “Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments” measure would require proposed amendments to the constitution be approved by voters in two consecutive elections, is supported by 61 percent of voters, barely enough for passage. The Florida Chamber supports this amendment.  

 

Additional findings from the Florida Chamber’s latest statewide poll shows:

 

Do you approve or disapprove of the movement to defund the police?

20% approve

72% disapprove

 

How do you plan to vote in the 2020 General Election?

28% Election Day
33% Early
33% By Mail

 

 

Florida Hits 14 Million Registered Voters: When it comes to voter registration, the latest data shows Florida has crossed the 14 million voter point, gaining more than 1.5 million new voters from the same point four years ago. Since 2016, state voter registration data shows that Republicans have narrowed the registration gap by 90,813 voters and NPA/other registration has increased by 554,795 voters.

 

Florida’s Vote-by-Mail System: Vote-by-Mail statistics show more Florida voters than ever before are choosing to request VBM ballots rather than voting early or on Election Day. For the first time in Florida history, a majority of ballots were cast by mail in the Primary Election. More than 5.3 million Floridians have requested a VBM ballot and 341,877 votes have already been cast.

 

Democratic – 184,552 (53.98%)

Republican – 93,212 (27.26%)

NPA/Other – 64,113 (18.75%)

Total Votes Cast – 341,877

 

Polling Methodology: The Florida Chamber of Commerce political poll was conducted on September 23-29, 2020 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The sample size included 247 Democrats, 242 Republicans and 115 Others for a total of 604 likely voters statewide.

 

Florida Chamber Political Institute: This election, FCPI interviewed 91 candidates for the state legislature, conducting over 45 hours of interviews virtually.

 

Florida Institute for Political Leadership: So far in 2020, FIPL has conducted 6 virtual trainings, educating over 220 individuals, to help recruit and train better candidates across the State of Florida.

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Opposes Placing America’s First Statewide $15 Minimum Wage Mandate in Florida’s Constitution

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Opposes Placing America’s First Statewide $15 Minimum Wage Mandate in Florida’s Constitution

The Amendment 2 mandate would hurt seniors, part time workers, local businesses and young adults in poverty who need training jobs

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL (September 15, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to unify Florida’s business community and is helping to raise awareness to the negative impacts of Amendment 2 – constitutionally mandating America’s first $15 statewide minimum wage.

If Amendment 2 passes, Florida will be the only state in America with a constitutionally-mandated $15 minimum wage, raising minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2021, and increasing by a dollar each year until it reaches $15 in 2026. After that, future minimum wage increases would be adjusted annually for inflation, eventually reaching $20, $25 and higher with no cap, regardless of a small employer’s ability to pay. Amendment 2 hurts the very people the special interests behind this amendment claims it helps. The forced cost of living adjustments mean Florida likely will have the highest minimum wage in the nation long after 2026. Further, we know this amendment will cause Florida to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, drive up inflation, and cost Florida taxpayers more than $700 million in lost revenue.

“Amendment 2 is bad for Florida and worse for Floridians. Equity gaps already exist in America, and in Florida. Amendment 2 would only serve to create larger gaps for entry level employees, many of whom are minorities, seniors, young adults and re-entry workers,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “In these difficult times, we must work to secure Florida’s future and defeat this costly amendment which would create job loss, hurt local businesses, increase the cost of living for seniors, and drive good jobs elsewhere or even to automation.”

With millions of dollars being spent by personal injury trial lawyers to influence Floridians’ vote on Amendment 2, Floridians should be aware and focus on economic growth opportunities that move Florida forward.  We all want Floridians to have access to $50,000 careers, but this is not the pathway to success. For over a year, the Florida Chamber has been informing our members of this dangerous amendment, including through our website with facts, shareable graphics, and a social media toolkit as well as a digital ad highlighting its opposition to this costly and devastating amendment. The website and digital ad can be viewed here.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Releases 2020 General Election Voter Guide to Securing Florida’s Future

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Releases 2020 General Election Voter Guide to Securing Florida’s Future

A Nonpartisan Guide to the Candidates and Amendments on the November 3rd Ballot

TALLAHASSEE, FL (September 3, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to be the unifying voice for business in Florida politics and following a successful Primary Election for Florida’s business community, the Florida Chamber has released its 2020 General Election Voter Guide with endorsements for the State Senate, State House, and select Constitutional Amendments across Florida.

The Florida Chamber fights to secure Florida’s future by focusing on free enterprise principles and job creation for local businesses, while working to fix Florida’s broken and unfair legal system. With no official state election guide, the Florida Chamber provides one free of charge to keep voters who care about jobs and the economy informed. We intend for this voter guide to provide Floridians with the information they need before heading to the polls on November 3rd.

“The Florida Chamber goes to great lengths interviewing candidates to ensure they will advance commonsense, pro-business efforts to further economic opportunity for everyone,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We have a long-standing focus of uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive and we’re glad to share this guide with fellow Floridians.”

General Election vote-by-mail ballots are being distributed in a few short weeks, and voters are gathering information and making decisions on candidates and amendments. To date, 4,270,781 Floridians have requested a vote-by-mail ballot, a 27.5% increase from 2016 total requests.

“With campaigns across the state and numerous candidates up for election, it can be hard to cut through the noise and learn the facts about which candidate is right for local businesses and job growth,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Our General Election Voter Guide helps simplify the process by making it clear who stands with economic growth and has earned the trust of the Florida Chamber as we continue to move Florida forward.”

With hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to influence your vote in Florida, Floridians deserve a nonpartisan look at moving Florida forward. The Florida Chamber’s virtual guide, which will be shared by employers across Florida, may be viewed here.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Makes Twelve More Endorsements in House Districts 1, 4, 22, 27, 47, 55, 72, 96, 105, 110, 114, 120

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Makes Twelve More Endorsements in House Districts 1, 4, 22, 27, 47, 55, 72, 96, 105, 110, 114, 120

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 27, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce is continuing to unite Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed Michelle Salzman, Patt Maney, Joe Harding, Webster Barnaby, Jeremy Sisson, Kaylee Tuck, Fiona McFarland, Christine Hunschofsky, David Borrero, Alex Rizo, Demi Busatta Cabrera, and James “Jim” Vernon Mooney Jr. in their respective campaigns for the Florida House.

The Florida Chamber interviewed candidates in legislative battles all over Florida and this bipartisan list of candidates have committed to helping us secure Florida’s future by focusing on free enterprise principles and job creation for local businesses, while working to fix Florida’s broken and unfair legal system.

“These candidates support priorities and policies where local businesses can thrive as Florida continues to lead as the best state in the nation for jobs and smart growth,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Through these difficult times, we will continue our work to secure Florida’s future by supporting candidates that are pro-business, pro-jobs and will safeguard the strength of our economy.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these common-sense safe harbors for job creators.

“These strong candidates will work tirelessly to create jobs and move Florida in the right direction,” said Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to stand with them and we look forward to working with them in the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber stands alongside the following candidates, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them elected.

District 1: Michelle Salzman
District 4: Patt Maney
District 22: Joe Harding
District 27: Webster Barnaby
District 47: Jeremy Sisson
District 55: Kaylee Tuck
District 72: Fiona McFarland
District 96: Christine Hunschofsky
District 105: David Borrero
District 110: Alex Rizo
District 114: Demi Busatta Cabrera
District 120: James “Jim” Vernon Mooney Jr.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jason Brodeur in Senate District 9 Race

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jason Brodeur in Senate District 9 Race

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 24, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and today endorsed Jason Brodeur in the Senate District 9 race to replace term-limited Senator David Simmons.

As a local Chamber President/CEO, Jason Brodeur has a strong track record of reforming our broken legal system, while also fighting back against job-killing regulations, earning a lifetime score of 94 percent “A” on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

 “Jason Brodeur has been a relentless champion for local businesses, earning two Distinguished Advocate awards during his time in the Florida House,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Jason’s leadership and vision will continue serving Florida well, ensuring we remain competitive and focused on economic growth.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators. Jason Brodeur is the only candidate for Senate District 9 who has exhibited the leadership necessary to advance these types of commonsense, pro-business efforts.

“During his time in the House, Jason has consistently fought to find long-term solutions to help create jobs and diversify Florida’s economy,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with him in the Florida Senate.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to support Jason Brodeur, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting him elected.

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Now, more than ever, we need to keep our focus on building and maintaining a vibrant economy. Protecting Florida’s low tax climate, promoting investments in education and infrastructure and ensuring that we work closely with our small businesses are all critical factors to helping get Floridians back to work. I look forward to working with the Chamber as a member of the Florida Senate,” said Jason Brodeur.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jennifer Bradley in Senate District 5 Race

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jennifer Bradley in Senate District 5 Race

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 21, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and today endorsed Jennifer Bradley in the Senate District 5 race to replace term-limited Senator Rob Bradley.

As a small-business owner, Jennifer Bradley understands the importance of maintaining a competitive Florida and fighting back against job-killing regulations.

“Jennifer is committed to Florida’s future and will work tirelessly to create jobs and move Florida in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “She is the type of leader that has a firm commitment of driving sound policy and will help continue efforts to relaunch Florida.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators. Jennifer Bradley is the only candidate for Senate District 5 who has exhibited the leadership necessary to advance these types of commonsense, pro-business efforts.

“We trust that Jennifer will serve as a champion of free enterprise during her time in the Senate and work to fix Florida’s broken and unfair legal system,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Her steadfast leadership in the community has proven that her voice is needed in Tallahassee and we look forward to working with her in the Florida Senate.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to support Jennifer Bradley, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting her elected. “It’s an honor to be endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with them to strengthen our business community, grow our economy and ensure that Florida’s business climate continues to be the envy of the nation,” said Jennifer Bradley. 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Six Senate Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Six Senate Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 20, 2020) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed a bipartisan list of six Senate incumbents running for reelection this year.

These Senate champions have a strong track record of securing Florida’s future by increasing access to healthcare, and working to fix our broken legal system, while fighting back against job-killing regulations. These endorsements are based, in large part, on Senator’s grades earned on The Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card.

“The Florida Chamber has a long-standing reputation of endorsing incumbent candidates who continue to drive sound policy for Florida business that makes Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having Senators that will make Florida’s future a priority, focusing on job creation and further economic opportunity for everyone. We trust these Senators to continue doing just that.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators.

“These Senators have a proven track record of leadership necessary to continuously advance commonsense, pro-business efforts,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Their tireless and steadfast commitment to free enterprise principles make us proud to endorse their reelection campaigns.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to stand alongside the following Senators, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them reelected.

District 1: Senator Doug Broxson
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the leaders of the business community at the Florida Chamber of Commerce. They have been trusted and unrelenting partners of mine as we have worked together to create the competitive business climate necessary for job growth and economic opportunity across our state.”

District 7: Senator Travis Hutson
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by The Florida Chamber. Working with the Chamber we are able to create economic opportunities for Florida businesses to thrive. By limiting government overreach and focusing fiscal responsibility, Florida continues to be a destination for businesses. I look forward to working with the Chamber as we seek business-friendly solutions to rebuild our economy in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.”

District 11: Senator Randolph Bracy
“Florida’s has the 17th largest economy in the world, which is linked to the Florida Chamber’s role in job creation, business development, and attraction of new industries. I look forward to working with the Chamber to build back our economy from the pandemic. Thank you for your endorsement.”

District 17: Senator Debbie Mayfield
“Small business is the cornerstone of our economy and the engine that powers job creation in Florida. I’m proud to partner with The Florida Chamber of Commerce to promote good public policy that reduces regulations, keeps taxes low and ends frivolous lawsuits so businesses in Florida can thrive and people can get back to work.”

District 23: Senator Joe Gruters
“Now more than ever we need to help our small businesses rebound and recover from the pandemic. I am honored to be endorsed by an organization that shares similar values as we work to reignite Florida’s economy and create good-paying jobs for Floridians across the Sunshine State.”

District 25: Senator Gayle Harrell
“Standing side by side with the Florida business community to help businesses of all sizes recover from the economic ravages of the pandemic is more important now, than ever. I thank the Florida Chamber for their endorsement and representing the business community to making sure we keep Florida’s economy open and safely get people back to work.” 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorsed Primary Candidates Win in 21 of 23 Races

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorsed Primary Candidates Win in 21 of 23 Races
2 of 2 Senate, 19 of 21 in House

TALLAHASSEE, FL (August 18, 2020) After reviewing 151 candidates vying for Primary election wins across the state, the Florida Chamber of Commerce made 23 endorsements, helping to deliver primary victories for 21 of 23 endorsed candidates today. This diverse group of Florida Chamber-backed candidates have committed to securing Florida’s future by focusing on free enterprise principles and job creation for local businesses, while working to fix Florida’s broken and unfair legal system.

“The Florida Chamber has a long-standing reputation of endorsing incumbents and candidates who unite Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to have successfully endorsed these leaders who will advance commonsense, pro-business efforts to further economic opportunity for all Floridians.”

In the coming days, the Florida Chamber of Commerce will be releasing its 2020 Candidate Election Guide for Chamber members to share with their employees.  

“These incumbents and candidates are staunch advocates for Florida business and are committed to helping build a stable and predictable business climate,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We’re proud to stand by their side in the race to November as they continue to champion innovative solutions to move Florida forward.”

The Florida Chamber stands alongside the following primary winners, and is putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them elected in the General Election.

Senate Primary Election Winners:
District 21: Jim Boyd
District 27: Ray Rodrigues

House Primary Election Winners:
District 2: Representative Robert Alexander “Alex” Andrade
District 6: Representative Jay Trumbull
District 12: Representative Clay Yarborough
District 29: Representative Scott Plakon
District 31: Keith Truenow
District 42: Fred Hawkins
District 43: Kristen Arrington
District 44: Bruno Portigliatti
District 52: Representative Thad Altman
District 53: Representative Randy Fine
District 76: Adam Botana
District 77: Mike Giallombardo
District 78: Jenna Persons
District 79: Representative Spencer Roach
District 80: Lauren Melo
District 84: Dana Trabulsy
District 103: Tom Fabricio
District 107: Christopher Benjamin
District 116: Representative Danny Perez

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Makes Fourteen More Endorsements in House Districts 18, 30, 31, 42, 43, 44, 48, 76, 77, 78, 80, 84, 103, and 107

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Makes Fourteen More Endorsements in House Districts 18, 30, 31, 42, 43, 44, 48, 76, 77, 78, 80, 84, 103, and 107

TALLAHASSEE, FL (Updated August 14, 2020) The Florida Chamber of Commerce is continuing to unite Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed Sam Garrison, former Rep. Bob Cortes, Keith Truenow, Fred Hawkins, Kristen Arrington, Bruno Portigliatti, Julio Rocha, Adam Botana, Mike Giallombardo, Jenna Persons, Lauren Melo, Dana Trabulsy, Tom Fabricio, and Christopher Benjamin in their respective campaigns for the Florida House.

The Florida Chamber interviewed candidates in legislative battles all over Florida and these bipartisan candidates have committed to securing Florida’s future by focusing on free enterprise principles and job creation for local businesses, while working to fix Florida’s broken and unfair legal system.

“The Florida Chamber works to ensure Florida maintains a pro-business, pro-jobs climate, safeguarding the strength of our economy,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We trust these candidates will support priorities and policies where local business owners can thrive as Florida continues to lead as the best state in the nation for jobs and smart growth.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators.

“These strong candidates will work tirelessly to create jobs and move Florida in the right direction,” said Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber is proud to stand with them and we look forward to working with them in the Florida House.”

The Florida Chamber stands alongside the following candidates, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them elected.

District 18: Sam Garrison
“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Strengthening our state’s economy and getting Floridians back to work safely is my top priority. I’m grateful for their partnership and support!”

District 30: Former Rep. Bob Cortes
“I’m honored to receive the backing of the Florida Chamber and look forward to championing policies that will help our economy rebuild.”

District 31: Keith Truenow
“I am humbled by the support of the Florida business community and its chamber of commerce.  I will always work to support Florida’s businesses both big and small especially in the aftermath of COVID-19.”

District 42: Fred Hawkins
“I’m proud to stand with Florida’s business leaders big and small as we face the enormous task of economic recovery following the Pandemic. My focus, like the Florida Chamber’s, has always been to get people back to work and get Florida’s economy working again.”

District 43: Kristen Arrington
“I am honored to receive the Florida Chamber’s support on behalf of businesses across the state. This is one more indication that my vision of a strong transportation and education system is critical to the future of Osceola County.”

District 44: Bruno Portigliatti
“I’m honored to be endorsed by the Florida Chamber and look forward to standing with them to advance Florida’s position as a global leader in commerce and continue to fight for free enterprise. As someone who understands the challenges that come with owning and operating businesses, I pledge to be a zealous advocate for our business community and to provide economic opportunities for all Floridians.”

District 48: Julio Rocha
“The way for Florida to come out of the economic crisis created by COVID-19 is by job creation. Businesses across the state are hurting financially and we need to provide the economic incentives and economic stimulus to create jobs, decrease unemployment and get the Florida economy back on track. The endorsement of the Florida Chamber will help me achieve that goal.”

District 76: Adam Botana
“As a small businessman, I’m proud to have the support of the Florida Chamber and the thousands of job creators they represent. It is critical right now that we support our business and get our economy back up and running in a safe and responsible manner.”

District 77: Mike Giallombardo
“The biggest challenge Florida faces is rebuilding our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an honor to know I have earned the trust and support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the business community they represent. I look forward to working closely with Florida’s business leaders to get Floridians working again and our economy back on track.” 

District 78: Jenna Persons
“As a small business owner I’m proud to have the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and look forward to advocating for Florida’s job creators in the State House.”

District 80: Lauren Melo
“I am grateful for the support of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. As a longtime small business owner myself, I know how important it is to get our economy back up and running. When elected to the House of Representatives I will work with Governor DeSantis and the business community to help restart our economy.”

District 84: Dana Trabulsy
“As a local small businesswoman, I know the great work our Chambers of Commerce do in promoting local businesses, advocating for commonsense, pro-business public policy, and helping Florida job creators grow their businesses and employ Floridians. I am honored to have the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, whose members help support our state’s economy and make Florida the best place in the world to do business.”

District 103: Tom Fabricio
“The Florida Chamber of Commerce has always been essential in keeping Florida’s economy strong. They understand the impact the business climate has on families and communities, and it’s a true honor to have their support. I look forward to working with them to ensure that our state remains a place where, employers and employees alike are able to pursue the American Dream.”

District 107: Christopher Benjamin
“I am honored to be endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Now more than ever; due to COVID-19 we see small businesses shutting their doors and letting go workers. So it is extremely important to support job creators as we work to create more jobs and get Florida’s economy moving in the right direction again.”



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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses 57 House Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses 57 House Incumbents Campaigning for Reelection

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 23, 2020) The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community to help make Florida more competitive, and today endorsed a bipartisan list of over fifty House incumbents running for reelection this year.

These House champions have a strong track record of securing Florida’s future by increasing access to healthcare, and working to fix our broken legal system, while fighting back against job-killing regulations. These endorsements are based, in large part, on Legislator’s grades earned on The Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Card.

“The Florida Chamber has a long-standing reputation of endorsing incumbent candidates who continue to drive sound policy for Florida business that make Florida more competitive,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We trust these incumbent legislators to make Florida’s future a priority, focusing on job creation and further economic opportunity for everyone.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators.

“These legislators have exhibited the leadership necessary to continuously advance commonsense, pro-business efforts,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Their steady commitment to free enterprise principles make us proud to endorse their reelection campaigns.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to stand alongside the following legislators, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting them reelected.

District 2: Representative Robert Alexander “Alex” Andrade
District 3: Representative Jayer Williamson
District 6: Representative Jay Trumbull
District 7: Representative Jason Shoaf
District 10: Representative Robert Charles “Chuck” Brannan III
District 11: Representative Cord Byrd
District 12: Representative Clay Yarborough
District 14: Representative Kimberly Daniels
District 15: Representative Wyman Duggan
District 16: Representative Jason Fischer
District 17: Representative Cyndi Stevenson
District 19: Representative Bobby Payne
District 21: Representative Charles Wesley “Chuck” Clemons, Sr.
District 23: Representative Stan McClain
District 24: Representative Paul Renner
District 25: Representative Thomas J. “Tom” Leek
District 26: Representative Elizabeth Anne Fetterhoff
District 28: Representative David Smith
District 29: Representative Scott Plakon
District 32: Representative Anthony Sabatini
District 33: Representative Brett Thomas Hage
District 34: Representative Ralph E. Massullo, MD
District 35: Representative Blaise Ingoglia
District 36: Representative Amber Mariano
District 37: Representative Ardian Zika
District 38: Representative Randall Scott “Randy” Maggard
District 39: Representative Josie Tomkow
District 40: Representative Colleen Burton
District 41: Representative Sam H. Killebrew
District 50: Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia
District 51: Representative Tyler I. Sirois
District 52: Representative Thad Altman
District 53: Representative Randy Fine
District 56: Representative Melony M. Bell
District 57: Representative Mike Beltran
District 58: Representative Lawrence McClure
District 60: Representative Jackie Toledo
District 64: Representative James “J.W.” Grant
District 65: Speaker Designate Chris Sprowls
District 66: Representative Nick DiCeglie
District 67: Representative Chris Latvala
District 71: Representative William Cloud “Will” Robinson, Jr.
District 73: Representative Tommy Gregory
District 74: Representative James Buchanan
District 75: Representative Michael Grant
District 79: Representative Spencer Roach
District 83: Representative Tobin Rogers “Toby” Overdorf
District 85: Representative Rick Roth
District 89: Representative Michael A. “Mike” Caruso
District 93: Representative Chip LaMarca
District 106: Representative Bob Rommel
District 111: Representative Bryan Avila
District 112: Representative Nicholas X. Duran
District 115: Representative Vance Arthur Aloupis, Jr.
District 116: Representative Danny Perez
District 118: Representative Anthony Rodriguez
District 119: Representative Juan Alfonso Fernandez-Barquin

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Danny Burgess in Senate District 20 Race

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Danny Burgess
In Senate District 20 Race

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 21, 2020)The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and today endorsed Danny Burgess in the Senate District 20 race to replace retiring Senator Tom Lee.
As a proud veteran and former Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, Danny Burgess has a strong track record of reforming our broken legal system, while also fighting back against job-killing regulations.

“Danny Burgess led the charge for local businesses on fixing Florida’s workers’ compensation problems, earning a Distinguished Advocate recognition for his leadership during his time in the Florida House,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “I know he will bring this same dedication to driving sound policy for Florida’s job creators during his time in the Senate – the bottom line is all of Florida needs Danny Burgess in the Florida Senate.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators. Danny Burgess is the only candidate for Senate District 20 who has exhibited the leadership necessary to advance these types of commonsense, pro-business efforts.
“During his time in the House, Danny has been a strong advocate for Florida’s families and businesses,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “He has a firm commitment to free enterprise principles and we look forward to working with him in the Florida Senate.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to support Danny Burgess, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting him elected.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, a strong voice of Florida’s business community. As our State continues to fight against COVID-19 and rebuild our economy, it will be Florida’s businesses that lead the way to helping restore our state’s economic prosperity. I look forward to working with the Chamber on legislation to help our businesses during these difficult and unprecedented times,” said Danny Burgess.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jim Boyd in Senate District 21 Race

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jim Boyd
In Senate District 21 Race

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 21, 2020)The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and today endorsed Jim Boyd in the Senate District 21 race to replace term-limited Senator Bill Galvano.

As a small business owner, Jim Boyd has a strong track record of reforming our broken legal system, while also fighting back against job-killing regulations, earning a lifetime score of 95 percent “A” on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card.

“Jim Boyd has been a relentless champion for local businesses, earning three Distinguished Advocate awards during his time in the Florida House,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Jim Boyd’s leadership and vision will continue serving Florida well, driving sound business policy while making Florida more competitive.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators. Jim Boyd is the only candidate for Senate District 21 who has exhibited the leadership necessary to advance these types of commonsense, pro-business efforts.

“During his time in the House, Jim has consistently fought to lower taxes and support economic development efforts that help create jobs and diversify Florida’s economy,” added David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with him in the Florida Senate.”

The Florida Chamber is proud to support Jim Boyd, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting him elected.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of The Florida Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to support Florida Businesses. As a business owner, I understand the important work that this organization does to support economic development and generate job opportunities in our great state. When elected I look forward to continuing the work to ensure that Florida is a preeminent state for commerce and business alike,” said Jim Boyd.

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Ana Maria Rodriguez in Senate District 39 Race

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Endorses Ana Maria Rodriguez In Senate District 39 Race

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 14, 2020)The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting Florida’s business community for good, and today endorsed Ana Maria Rodriguez in the Senate District 39 race to replace term-limited Senator Anitere Flores.

Ana Maria Rodriguez has a solid track record of supporting lawsuit abuse reforms, while also fighting back against job-killing regulations, and has earned a 97 percent “A” on the Florida Chamber’s 2020 Legislative Report Card.
“Rep. Rodriguez has been an advocate for Florida business and is committed to Florida’s free enterprise principles,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce. “She is the type of leader who will help relaunch Florida and continue a prosperous trajectory for our state.”

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll of likely Florida voters shows that 71 percent support COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are working hard to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, and they believe the Florida Legislature should pass legislation to provide these safe harbors for job creators.

“Rodriguez is the only candidate for Senate District 39 who has exhibited the leadership necessary to advance these types of commonsense, pro-business efforts,” added Nick Catroppo, Vice President of Political Operations, Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber is proud to support Ana Maria Rodriguez, putting its full 100-plus years of combined political experience behind getting her elected.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. As a leading advocate for Florida businesses, their voice helps maintain legislative focus on creating policy that supports economic growth and a strong job market,” said Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez. “They will be especially helpful as we look to assist our businesses and workers rebound from economic turmoil created by COVID-19. I am grateful for their support and look forward to continuing our partnership to ensure that Florida is the best state to live in, run a business, work, and retire.”

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.