Florida Chamber Names Representative Paul Renner a 2018 Distinguished Advocate

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Representative Paul Renner has been named a Florida Chamber 2018 Distinguished Advocate for his commitment to championing pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.

“The Florida Chamber thanks Representative Paul Renner for working to lower the cost of living on families and cost of doing business on job creators through targeted tax relief. Representative Renner’s leadership on smart tax policy included a reduction in the Florida-only business rent tax – a longstanding Florida Chamber priority,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber’s Distinguished Advocate award recognizes lawmakers who fought tirelessly for the passage of pro-business legislation – no matter how difficult – and furthered the Florida Chamber’s goals of securing Florida’s future through job creation and economic development.

“I am honored to be a Florida Chamber of Commerce 2018 Distinguished Advocate. This session, the Florida Legislature continued its commitment to improve the lives of all Floridians through policies that promote prosperity and job creation, expand opportunity, and preserve our great quality of life. I was privileged to work with Senator Stargel to produce a tax reduction package that lowers the commercial rent tax, gives relief for those hurt by Hurricane Irma, and benefits our veterans and those on public assistance who are trying to climb the economic ladder out of poverty.  I appreciate the Florida Chamber‘s commitment to these goals as we create a better Florida for everyone,” Representative Renner said.

To view Representative Renner’s complete grading and district information, click here.

 

BREAKING – Florida House Approves Bill That Threatens Tourism Industry

A few moments ago the Florida House voted by a 80-35 margin to approve HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast). This controversial anti-tourism bill severely restricts the ability of VISIT Florida to market Florida as a tourism destination and threatens the future growth of Florida’s tourism industry.

Click here to find out if your lawmaker supported this job killing legislation.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 messages from Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the Florida House voted to support:

  • Restricting the operations of VISIT Florida,
  • Reallocating funds originally intended for tourism marketing, and
  • Reducing collaboration with business, local government, and nonprofit partners by restricting the use of monies toward required matching dollars, such as in-kind contributions and tourism development tax dollars.

HB 9 now travels to the Florida Senate.

Be on the lookout for future messages encouraging you to communicate with Representatives that voted to support this harmful legislation.

Controversial Economic Development and Tourism Vote Today!

 

Last Chance to Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE “NO”

Florida House Set to Vote on Controversial  Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills TODAY

Today, Friday, March 10, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m., your State Representative will vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). This is your last chance to urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on both of these bills.

HB 7005 would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), restricts the operations of VISIT FLORIDA, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and significantly changing the operations of VISIT Florida could pass the Florida House, unless you take action now.

Urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on HB 7005 and HB 9 when they vote on these bills later this morning. Then, share this email with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

Urge Your Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Anti-Economic Development and Tourism Marketing Bills

HB 7005: Final House Vote This Week

Later this week, every State Representative will have the opportunity to vote on HB 7005 (anti-economic development bill) and HB 9 (anti tourism marketing bill). We need you to contact your State Representative by clicking the “Take Action Now” button below, and urge them to VOTE NO on both of these bills.

HB 7005 would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), restricts the operations of VISIT FLORIDA, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition and more than 40,000 emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and significantly changing the operations of VISIT FLORIDA could pass the Florida House, unless you take action now.

Urge your lawmaker to VOTE NO on HB 7005 and HB 9 when they vote on these bills later this week. Then, share this with everyone you know that cares about job creation and our tourism industry.

Anti-Economic Development & Tourism Bills Advance Despite Vocal Opposition

A few moments ago, the Florida House Rules and Policy Committee voted by a 15-3 margin to advance HB 7005, a bill that would end economic diversification efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing and small business assistance.

The same committee also voted, by a 15-2 margin, to support HB 9, sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast), which restricts the operations of VISIT Florida, reallocates funds originally intended for tourism marketing and reduces collaboration.

Despite overwhelming opposition from citizens in attendance and several thousand emails sent to lawmakers by Florida Chamber members opposing the bill, the conversation of eliminating Enterprise Florida and drastically reducing the funding of VISIT Florida will now move to the Florida House Floor.

The Florida Chamber believes the state must continue to fund initiatives that support diversifying the economy and attracting visitors and businesses to our state. HB 7005 and HB 9 has already generated national media attention and sends a signal that Florida’s state legislature is no longer an active partner in‎ job creation, diversifying our economy and supporting our important tourism sector.

Looking ahead, your efforts and comments will continue to be needed. So please, “stay tuned” for additional announcements on how you can help. We hope you will continue to join our fight to oppose any efforts to dismantle the state’s necessary and results-proven role in economic development and tourism marketing.

What’s Next?

As indicated below, both HB 7005 and HB 9 are going to the House Floor for their next vote.

Summit Focuses on Protecting, Growing and Supporting Florida’s Defense Industry, Military and Veterans Workforce

State Leaders Gather at Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunity Summit

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (August 17, 2016) – Governor Rick Scott will join military and defense industry experts and elected officials at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg today to discuss the opportunities and challenges in Florida’s military economy and leveraging veteran’s expertise and skills.

It is estimated that every Florida business is located within 100 miles of a military installation, making Florida one of the most strategically important states for the U.S. armed forces and a pivotal location for military personnel, defense industry innovations and veterans.

“Florida’s military and defense industry puts nearly 775,000 Floridians to work each year and contributes almost $80 billion to our economy,” said TONY CARVAJAL, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. “However, Florida is expected to experience significant demographic, political and economic shifts throughout the next 15 years that will need to be addressed in order to support our veterans and bring more high-wage, high-skill jobs to Florida’s workforce.”

Today’s event will feature a lineup of experts including:

  • Governor Rick Scott
  • Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
  • Congressman Gus Bilirakis
  • Senator Jeff Brandes
  • Representative Paul Renner
  • Representative Jimmie Smith
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs

“The military and defense industry is a pillar of Florida’s economy, improving economic prosperity and providing jobs for thousands of Floridians,” said COMMISSIONER PUTNAM. “Florida continues to be at the forefront of new innovations and technology, attracting both the companies and talent needed to grow this industry.”

Additional items for discussion will include BRAC and sequestration, federal issues, veteran leadership and the future of military, defense and homeland security industries.

In addition to the day-long conference discussions, a new animated online video, entitled Florida Leads in Military, Defense and Homeland Security Industry, will be released.

Follow the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #IsFLReady.

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Representative Paul Renner Discusses Florida’s Pro-Growth Policies

Representative Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) recently joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce to discuss Florida’s pro-growth, pro-jobs policies, like the Florida House’s recent targeted tax reform package.

 “I think it keeps us on a pro-growth path so we’re creating jobs,” said Rep. Renner. “I think if you look back at how states responded when the economy collapsed… Florida tightened its belt- we didn’t go out and raise taxes. And the result of that is now that the economy’s come back, we bounced back faster. You see job growth ahead of the nation. We’ve taken a pro-growth path for the last 10 years and its reaping benefits now.”

In fact, according Rep. Renner, Florida has a unique opportunity when it comes to targeted tax reforms, but doing so will require making decisions today that will help businesses grow jobs for tomorrow. Among his top priorities this Legislative Session:

“It’s continuing to give back to businesses and tax payers the surplus that were seeing by making good choices,” said Rep. Renner. “And by doing so, still we keep that economic engine running and we continue to have, with greater economic activity, more surpluses hopefully in the future where we can provide some targeted tax relief and continue to work on our infrastructure.”

Looking ahead to help secure Florida’s future has been a Florida Chamber priority for the past 100 years.

“I think what’s great about the [Florida] Chamber is, we often in Tallahassee get caught up in the expediency of today,” said Rep. Renner.  “The [Florida] Chamber is always forward looking- you have the Six Pillars and you’re looking ahead five, 10, 20 years out, whether it’s water policy or infrastructure. I think that’s what’s really important about the [Florida] Chamber’s role in electing pro-growth, pro-business candidates.”

 

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Learn more about the targeted tax reforms the Florida Chamber believes will help drive economic growth.