EFI and VISIT FLORIDA in Funding Jeopardy
Less than two weeks remain to ensure that Enterprise Florida, Inc., and VISIT FLORIDA receive funding, and continue to be the state’s economic development and tourism marketing leaders.
Members of the Florida House and Senate have been named to budget conference committees, and will help hammer out the state’s final budget details.
CLICK HERE to urge lawmakers to fully fund Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA.
Here’s Where Things Stand:
Governor Ron DeSantis recommended funding Enterprise Florida (EFI) at its current level in his Bold Vision for a Brighter Future Budget for FY 2019-2020. Under the current budget proposals, the Florida Senate has recommended fully funding the operating budget for EFI, while the House proposed zero dollars in investment. Learn more about the proven results that EFI has delivered to Floridians by clicking here.
Governor DeSantis also recommended funding VISIT FLORIDA at its current $76 million level as part of his budget. The Florida Senate has recommended $50 million – a $26 million reduction, but has also voted to reauthorize the tourism marketing agency. Meanwhile, the House has recommended only $19 million and wants to permanently sunset the agency on October 1.
“Eliminating VISIT FLORIDA means Florida will lose business, market share and tax dollars to competing destinations. Look no further than Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania to see how their states were impacted when tourism marketing investments were cut.” Debra Harvey, Ron Jon Surf ShopDebra Harvey, Ron Jon Surf Shop
Take Action Today:
Take two minutes…CLICK HERE to send a letter to the members of the House/Senate Budget Conferees to urge them to fully fund EFI and VISIT FLORIDA.