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Capitol Reax: Visit Florida funding, Uber, high-speed rail

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The Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted 5-1 to approve a proposal (SB 596) that would allow telecommunications companies to put small wireless communications infrastructure in public rights-of-way. Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida: “AIF supports legislation to bring technology of the future to Florida, allowing our communities to be a part of the smart cities revolution.  Florida’s economic environment will greatly benefit from this good legislation, allowing new technologically advanced companies to locate here…

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Martin Dyckman: Richard Corcoran brings wisdom to reign in Tallahassee lobbyists

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On one of my earliest days covering the Florida Legislature, I was walking along the main hall a few feet behind Jack Lee, the lobbyist for Associated Industries, when a document dropped out of his portfolio. He didn’t seem to notice, so I picked it up, intending to return it to him. I barely had time to realize that it was an amendment form for a Senate bill, neatly typed in the proper places, when he turned and snatched it…

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AIF forms workers’ comp task force

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The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) business lobby is forming a “Florida Workers’ Compensation Strategic Task Force” after court decisions they said will collectively cost businesses in the hundreds of millions. The task force evolved from a series of “Helping Florida Work” town halls in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami this summer “to foster ideas and initiatives,” the group said in a news release. “After hearing from our elected leaders and business community from all corners of the state on how…

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Florence Snyder: Postcard from ‘The Process’

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In Casablanca, “everybody goes to Rick’s” Cafe Americain.  In Tallahassee, everybody goes to Andrew’s Capital Grill. Or Andrew goes to everybody, as he did last night, personally attending to the feeding and watering of 1,200 of Associated Industries’ closest friends at its annual eve-of-session cocktail party. Andrew Reiss has been doing this since the party began, 28 years ago poolside at the old Ramada Inn. Andrew hugs and smiles a lot more than the brooding, lovelorn character played by Humphrey…

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Associated Industries announces Champions for Business awards

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Sixteen Florida legislators from across the state are among a prestigious group of elected leaders selected by Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) as 2010 Champions for Business. The awards are annually presented to leaders who have proven to be strong and forceful advocates for Florida’s business community. Champions for Business are chosen for their support of meaningful and often controversial pro-business legislation that benefits employers and their workers. Established by AIF in 2003, the awards program was created to acknowledge the…

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Associated Industries endorses Marco Rubio

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Frankly, this is about as surprising as the ending to a bad movie: Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today announced its endorsement of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, Republican candidate for United States Senate.  A member of the Florida Legislature from 2000-2008, Rubio continues to oppose anti-business legislation including the federal Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), known as card check legislation, that would hinder the freedom of employees, and cap-and-trade policies, which would have severe consequences on the state’s…

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Shocker: Associated Industries backs Jeff Atwater for CFO and Adam Putnam for Agriculture

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Associated Industries of Florida Political Action Committee (AIFPAC) today announced its endorsement of Congressman Adam Putnam (R), candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Senate President Jeff Atwater (R), candidate for Chief Financial Officer, in the General Election to be held on November 2, 2010. “These candidates have a longstanding relationship with AIF and their leadership is exactly what we need as we elect a new Cabinet.  Congressman Putnam and Sen. Atwater both understand the important role business…

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