State Budget News is Good for Environment and Infrastructure
Florida Legislature to Begin State Budget Negotiations
As we enter the final three weeks of the 2020 Legislative Session, lawmakers will soon begin budget negotiations.
The House and Senate have already passed their initial budgets, which provides insight into what the final budget will likely look like.
So far, the news is good for Florida’s infrastructure and environment. That’s especially important considering that 26 million people are expected to call Florida home by 2030, and understanding that long-term, sustainable water and environmental policies will be needed to meet our growing needs.
The Florida Department of Transportation’s budget will likely exceed $10 billion for another fiscal year. Florida is on track for record funding for environmental projects, which are broken out into smaller categories below.
|SENATE (SB 2500)||HOUSE (HB 5001)|
|FDOT||$10.3 Billion||$10.3 Billion|
|Everglades Restoration||$31.9 Million||$325 Million|
|Water Quality Improvements||$198 Million||$122 Million|
|Florida Forever||$125 Million||$23 Million|
|Springs Restoration||$50 Million||$50 Million|
|Broadband in M-CORES||$5 Million||$5 Million|
|Affordable Housing||$387 Million||$144 Million|
The Florida Chamber will continue to advance and support long-term investments in Florida’s infrastructure and environment.
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Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll Shows Floridians Overwhelmingly Support Cell Phone/Cable TV Tax Cut
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TALLAHASSEE, FL. (June 1 , 2015) – By a margin of nearly five to one, Floridians support cutting taxes on cell phones and cable television, according to the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) poll released today.
“Lowering the cost of living and the cost of doing business through targeted tax reforms is a top priority of the Florida Chamber of Commerce,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of the Florida Chamber Political Institute. “Clearly, voters agree with Governor Scott and the Florida Chamber that lowering cell phone and cable TV taxes will put money back into the pockets of Floridians and help make Florida more competitive.”
Of the 605 Florida likely voters polled, more than 70 percent support a reduction in the Communications Service Tax (CST), while 15 percent oppose and only 12 percent were unsure. The CST tax cut is among proposals lawmakers are expected to consider during the June 1-20, 2015 Special Legislative Session.
Right/Wrong Direction and Financial Situation:
With more than 865,000 private-sector jobs created in the last five years, and an unemployment rate at 5.6 percent, the Florida Chamber’s poll also shows Florida voters still believe Florida is headed in the right direction, and that they are financially better off today than a year ago.
- Right/Wrong Direction:
42 percent agree Florida is headed in the right direction. This number remains about the same as 2014 when 43 percent said Florida is headed in the right direction and 41 percent saying wrong direction. (Cross-tabs included)
- Financial Situation:
40 percent of voters believe their financial situation is better today than a year ago – an eight percent jump from this time last year. (Cross-tabs included).
- Feb/March, 2015– 36 percent better off; 25 percent worse off.
- Feb/March, 2014 – 28 percent better off; 36 percent worse off.
Top Issues on the Minds of Florida Voters:
While the top three issues continue to be jobs/economy, education and healthcare, there has been significant changes in the numbers.
19 percent of Florida voters cite this as their number one issue – down 10 percent from May 2014.
17 percent of the voters rank this as their number one issue – slightly up from 13 percent in May 2014.
16 percent of likely voters rank education as their top priority – remaining steady from previous polls.
- Balance the State Budget, Crime and Immigration
were the other issues selected by Florida voters.
The poll of 605 respondents, conducted on May 14-20, 2015 during live telephone interviews of likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. The sample was drawn from frequent voters and respondents were again screened for voter registration during the interview. The sample was balanced according to all known demographic factors. Sixty-four percent of the respondents were interviewed via landlines and 35 percent via cell numbers. The margin of error for this survey is ±3.5 percent, with a 95 percent confidence level. This poll was conducted by Florida Chamber Political Institute, a research arm of the Florida Chamber.
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.