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New business coalition video calls for elimination of Florida Rent Tax

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Florida businesses pay too much in a rent tax, and a new coalition is looking to change that starting with the 2016 Legislative Session. In a new video released Thursday, the Business Rent Tax Coalition, a group of small businesses and other business interests, calls for lawmakers to eliminate Florida’s 6 percent business rent tax over the next six years, beginning with a 1 percent cut starting next year. “Florida is moving in the right direction,” the video says, “taxes…

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Don’t expect major education bills in 2016, says John Legg

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There won’t be any major education bills expected in the 2016 Legislative Session, according to Senate Education chair John Legg. As reported by LobbyTools, testing legislation was one of only a handful of substantive bills that ultimately passed in the 2015 session. And for the upcoming session, set to begin next month, Legg said education does not seem to be gaining any traction. “I am talking to fellow senators, and they are not talking about their priorities in education,” he…

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Andy Gardiner hopes to avoid health care funding dramas of last Session

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Senate President Andy Gardiner says he expects a productive 2016 Legislative Session without the turmoil that fractured last session. Gardiner, a Republican, spoke to FloridaPolitics.com Thursday in a pre-session interview. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli is scheduled to hold a similar question-and-answer session with news media next Friday. But the issue that caused the last Session to implode without a state budget – health care funding – is still at play. Florida uses a pot of local and federal cash, called the Low Income…

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Tampa Chamber outlines 2016 agenda, supports Florida Enterprise Fund

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce headed up to Tallahassee Thursday to discuss its 2016 legislative agenda with lawmakers. “We had the privilege today to meet with our local delegation members to express what is important to the Chamber and to the business community as a whole,” said Guy King III, the group’s chair-elect.  “It is imperative that we start to lay the groundwork now so that when session begins in January our legislators will know what is important to…

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House panel OKs repeal of hospital regulation

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A bill that would end state oversight of hospital construction and expansion cleared its first House review panel on Thursday. The Select Committee on Affordable Healthcare Access OK’d the legislation (HB 437) 10-4 along party lines. The measure would repeal the “certificate of need” process that requires hospitals to show state regulators there’s a need in the community before they can build a new facility or expand an existing one. It also applies to adding specialty treatment programs, such as organ transplants. It…

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Florida Chamber unveils ambitious plan for job growth, diversified economy in 2016

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Florida’s Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the upcoming Legislative Session with a new blueprint for the effort to advance jobs, economic growth and opportunity in the Sunshine State. Now entering its 100th year, the Chamber unveiled its 2016 Legislative Agenda during a Tuesday news conference at the Florida Capitol. The Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene its 2016 Regular Session Jan. 12. Presenting the agenda was Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson, Chamber Chairwoman Tracy Duda Chapman, senior…

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