How bold: Florida Chamber names Dean Cannon as ‘2012 Most Valuable Legislator’

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The business community’s premier legislative award, Most Valuable Legislator, goes to House Speaker Dean Cannon for his outstanding leadership to strengthen Florida’s economy, establish predictability and stability with Florida’s business climate and support private-sector job creation. During his two-year term as the leader of the Florida House of Representatives, Speaker Cannon ran the chamber with precision and purpose.

“Speaker Cannon is a champion of free enterprise and understands government doesn’t create jobs – government creates the right environment for the private-sector to create jobs,” said Anthony Connelly, chair, Florida Chamber of Commerce and Senior Vice President & CFO, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, U.S.

“During the 2012  Legislative Session we worked hard to send a signal of stability and predictability to Florida’s private-sector job creators by crafting a balanced budget that does not raise taxes and passing critical tax relief and incentive packages to support existing and attract new private-sector jobs,” said House Speaker Dean Cannon. “We are grateful to the Florida Chamber for their ongoing support of this effort and for their commitment to growing Florida’s business community.

Previous recipients of the Florida Chamber’s Most Valuable Legislator award include: Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (2011), Sen. John Thrasher (2010), Sen. Garrett Richter (2009), Rep. Dennis Ross (2008), Rep. Stan Mayfield (2007), Rep. Don Brown (2006) and Rep. Allan Bense (2005).

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