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Florida Times-Union: Gov. Scott to veto proposed Visit Florida tourism funding cuts

By Drew Dixon Gov. Rick Scott Friday said he is going to veto proposed funding cuts to the state’s tourism bureau Visit Florida, demanding state legislators return the budget to $76 million during a special session he’s calling for state lawmakers that is set to begin Wednesday. “During the special session, I am calling on the […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Moore: Tax reform will encourage innovation, empower workforce

Ed Moore, My View It took 30 years for the federal tax code to grow into the incomprehensible mess it is today. While policy-makers waited for a politically favorable moment to enact real reform, many tried to fix the system with patchwork policies that further bloated the tax code. There’s no reason to wait any […]

Sunshine State News: Congress, Give America What It Deserves – Tax Reform

By BARNEY BISHOP Individuals, small business-owners and corporate professionals are aware of the crushing burden represented by our outdated federal tax code, unchanged since 1986. It has been an issue throughout my career at Associated Industries of Florida, and as a third-time business-creator, I am personally dealing with an exceedingly high tax rate, and an onerous […]

Florida Politics: Gil Langley: Post-Session reflection on tourism marketing

Guest Author  Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced record-breaking tourism numbers in the Sunshine State. It may be the last time for a while. Ignoring extensive research, case studies and pleas from travel industry constituents across the state, the Florida Legislature slashed funding for VISIT Florida by a crippling 67 percent — recklessly jeopardizing the […]

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 […]

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