Florida Chamber Names Senator Kathleen Passidomo as 2018 Most Valuable Legislator
PALM BAY, Fla. (April 12, 2018) – Today, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Senator Kathleen Passidomo as the 2018 Most Valuable Legislator (MVL), for her commitment to securing Florida’s future. The announcement and presentation of the MVL was made during the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting taking place in Palm Bay, Florida.
The Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator award is the business community’s premier legislative award honoring a single lawmaker for their outstanding legislative leadership and willingness to take a stand for free enterprise.
“Early during the 2018 legislative process, the Florida Chamber encouraged lawmakers to lower the cost of living, lower the cost of doing business and move Florida forward by putting long-solutions ahead of short-term politics,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber applauds Senator Kathleen Passidomo for her hard work and leadership on behalf of Florida’s families and businesses.”
A small businesswoman, Senator Passidomo has long been a fearless and effective partner in the Florida Chamber’s fight for free enterprise. As the torch bearer of multiple Florida Chamber-backed priorities this session, she attracted bipartisan support for pro-jobs legislation, took well-funded special interests head on for Florida’s future job creators, and successfully sought to keep Florida’s dismal, bottom-five legal climate from getting worse. Florida needs more public servants who wake up every day thinking about how to make Florida more competitive—regardless of the opponent or political consequences.
“I am truly humbled to be recognized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Most Valuable Legislator,” said SENATOR KATHLEEN PASSIDOMO. “It is an incredible honor to receive this prestigious award. Legislative change doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes hard work, perseverance and collaborative effort. Working together with the Florida Chamber team we have been able to advance policies that will have a lasting positive effect on Florida’s families and our business community.”
Previous recipients of the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator award include: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (2016), House Speaker Will Weatherford (2014), Rep. Larry Metz (2013), House Speaker Dean Cannon (2012), Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (2011), Sen. John Thrasher (2010), Sen. Garrett Richter (2009), Rep. Dennis Ross (2008), Rep. Stan Mayfield (2007), Rep. Don Brown (2006) and House Speaker Allan Bense (2005).
The Florida Chamber also released its annual publication How They Voted – which provides the grades for all 155 legislators so business leaders can see who voted for or against job creation and economic growth.
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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 Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.
Florida Chamber Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 874
The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 874, related to State Funds. This bill, sponsored by Senator Kathleen Passidomo, will be heard on Tuesday, January 16th, in the Senate Community Affairs Committee.
The Florida Chamber Foundation is in the midst of a 3-year research initiative to create Florida’s strategic plan through the year 2030. The Florida 2030 project dives into critical issues impacting Florida’s economy to not only identify coming trends and disruptions, but also recommendations on how the state can secure a thriving and dynamic future. As part of the Florida 2030 research efforts, the Florida Chamber Foundation conducted a series of town halls which engaged more than 10,000 residents from Florida’s 67 counties with the goal of understanding the concerns of businesses and citizens. Overwhelmingly, the top concern across the state was the availability and affordability of attainable workforce housing. Affordability of housing is a top constraining force on Florida’s economy. Simply, a job applicant has to be able to afford to live near their prospective job, or else jobs remain vacant and our economy is less rich. This bill is supported by Florida’s business community because it:
- Ensures that the State and Local Housing Trust fund is used for its intended purpose; and
- Helps make affordable housing more accessible to Floridians.
The Florida Chamber urges you to support SB 874, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues, such as this one, that are outlined in Where We Stand, a guide to Florida’s 2018 Business Agenda. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues on the 2018 Business Agenda, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs
Florida Chamber Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 1056
The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support DE amendment #233566 to SB 1056. This bill, which is sponsored by Senator Kathleen Passidomo, will be heard Tuesday, January 16th, in the Senate Education Committee.
The Florida Chamber supports legislation that allows Florida to continue to attract high wage jobs and keep high-skilled talent in our state. Providing opportunities for STEM involvement at earlier levels of learning will give Florida’s students the best chance at being competitive. The Florida Chamber believes greater STEM opportunities and initiatives will help to position Florida as a leader in high-tech, high-wage job creation. This legislation is important to Florida’s business community because this bill:
- Promotes opportunities for public middle and high school students to learn computer science taught by qualified teachers.
The Florida Chamber urges you to support DE amendment #233566 to SB 1056, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs