Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Senator Gruters Discusses Job Growth and Rolling Back Business Regulations


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Senator Joe Gruters Explains Why Jobs Keep Florida Competitive

The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line features Senator Joe Gruters, Chair of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, discussing job creation and how it attracts more businesses and keeps skilled workers in Florida. .

“We can encourage more companies to move down here because I think it will generate the type of jobs we want here in Florida,” said Gruters. “These highly focused, high wage-paying jobs will keep our college graduates here at home.”

Also, in case you missed it, click here to watch Senator Gruters share why VISIT FLORIDA and tax reform are vital for Florida’s future.


Debra Harvey, COO, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Florida Chamber Board of Directors member, recently wrote in the Daytona Beach News Journal:

 “Eliminating VISIT FLORIDA means Florida will lose business, market share and tax dollars to competing destinations. Look no further than Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania to see how their states were impacted when tourism marketing investments were cut.” Debra Harvey, Ron Jon Surf Shop

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Senator Gruters Prioritizes VISIT FLORIDA & Tax Reform


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 Senator Joe Gruters Explains Why VISIT FLORIDA & Tax Reform Are Vital

The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, features Senator Joe Gruters, Chair of the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, to discuss top priority bills he is sponsoring during the 2019 Legislative Session, including investing in VISIT FLORIDA and target tax reform bills.

“We are a tourism driven economy and everything we do is tourism based,” said Gruters. “We have to reauthorize this thing. When we had Matthew, Michael, Irma and red tide hit, who was there to pick up the pieces when all these devastating things happened? It was VISIT FLORIDA. They let people know that Florida was open for business.”


Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum

The Florida Chamber Foundation, along with business leaders, industry experts and elected officials from around Florida will come together October 28-30 in Orlando to engage in-depth conversations about the opportunities and innovations Florida can expect in 2030 and beyond. Click here to be among the first to know when registration opens.

Research & Development Tax Credit Bill Passes Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee


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On March 4, 2019, the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee passed SB 750, which permanently increases the cap on Florida’s Research & Development Tax Credit to $35 million.

This Florida Chamber- backed bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters, would allow companies to receive a greater percentage of the R&D credits allowed under law while encouraging high wage jobs, capital investments and innovation in Florida. The Florida Chamber has led the effort to improve Florida’s R&D Tax Credit and provide additional funding over the last five years.

As Florida continues to try to drive innovation and attract high-wage, high-skill jobs, a strategic but underfunded component is the R&D tax credit. The Florida Chamber will continue to promote SB 750 and other efforts that will make Florida a top-three state for research and development and innovation by 2030.

Thank Senator Joe Gruters

Please take a moment to send a quick email thanking Senator Joe Gruters for working to further smarter and more competitive tax policies for Florida.