Florida Chamber Endorses 14 Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs Candidates for the Florida House and Senate

TALLAHASSEE, FL (July 6, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces 14 candidate endorsements in competitive races for the Florida House and Senate, and congratulates candidates elected without opposition.

Today’s latest round of endorsements is part of a larger Florida Chamber effort to help elect pro-jobs, pro-business candidates that support private-sector job creation and economic growth. Additional endorsements are forthcoming.

“Now, more than ever, Florida needs leaders in the Florida Legislature that will ensure the long-term needs of Florida’s families and small businesses are placed before short-term political fixes and special interest agendas,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Candidates endorsed today include:

Florida Senate:

Florida House of Representatives:

Endorsed incumbent candidates were evaluated on numerous factors, including their historical grades on the Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card. Additionally, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) has hosted candidate interview sessions across Florida – interviewing more than 100 non-incumbent candidates.

Floridians can learn more about each candidate, key election dates and polling locations by visiting www.FloridaWins.org.

The Florida Chamber also congratulates Florida Chamber-backed candidates that were recently elected without opposition:

Florida House of Representatives:

  • Representative Halsey Beshears (R-HD 7)
  • Representative Cyndi Stevenson (R-HD 17)
  • Representative Clovis Watson (D-HD 20)
  • Representative Larry Metz (R-HD 32)
  • Representative Richard Corcoran (R-HD 37)
  • Representative Danny Burgess (R-HD 38)
  • Representative Cary Pigman (R-HD 55)
  • Representative Jake Raburn (R-HD 57)
  • Representative James Grant (R-HD 64)
  • Representative Dane Eagle (R-HD 77)
  • Representative Larry Lee, Jr. (D-HD 84)
  • Representative Bill Hager (R-HD 89)
  • Representative Jim Boyd (R-HD 71)
  • Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D-HD 81)
  • Representative Bobby DuBose (D-HD 94)

Florida Senate:

  • Senator Aaron Bean (R-SD 4)
  • Senator David Simmons (R-SD 9)
  • Senator Wilton Simpson (R-SD10)
  • Senator Tom Lee (R-SD 20)
  • Senator Bill Galvano (R-SD 21)
  • Senator Denise Grimsley (R-SD 26)

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Statement on the House Passage of Transportation Network Companies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 27, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from David Hart, Executive Vice President, on the House of Representatives passage of HB 509 – transportation network companies.

“The Florida House of Representatives today took a major step toward creating a welcoming regulatory climate that embraces innovation, strengthens job growth and provides ridesharing opportunities for all Floridians and the 100 million plus tourists we welcome to our state annually.

“With the House passage of the transportation network companies’ bill, Florida is taking steps to ensure that the Sunshine State is not being left behind other states that have already approved ridesharing policies.

“The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida House of Representatives for allowing cutting edge technology to thrive and make Florida more competitive.”

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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 Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Targeted Tax Reform Package Will Help Lower Cost of Living and Doing Business

House Passes Florida  Chamber Tax Cut Priorities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 5, 2015) – The Florida Chamber applauds the Florida House of Representatives for their commitment to lowering the cost of living and cost of doing business in Florida by passing a targeted tax reform package last week.

“We are proud of the work the Florida House has done to pass targeted tax reforms that will put money back in the pockets of Floridians and make Florida even more competitive,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Today’s victory is a step in the right direction for our state.”

Driving a fair and equitable tax system is key to attracting and retaining businesses in Florida. Limiting burdensome taxes by enacting smart and targeted tax reforms help place money back into the pockets of Florida’s families.

The Florida Chamber commends the Florida House for passing the following targeted tax reforms in HB 33A:

  • Communication Services Tax cut,
  • Reducing sales taxes on commercial leases,
  • Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday,
  • Small Business Saturday Tax Holiday, and
  • Research and Development tax cut.

“This opportunity puts additional money in the pockets of hard working families, but could mean the difference in job creation and business expansion,” said Dennis Grady, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. “Our Florida economy is at its best when the legislature returns tax payer dollars to those who could use it the most.”

House Approves Florida Chamber Priorities in House Tax Reform Package

The Florida House Finance and Tax Committee passed a $436 million tax cut package today, which included the following important Florida Chamber priorities:

  • Communication Services Tax cut,
  • Reducing sales taxes on commercial leases,
  • Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday,
  • Small Business Saturday Tax Holiday, and
  • Research and Development tax cut.

Florida Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart testified before the committee this morning emphasizing the Florida Chamber’s support of the plan and urging lawmakers to consider dedicating more funds to targeted tax reform. In fact, according to a new Florida Chamber poll, 72 percent of voters support a reduction of the Communication Services Tax.

The House tax relief package was approximately $690 million during the Regular Session, but has since been reduced to approximately $436 million because of budget concerns stemming from other issues, such as healthcare reform.

Florida Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart testifies in support of Florida Chamber targeted tax reform priorities at the House Finance and Tax Committee on June 2, 2015.

Today’s passage of the House Finance and Tax Committee’s tax relief package (HB 33-A) is just the first step, however, as the entire House and Senate must ultimately agree on the content and amount of such legislation during the Special Session.

The Florida Chamber is pleased with today’s vote and will continue to advocate for targeted tax reform that puts money back into the pockets for Florida’s small businesses and families. We will share updates and insights on this subject in the near future.

More Targeted Tax Reforms:

Click here to learn more about what the Florida Chamber is doing to make Florida more competitive via targeted tax cuts.