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Chamber Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session Aim to Reduce Business Costs and Increase Investments for the Future

Chamber Priorities for 2016 Legislative Session Aim to Reduce Business Costs and Increase Investments for the Future

The regular 2016 Florida Legislative Session will begin Jan. 12. The Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the regional business community by advancing its 2016 Legislative priorities. The guiding principles of these priorities, released in September of the year, are citizen accountability, transportation connectivity, reducing the cost of doing business, and increasing investments for the future as its guiding principles.

“These preliminary 2016 state priorities promote economic development, business growth, and community progress,” said Bryan Harrington, Chair of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee.

The 2016 priorities include statewide policy measures that would reduce the cost of doing business and increase investments for the future, including, among others, permanent removal of the Manufacturing Equipment Sales & Use Tax, elimination or removal of the tax on commercial leases. The priorities also support local policy measures that would ultimately result in the appointment of a utility authority to govern GRU and state funding for the SW 62nd Boulevard Connector.

The Chamber will take a delegation of Greater Gainesville business leaders to Tallahassee to advocate for the state priorities on January 13, for Chamber Days, an annual Florida Chamber of Commerce event that brings Chamber representatives from all over Florida to the Capitol to support Florida’s Business Agenda. The Chamber will keep you updated on the progress of key state legislative issues throughout the regular session, which currently is slated to end March 11.

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