State Budget News is Good for Environment and Infrastructure

Florida Legislature to Begin State Budget Negotiations

As we enter the final three weeks of the 2020 Legislative Session, lawmakers will soon begin budget negotiations.

The House and Senate have already passed their initial budgets, which provides insight into what the final budget will likely look like.

So far, the news is good for Florida’s infrastructure and environment. That’s especially important considering that 26 million people are expected to call Florida home by 2030, and understanding that long-term, sustainable water and environmental policies will be needed to meet our growing needs.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s budget will likely exceed $10 billion for another fiscal year. Florida is on track for record funding for environmental projects, which are broken out into smaller categories below.

SENATE (SB 2500)HOUSE (HB 5001)
FDOT$10.3 Billion$10.3 Billion
Everglades Restoration$31.9 Million$325 Million
Water Quality Improvements$198 Million$122 Million
Florida Forever$125 Million$23 Million
Springs Restoration$50 Million$50 Million
Broadband in M-CORES$5 Million$5 Million
Affordable Housing$387 Million$144 Million

The Florida Chamber will continue to advance and support long-term investments in Florida’s infrastructure and environment.

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Infrastructure and Tourism Funding Key to Florida’s Competitiveness


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Representative Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) discusses how infrastructure and tourism investments effect Florida’s economic development, on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line public affairs program.

With the third year of funding for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year plan underway, Representative Ingram believes the FDOT and its many projects are running smoothly.

“The plan as of now, at least from the House, is to fund that work program at the full level once again. The FDOT does such a wonderful job. They do a very good job of making sure projects are run well and run on time,” Representative Ingram said.

And when it comes to renewing VISIT FLORIDA’s $76 million budget, Representative Ingram believes it’s a program that benefits Florida.

“We had a report come out and it showed the return on investment that VISIT FLORIDA brings back to the state. Obviously, it is one of the highest returns on investment of any of the economic development programs that we fund,” Representative Ingram said.


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Join Transportation Sec. Mike Dew for a Discussion About the Future of Florida’s Infrastructure

What Does the Future of Florida’s Infrastructure Look Like?

Please join the Florida Chamber of Commerce as we continue the discussion about Florida’s future during our Statewide Board of Governors webinar on Monday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. Joining us for this month’s webinar is:

  • Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Dew, who will share what FDOT is focusing on, the upcoming legislative session and provide his insight on Florida’s continuing preparation with Autonomous Vehicles,
  • Rob Palmer, RS&H, lead researcher on the Infrastructure and Growth Leadership pillar for the Florida 2030 project, who will provide an update on their research, and
  • Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation, who will review the most recent job numbers and provide an update on the state of the economy.

The Florida Chamber is committed to leading the charge to unite Florida’s business community to improve our state’s infrastructure and prepare for future growth. Do not miss this opportunity to LEARN, ENGAGE, and be a part of the SOLUTION. To register today – contact Greg Blose at (850) 521-1243.

The Florida Chamber Foundation has moved into “Phase 2” of Florida 2030, our two-year, $1.5 million research initiative to write Florida’s next strategic plan, and we’re inviting your management team to help us write it. We encourage you to invite members of your management team, Board of Directors, local chambers of commerce and Economic Development Councils who would benefit from this valuable discussion.

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Do you have a question for FDOT Secretary Mike Dew? Email your questions to Greg Blose and we will work them in to our conversation.

FDOT Sec. Boxold Joins Florida Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit

Florida Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold Champions Making Florida Globally Competitive DuringFlorida Chamber Foundation Transportation Summit

Challenges, Opportunities and the Future of Transportation Discussed


TALLAHASSEE, FL. (January 29, 2014) – New Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold today encouraged Florida’s business community to remain focused on Florida’s global competitiveness by  securing Florida’s transportation future during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Transportation Summit.

“The Florida Chamber Foundation’s focus on a long range vision and their commitment to solving transportation issues has been instrumental in keeping Florida globally competitive,” said Florida DOT Secretary Jim Boxold. “While there are certain transportation challenges that Florida will face between now and 20-plus years, there are also great opportunities for improving the lives of Florida’s families and the economic outlook for Florida’s businesses. Whether the need is for roads that ease travel for Floridians or working on infrastructure projects that help build Florida up as a global economy, the discussions we have today matter.”

From airports to seaports, highways to rail lines, Florida’s transportation challenges and opportunities took center stage today as statewide leaders sought solutions that will meet the needs of our state’s 19.9 million (and rising) residents.

Florida recently surpassed New York as the third most populous state in the nation, and between now and 2030, the Chamber Foundation estimates six million more residents will call Florida home. While Florida’s economy is heading in the right direction, a growth in population means some unique challenges for our state- especially in regards to transportation.

“With a growing population, the Florida Chamber Foundation takes discussions on Florida’s Transportation future very seriously,” said Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “By bringing together industry experts with those affected by transportation issues, we can not only plan for the future, but we are able to plan better for the next six million residents.”

To help in this arena, Governor Scott recently announced a historic investment of more than $10 billion for Florida’s transportation systems and infrastructure. FDOT’s five-year plan will invest nearly $41 billion into our state’s transportation system.

During the event, former Florida DOT secretary Ananth Prasad received the Florida Chamber’s Champion for Florida’s Future Award for his work during his time at FDOT.

The Florida Chamber’s Transportation Summit focused on issues that included transportation trends, upcoming changes in transportation corridors, transportation funding, the role of public-private partnerships and the impacts Amendment 1 has on local communities.



The Florida Chamber Foundation is the business-led, solutions development and research organization working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future. The Foundation’s “Six Pillars” serve as a visioning platform for developing the first-ever, long-term strategic plan for the state. The Foundation’s work focuses on: 1) Talent Supply and Education, 2) Innovation and Economic Development, 3) Infrastructure and Growth Leadership, 4) Business Climate and Competitiveness, 5) Civic and Governance Systems, and 6) Quality of Life and Quality Places. Founded in 1968, the Foundation is a crucial voice for improving the state’s pro-business climate to enable Florida to grow and prosper. For more information, visit for more information.