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Workers’ comp drops off legislative map

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Crisis, what crisis? Just a year after dire predictions that the state’s economy was in peril due to rising insurance costs, Florida businesses could see an average 9.3 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year under a rate filing Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will consider later this month.

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Independent business group honors Jeff Brandes as ‘Guardian of Small Business’

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Small-business group NFIB/Florida named St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes a “Guardian of Small Business” during a luncheon Wednesday. “As a small-business owner, I have seen firsthand the impact of burdensome government regulations,” Brandes said after accepting the award. “Small businesses are the backbone of our community. We should cut taxes and eliminate unnecessary red tape always and everywhere to keep growing more jobs for Floridians.” The Guardian of Small Business award is the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ top…

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No. 1 priority for Independent Business group is commercial rent tax cut

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A 1 percent cut in the commercial rents sales tax tops the list of legislative priorities for the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobbying group announced Tuesday. “In 2016, we’re focusing on giving back to our state’s economic drivers and helping clear the way for job creators to own, operate and grow their businesses,” said NFIB Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle. “As a result, tax cuts for small businesses are at the top of our list, and NFIB…

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Rene Garcia proposes tax holiday to help small businesses

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State Sen. Rene Garcia has again filed legislation to create a “Small Business Saturday sales tax holiday.” The bill (SB 1236) was filed Wednesday for the 2016 Legislative Session. The Miami Republican filed a similar bill for last session but it and a House companion died in committees. The idea has been supported by the National Federation of Independent Business, saying it would “encourage consumers to patronize their local independent businesses during the year’s busiest shopping weekend.” The tax holiday would be next Nov.…

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Uber requests that ride-sharing be part of special session in Tallahassee

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Among the many casualties in the aborted legislative session last month was legislation regulating ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft. On the eve of the Special Session, though, Uber’s Florida General Manager Matthew Gore and other Florida business leaders have asked House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner to include transportation network companies in the call that starts Monday. “When you gather for this important June session, we hope you consider the more than 60,000 Floridians who have asked you…

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Florida business interests at odds over healthcare this session

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There’s infighting among the “business” ranks this session on the healthcare front. By the second week of session it’s clear that National Federation of Independent Business, Florida, the Florida Chamber, and Associated Industries of Florida have different ideas about the approach Florida should take on the healthcare front as the state faces the loss of federal Medicaid dollars that are used to pay hospitals, and federally qualified health centers as well as train future doctors. While AIF thanked the Senate…

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National Federation of Independent Business endorses @marcorubio

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Today the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, announced its full support and endorsement of Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate at a campaign event in Tampa with Florida small business owners. With so much focus on the high-profile races in Florida, the hotly contested seat will be watched closely this election cycle. NFIB’s support puts the active grassroots and financial backing from Florida’s small business owners behind Rubio, who is a proven pro-small business leader in Florida.…

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