Email President Obama – Urge Him to Reconsider Overtime Changes

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The Obama Administration is proposing revising overtime regulations by making more employees eligible for overtime. The reality is changing overtime regulations will not guarantee more income, but instead will negatively impact small businesses and drastically limit employment opportunities. Click the button below to email President Barack Obama directly and urge him to reconsider his proposed overtime law revisions.

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A very special thank you to the following regional chambers of commerce for joining the Florida Chamber’s efforts to oppose the federal Department of Labor’s proposed overtime revisions.

  • Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Clay County Chamber of Commerce
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Deland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • JAX Chamber
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
  • Orlando, Inc.
  • South Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • West Volusia Regional Chamber

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Sen. Flores Stands Firm on U.S. – Cuba Relations on Bottom Line

Last December, President Obama announced a possible normalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S.- a decision that places Florida directly in line to be affected by the consequences.

Senator Anitere Flores, Chair of Senate Fiscal Policy Committee, shares the historical context of the discussions and why the U.S. – and Florida— must exercise caution.

“Just imagine yourself or your family members having, from one day to the next, absolutely everything is taken away from you… and the person who took that away is still the person in power,” explained Sen. Flores. “Where the president made a mistake number one, was in not consulting those who are affected by this but number two was not listening to history. History of relations with Cuba have shown that the Castro brothers at any given moment will take what they want for themselves and this time doesn’t show us that it’s going to be any different.”

Throughout the many Washington D.C. trips the Florida Chamber takes to meet with Florida’s congressional delegation, one thing has always been clear- Cuba has the power to end the embargo today if they take certain steps.

“A lot of people think that the embargo is something that is imposed unilaterally by the United States onto Cuba,” said Sen. Flores. “But the united states congress took action to say that if Cuba takes certain steps- free political prisoners, have free and fair elections- if they took those steps, then the embargo would be lifted. So if Cuba would simply move toward democracy, move toward democratic principles, then the embargo would be lifted right away and they could be our partners.”

In the Florida Senate, Sen. Flores has stood resolute in sharing Florida’s positon.

“Just recently, the Florida Senate took a very affirmative step in standing with our colleagues… in saying—we are not going to stand for normalization with Cuba until Cuba starts to embrace democratic principles, which is the opposite of what’s being done right now,” said Sen. Flores.  “Cuba is a place where the visitor can have it all— where they can  go to the best hotels, stay on the most beautiful beaches— but residents receive a ration book every single month that dictates what you can eat and when you can eat it. The same happens with companies. Companies in Cuba are not allowed to make decisions as to who to hire, what to pay- all of that is dictated by the government. That’s not something that we should stand for in the United States, we should stand for freedom because if we don’t stand for freedom, then who will?”

In Florida, we stand for free enterprise principles- they have helped our economy thrive and succeed past times when many thought our state was over. The Florida Chamber has a long-standing position opposing normalizing relations with Cuba, and as long as there is a dictator that won’t recognize democracy, freedom and free enterprise as a path toward a better life for its people, our position will remain the same. Sen. Flores urged caution for businesses thinking of working with Cuba’s “free enterprise” principles.

“I would ask them to be very careful,” said Sen. Flores. “Nothing has happened over the last 55 years that shows that the Castro government would treat businesses today any differently. Right now, there is no free enterprise. Things that are done under the cloak, under the wording of free enterprise in Cuba, those folks are told who to hire, are told what to pay, are told when to open, what businesses they can deal with. One can’t wake up one day and say you know, today I want to open a nail salon or today I want to have a trucking business— you have to ask the Cuban government and say ‘can I be in this business’. And then the government makes that decision and they govern every single decision that is made by that company. So I would warn those who are watching or business executives from around the country to just be very careful because the Castro regime has shown us that they will do nothing in the future that is different than what they’ve done in the past.”

Florida Chamber Statement on Potential Post-Embargo Cuba Relationship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (December 18, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson today issued the following statement regarding steps to normalize relations with Cuba:

“When our nation’s leaders talk about normalizing relations with Cuba, all eyes turn to Florida. No state has been, or will be, as impacted by U.S./Cuba policy as Florida. We are very disappointed that President Obama took these actions without consulting key stakeholders in the one state impacted the most by this issue.

“Unfortunately, we do not know what conversations took place between President Obama and the Cuban dictator. We are hopeful that democracy, freedom and free enterprise were discussed and will be the basis of any further discussions regarding an eventual post-embargo relationship.

“The Florida Chamber has a long-standing position opposing normalizing relations with Cuba, and as long as there is a dictator that won’t recognize democracy, freedom and free enterprise as a path toward a better life for its people, our position will remain the same.”

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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.

New Florida Chamber Political Poll Shows Strengthening Voter Confidence & Governor Scott Outpaces Opponents in Head-to-Head Matches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (August 18, 2014) – While jobs and the economy continue to rank as top issues among Florida’s likely voters, the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll shows likely voters have a more positive view of the future and favor Governor Rick Scott in the state’s top leadership race.

“While top concerns for voters remain jobs and the economy, their support of Governor Scott is a signal they approve of his strong ability to create private-sector jobs,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. “This is evidenced by the fact that 43 percent of the voters believe Florida’s unemployment rate is lower since Rick Scott took office.”

Additional Polling Data Shows:

  • Of the 627 Florida likely voters polled, 29 percent rank job creation and the economy as their top issues, and
  • For six straight months, a plurality of voters believe the Sunshine State is headed in the right direction – 43 percent. (Based on Florida Chamber polling conducted in February 2014, June 2014 and August 2014.)

Governor Rick Scott’s job approval rating continues to remain positive, with 50 percent of likely voters approving of the job he’s doing. At the same time, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s favorability continues to drop – down to 36 percent from 41 percent in June.

In Head-to-Head Matchups:

  • Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist: Scott earns 44 percent to Crist’s 41 percent.
  • Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist vs. Adrian Wyllie: Scott earns 41 percent, Crist gets 35 percent and Libertarian Adrain Wyllie earns 4 percent.

 

Crosstabs

Candidate Dem Rep Other Male Female
Scott 11 73 31 47 35
Crist 70 8 25 30 41
Wyllie 2 3 14 6 2
Other 6 3 10 4 7
Undecided 11 13 17 13 15

 

“I believe a major reason Charlie Crist is visibly losing support is because voters are beginning to realize that Rick Scott’s private-sector pro-jobs plan is working and that Florida continues to move in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

On the national level, President Obama’s job approval rating remains upside down as 41 percent approved and 54 percent disapprove.

The poll, conducted on August 10-13, 2014 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Additional Results Show:

  • Education, healthcare, and immigration round out the top three issues voters are most concerned about – 19 percent, 6 percent and 6 percent respectively.
  • By a margin of 36 percent to 25 percent, voters believe they are financially better off than they were a year ago.

 

Please Note: The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber Political Institute are consistently drawn from likely voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters. Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting.

 

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