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Sun Sentinel: Gov. Rick Scott, tear down that liquor wall | Editorial

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board Gov. Rick Scott is weighing whether to sign a bill that would lift Florida’s Prohibition-era ban on selling liquor alongside beer and wine at grocery stores.  By Wednesday, the governor must decide whether to veto the “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill, sign it into law or let it become law without his […]

The Capitolist: Retailers, Consumers Make Final Push for Governor to Sign SB 106

by Brian Burgess | May 19, 2017 As of mid-day Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott‘s office has received more than 4,500 contacts from citizens urging him to sign Senate Bill 106, which would allow retailers to sell spirits within their stores instead of forcing consumers to exit the retailer and enter a liquor store from a […]

Travel Weekly: Visit Florida budget cut will do harm, travel pros say

By Johanna Jainchill With its vote to gut Visit Florida’s budget from $82 million to $25 million, the Florida state legislature has greatly underestimated the importance of the destination marketing organization, travel officials said. U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow, who campaigned aggressively to keep Visit Florida well funded, said the move would have dire […]

The News-Press: Mailbag for May 12: Knock down ‘liquor wall’; nationalism vs. globalism

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded to promote the economic advancement of Florida’s Hispanic business community. Our top priority is providing opportunities to empower our members and the 80,000 minority-owned businesses we serve in Florida, which is exactly why I support removing the Prohibition-era “liquor wall.” We must give our hardworking business owners […]

Tampa Bay Times: Friday’s Letters: Remove antiquated ‘liquor wall’

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded to promote the economic advancement of Florida’s Hispanic business community. Our top priority is providing opportunities to empower our members and the 80,000 minority-owned businesses we serve in Florida, which is why I support removing the Prohibition-era “liquor wall.” We must give our hardworking business owners […]

Sun Sentinel: Lower rates, bold tax reform would benefit Florida economy

By Barney Bishop It is no secret that high corporate tax rates are a drain on American businesses and an obstacle to job creation. In fact, the combined state and federal rate of 39 percent is among the highest in the world, keeping businesses in Florida and across the United States from competing globally and […]

Travel Weekly: Florida budget passes with stripped-down funding for tourism marketing

By Johanna Jainchill The Florida legislature passed an $82 billion budget that slashed 67% of Visit Florida’s budget, setting up a possible veto by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott campaigned aggressively for the state’s marketing arm, requesting $100 million in funds for the organization. Instead, the legislature gave Visit Florida $25 million. “The legislature’s decision to cut […]

South Florida Business Journal: Florida Legislature approves budget with big cut to Enterprise Florida; most incentive programs to remain

By Brian Bandell he Florida Legislature approved a budget May 9 that would significantly reduce funding for Enterprise Florida, although the economic development agency’s job incentive programs would continue. The question is whether Governor Rick Scott, a major proponent of Enterprise Florida, will sign the budget or veto it. Earlier this session, the Florida House approved […]

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