Florida Chamber Education Priorities Head to the Governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 11, 2016) – The Florida Legislature continues to move our state and our students in the right direction with the passage of a bill that includes several Florida Chamber legislative priorities.

HB 7029 strengthens and expands school choice options, ensures we are helping to train, and retain, the best teachers for our students, works to further streamline graduation requirements for Florida’s high-schoolers, codifies performance funding for Florida’s 12 public universities and 28 state colleges, and champions efforts that will renew a focus on the importance of early learning.

We commend the Florida Legislature, who made it possible for the many successes in education that Florida saw this Legislative Session. Students with unique learning abilities will be able to take advantage of greater learning opportunities with the John M. McKay Scholarship Program and the Gardiner Scholarship Program, current college and career readiness programs will be strengthened, and highly effective, professional educators wanting to teach STEM subject courses will have an easier pathway for certification. Many Florida students will now be able to take advantage of an education system which allows them to advance at their own pace based on their mastery of concepts and skills with the new Competency-Based Education Pilot Program.

The Florida Chamber knows the existing one-size-fits-all system of education is struggling to consistently meet the individual needs of each student and equip them for success in the 21st century, and thanks to the hard work of the Florida Legislature, Florida’s students are on the path to continued competitiveness and excellence.

Florida Chamber-Backed Manufacturing Bill Passes Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee today for passing a Florida Chamber-backed manufacturing bill by a 6-1 vote.

SB 98, sponsored by Senator Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange) will ensure a permanent reduction of the state’s Sales Tax on Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment and allow companies to more easily invest in additional equipment.

In 2013, the Florida Chamber, thanks to efforts by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature, led the charge with the Manufacturers Association of Florida to help create a program that would reduce the Sales Tax on Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment for three years. But Florida’s manufacturers need a more permanent solution. In order to provide Florida manufacturers with predictability and certainty and help continue growing Florida’s manufacturing industry, the Florida Chamber will continue to support permanently eliminating the Sales Tax on Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment.

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Did you know manufacturing contributes more than $40 billion to Florida’s economy? Learn how you can get involved in the Florida Chamber’s efforts by contacting us today at cjohnson@flchamber.com.

Florida Legislature Passes Florida Chamber Tax Cut Priorities

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

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 15 , 2015) – The Florida Chamber applauds the Florida Legislature for their commitment to lowering the cost of living and cost of doing business in Florida by passing a targeted tax reform package.

“Lawmakers took a positive step today by passing several of the Florida Chamber’s targeted tax reform priorities,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We commend the House and Senate for their work on negotiating a meaningful tax cut package and we look forward to Governor Rick Scott signing it into law.”

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.

Targeted Tax Reforms Cuts Include:

  • A reduction in the communications services tax (CST),
  • An increase in the research and development tax credit,
  • Extended bonuses in enterprise zones for two years for companies currently receiving bonuses, and
  • Create a 10 day Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

The bill now heads to Governor Rick Scott ‘s desk for signature.

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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.