Investing in Water Quality Essential for Protecting Florida’s Environment, Representative Bobby Payne Says on Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (March 5, 2020) – With 4.5 million more Floridians expected to call Florida home between now and 2030, long-term investments in water will be essential, Representative Bobby Payne says on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line.

HB 1330, sponsored by Representative Bobby Payne, is specifically designed to protect the health of Florida’s water systems by collecting improved data, increasing inspections and investing in septic to sewer conversations.

“I would say it’s a comprehensive package that really looks at how we’re going to address nutrient loading coming from our water bodies,” Representative Payne said. “Those loadings are coming from on-site sewage treatment systems, sanitary sewer overflows, domestic wastewater overflows, some agricultural BNPs that we need to tighten up and get some better records on. Let’s face it, we know we’re at a point, and the Governor pointed it out, if we don’t do some things now, we’ll continue to have problems in the future.”

Representative Payne also discusses the importance of not allowing the “Rights of Nature” to have legal standing.

“This bill prohibits local communities, local municipalities, or districts from granting rights to trees or water bodies,” Representative Payne said. “Rights are granted to humans. Rights are of humans, they’re not of those things in nature.”

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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.

Governor DeSantis’s Legislative Affairs Director Stephanie Kopelousos Shares Insights on EFI, Legal Reform & VISIT FLORIDA on the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line

TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 12, 2020) – When Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his 2020 legislative priorities during his annual State of the State speech just five weeks ago, he encouraged lawmakers to continue improving on Florida’s bottom-five legal environment by passing meaningful lawsuit abuse reforms.

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Stephanie Kopelousos, Legislative Affairs Director for Governor Ron DeSantis explains why it’s important to improve on Florida’s bottom-five legal climate.

“I think you see legislation this session that are going through that I think will make a difference. But the Governor’s made it a clear priority, just look at how many judicial appointments he’s made in really trying to get us from the bottom – we are at the bottom – in making that climate better for Floridians,” Kopelousos says.

Additionally, with a budget battle brewing between the House and Senate, Kopelousos explains why it’s important for the legislature to invest, as Governor DeSantis has recommended, in Florida’s tourism marketing and economic development programs by funding VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

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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 Bottom Line: FAIA Talks Alternative Investments

In the latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Bottom Line, we sat down with Michael Corcelli, Founder and Chairman of the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FAIA) to discuss FAIA’s role in Florida’s economic development.

“We have an economic development model that we’ve build that has six different channels inside of the mission and vision,” said Corcelli. “We bring industry education to our members we brand Florida a s a leading center of alternative investment by doing trip around the country and Latin America.”

Interested in Florida Trade and Investment?

The Florida Chamber’s 2019 Florida International Trade and Investment Conference is the only statewide inbound mission program dedicated to promoting Florida as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and developing business to business relationships to grow two-way trade. Register today an join us in Miami, May 30, 2019.

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Senator Bill Montford Discusses Hurricane Michael’s Lasting Impacts

In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, Senator Bill Montford (SD 3) discusses the lasting effects of Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle and the role of government in helping the residents and businesses impacted by this natural disaster.

“There has been no disaster like this in the history of the United States that people have had to wait 191 days before there was a response from the federal government,” said Senator Montford. “We need to demand that Washington do their job to get the relief these people deserve.”

Be Prepared for Any Storm

We are just two months away from the start of hurricane season. Learn how you can get prepared and find all the resources you need before, during and after a storm by visiting www.FloridaChamber.com/Hurricane.

Lawmakers Take Steps to Lower the Cost of Doing Business in Florida

On April 16, two Florida Chamber-backed targeted tax reform bills passed through the House and Senate— HB 7123 and SB 1112. Carolyn Johnson, Director of Business, Economic Development and Innovation Policy provides us with an update on the two tax packages and what they mean for Florida’s job creators.

HB 7123 will now move to the House floor, while SB 1112 has one more committee stop before moving to the floor.

Thank you to bill sponsors Representative Bryan Avila and Senator Joe Gruters for continuing to take the necessary steps to lower the cost of doing business.

We will keep you up-to-date as these bills move forward.

Get Involved

1. ICYMI from Florida Politics: Senate bill to make internet marketplaces all pay sales taxes passes panel.

2. Sign the petition today to create a more competitive and equitable tax system in Florida.

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: NCCI Is Leading the Way in Florida Worker’s Compensation Marketplace


In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, Dawn Ingham, State Relations Executive for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) discusses NCCI’s role in Florida’s workers’ compensation marketplace and the trends affecting this system.

“We’re seeing some positive trends affecting Florida’ workers compensation marketplace. Employment growth and wage growth here in Florida are higher than the national average,” Ingham said.

Making Florida More Competitive

Join business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and community leaders for the Florida Chamber’s Insurance Summit, and hear from and network with industry leaders on the important issues facing insurers, business leaders and consumers. Click here to be the first to know when registration opens.

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Rep. MaryLynn Magar Discusses Lowering the Cost of Healthcare

 

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Representative MaryLynn Magar Talks Healthcare Affordability

The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line features Representative MaryLynn Magar, Chair of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Speaker Pro Tempore, discussing her priorities relating to Florida’s large health care industry.

“As always, my focus has been to make sure there is funding for our children, the disabled who through no fault of their own are in situations, and the elderly,” said Magar. “To make sure that we have a good amount for them to live comfortably and well.”

Join the Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Partnership

A value-based healthcare system focused on outcomes is a vital component in the overall economic health of Florida. Be a part of the solution and join in the pursuit to implement innovative policies that accentuate Florida’s free-market environment and improve access to care by joining the Florida Chamber Healthcare Partnership. Contact Matthew Choy at mchoy@flchamber.com to learn how you can get involved.

April 9, 2019

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Enterprise Florida is Essential For Florida’s Economic Development

In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with Jamal Sowell, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc. to discuss the work Enterprise Florida has done to diversify Florida’s economy as well as the impact defunding the program could have on Florida’s future economic development.

“Enterprise Florida works specifically with the local Economic Development Corporations and because of that the return on investment has been amazing,” said Sowell. “There has been over $17 billion in capital investment, over 200,000 jobs made, and 1,000 economic development projects that have come from that.”

Drastically reducing or worse, eliminating Florida’s targeted and proven economic development programs will not provide the momentum Florida must have in order to keep our state’s amazing job creation success going.

Take Action

Under the current budget proposals, the Florida Senate has recommended fully funding EFI’s operations budget, while the House proposed zero dollars in investment. This week, legislators are positioned to begin conferencing on their respective budgets. Please take two minutes to contact your Representative and your Senators to encourage them to fully fund Enterprise Florida.

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: UWF Is Leading the Way in Workforce Development

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  • In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with Dr. Pam Northrup, Vice President of Research and Strategic Innovation at the University of West Florida to discuss UWF’s workforce development initiatives, including their role in the Complete Florida program.

    “Complete Florida is an initiative that is designed for adults that have some college and no degree in Florida,” said Dr. Northrup. “Currently there are 2.2 million adults in the state of Florida that fit into this category.”

    Is Florida’s Workforce Ready?

    Join business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and community leaders for the Learners to Earners Workforce Summit, where you’ll be able to hear from and network with industry leaders looking for talent and those tasked with ensuring Florida’s students are ready for the future of work.

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: FSU’s College of Law Is Helping Boost Florida’s Workforce

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  • In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with Erin O’Hara O’Connor, Dean of Florida State University’s College of Law, to discuss workforce development and the new innovative programs FSU’s College of Law is offering to boost workplace skills.

    “We are very excited to be able to offer an online masters degree program for non-lawyers,” said O’Hara O’connor. “I think we are providing something that is extraordinarily useful and at the same time cutting edge.

    Is Florida’s Workforce Ready?

    Join business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and community leaders for the Learners to Earners Workforce Summit, where you’ll be able to hear from and network with industry leaders looking for talent and those tasked with ensuring Florida’s students are ready for the future of work.

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Representative Rommel Is Working to Improve Florida’s Lawsuit Abuse Climate

     

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    Representative Bob Rommel Is Working to Improve Florida’s Bottom-Five Legal Climate

    The latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, features Representative Bob Rommel, Chair of the House Civil Justice Committee discussing the work he is doing to improve Florida’s bottom-five legal climate and protect Florida’s business climate.

    “When I first ran for office, in the [Florida] Chamber [candidate] interview, I said tort reform was important to me because as a business owner I saw the continuous rise in my liability insurance and my healthcare insurance and all my insurance rates were rising,” said Rommel.

    When asked why Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform is important, Rommel said:

    “[Assignment of Benefits reform] Is important because all Floridians pay a much higher insurance rate for their homeowners than any other state, and it’s not because we have hurricanes and it’s not because of the inclement weather, it’s because of bad actors.”

     

    Three Ways to Get Involved:

    1. Sign the petition seeking AOB reform by visiting www.FightFraud.Today.
    2. Be the first to know when registration opens for the Florida Chamber’s annual Insurance Summit taking place November 2019.
    3. Contact your Representative and Senators encourage them to pass AOB reform (SB 122 and HB 7065)

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Addressing Florida’s Skills Gap with WGU

     

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    Addressing Florida’s Skills Gap with WGU

    The latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, features Scott Pulsipher, President of Western Governors University to discuss the future of work and address Florida’s growing skills gap.

    “Sixty-four percent of jobs in Florida are going to require post-secondary credentials of some sort in the future, but the reality is, like the rest of the nation, only 40 percent of adults today in the workforce have those credentials,” said Pulsipher. “So, there is a gap between what the skills and capabilities are going to be needed for the future and the total percent of the workforce in Florida that have those skills and capabilities.”

     

    Is Florida’s Workforce Ready?

    Join business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and community leaders at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit. There you’ll be able to hear from and network with industry leaders looking for talent and those tasked with ensuring Florida’s students are ready for the future of work.

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Senator Gruters Discusses Job Growth and Rolling Back Business Regulations

     

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    Senator Joe Gruters Explains Why Jobs Keep Florida Competitive

    The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line features Senator Joe Gruters, Chair of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, discussing job creation and how it attracts more businesses and keeps skilled workers in Florida. .

    “We can encourage more companies to move down here because I think it will generate the type of jobs we want here in Florida,” said Gruters. “These highly focused, high wage-paying jobs will keep our college graduates here at home.”

    Also, in case you missed it, click here to watch Senator Gruters share why VISIT FLORIDA and tax reform are vital for Florida’s future.

    ICYMI:

    Debra Harvey, COO, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Florida Chamber Board of Directors member, recently wrote in the Daytona Beach News Journal:

     “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 Shop

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Senator Gruters Prioritizes VISIT FLORIDA & Tax Reform

     

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     Senator Joe Gruters Explains Why VISIT FLORIDA & Tax Reform Are Vital

    The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, features Senator Joe Gruters, Chair of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, to discuss top priority bills he is sponsoring during the 2019 Legislative Session, including investing in VISIT FLORIDA and target tax reform bills.

    “We are a tourism driven economy and everything we do is tourism based,” said Gruters. “We have to reauthorize this thing. When we had Matthew, Michael, Irma and red tide hit, who was there to pick up the pieces when all these devastating things happened? It was VISIT FLORIDA. They let people know that Florida was open for business.”

     

    Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum

    The Florida Chamber Foundation, along with business leaders, industry experts and elected officials from around Florida will come together October 28-30 in Orlando to engage in-depth conversations about the opportunities and innovations Florida can expect in 2030 and beyond. Click here to be among the first to know when registration opens.

    Florida Chamber Bottom Line: TÜV SÜD Is at the Forefront of Technological Advances

     

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    “Our mission is to enable the safe adoption of technology”

    In the latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with John Tesoro, President and CEO of TÜV SÜD America, Inc. to discuss TÜV SÜD’s laboratories, autonomous vehicles and what the adoption of future advancements mean for Florida’s businesses.

    “Our mission is to enable the safe adoption of technology,” said Tesoro. “So, we have over 25,000 experts globally, 1,500 of whom are here in the United States… many of them are housed in our laboratories, in fact we have 19 labs in North and South America and one of those labs is in Tampa, Florida.”

     

    Join the Autonomous Revolution

    With its favorable regulatory climate and more than 126 million annual visitors, Florida is uniquely prepared to be at the cutting edge of the autonomous revolution. The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Autonomous Florida program brings together businesses, industry experts, and policymakers to secure Florida’s autonomous future. Click here to learn more.