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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House Takes Important Step on Transportation Bill
On March 28, a Florida Chamber-backed infrastructure and growth bill that mirrors recommendations from the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition Report, passed the House Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee.
PCB TTA 19-02 is the House companion bill to SB 7068, a top priority bill for Senate President Bill Galvano. The bill would create new transportation corridors, connect Florida’s rural communities to the metro areas, and plan for new transportation technologies such as autonomous vehicles.
Budget allocations have also been released by the Florida House and Senate, and both chambers have recommended over $10.7 billion for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Both allocations are within the Department of Transportation budget recommendations and would include Hurricane Michael relief to Northwest Florida and common road repairs. This marks another year of over $10 billion allocated to the FDOT.
The Florida Chamber thanks the House and the Senate for prioritizing infrastructure investments to help ensure Florida is prepared for 26 million residents by 2030.
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Infrastructure and Tourism Funding Key to Florida’s Competitiveness
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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Florida Secretary of Transportation: “Your Voices Are Strong.”
Yesterday, Mike Dew, Florida Secretary of Transportation and key note speaker at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Transportation Summit, spoke to Florida’s leading business and industry experts on the future of Florida’s transportation. As we plan for a future with 26 million Floridians and 4-5 million new drivers, Sec. Dew shared his thoughts on how Florida can continue to succeed:
“Making sure that we are doing everything we can to keep up with the current growth and anticipate future need is of critical importance…Across the board there is a recognition in the importance of investment in transportation infrastructure.”
-Mike Dew, Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
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Register today to hear from Sec. Mike Dew live on December 12 in Port Canaveral as we continue these conversations and take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing Florida’s transportation systems today and throughout the next 20 years. Topics will include connectivity, innovations and technology, how Florida can leverage its infrastructure, how Florida can move and make more product to help multiply economic impact to our state, and more.
2016 Future of Florida Forum: Florida’s Transportation Future, Secretary Jim Boxold
FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold Discusses Role of Transportation in Florida’s Future
“The challenge for the department is to build a transportation infrastructure that meets Florida’s needs and keeps up with the pace of growth here in Florida.”
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold sat down with Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation Tony Carvajal recently to discuss what lies ahead for Florida’s transportation system and infrastructure.
“Florida, very clearly, is on the move. We’re on track for 100 million visitors this year. We’ve added over 900,000 jobs over the last four years.”
Secretary Boxold also gave an update on Florida’s transportation plan, which is the visioning document for transportation projects and updates for the next 20+ years. The plan also takes into account advances in technology and how they will affect our state’s transportation system.
The Florida Department of Transportation is responsible for coordinating the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced state transportation system that serves all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities.
“The biggest challenge we have is to provide a transportation system that is safe for all users, whether you are in a car or on a bicycle or a pedestrian…”
Florida’s transportation system includes roadway, air, rail, sea, spaceports, bus transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Florida also has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade, and logistics – which pay 30 percent more than the statewide average.
Secretary Boxold is a featured speaker for two upcoming Florida Chamber Foundation events: the 2015 Future of Florida Forum and the 2015 Transportation Summit.
To be part of the statewide conversation on the future of Florida’s transportation system, join us at the Future of Florida Forum, September 28-29, in Orlando.
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 www.FLFoundation.org for more information.