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Capitol Reax: Tax cuts, certificates of need, whiskey and Wheaties, fracking

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Gov. Rick Scott proposed $618 million in tax cuts this week, which included four back to school holidays and reducing the commercial lease tax. “Governor Scott’s ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ tax package includes a number of cuts which will significantly support Florida’s retailers, including a reduction in the business rent tax, cutting the business tax and including an expanded back-to-school sales tax holiday among others. FRF is excited about what the Governor’s tax cut package will mean for growing Sunshine…

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High stakes for Tennessee, Butch Jones vs. Florida

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It is hard to believe that the fourth game of the college football season is labeled a “must win” game. Fair or not, that is the burden Tennessee Coach Butch Jones and his Volunteers may be facing in Saturday’s tangle with the Florida Gators. There are two types of must-win situations. One is a necessary victory to stay alive for a division, conference or national title. The other involves job security for the head coach and his staff. The Gators…

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Florida Chamber welcomes Rick Scott’s $1 billion “targeted tax reforms”

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Florida’s Chamber of Commerce welcomes the “targeted tax reforms” called for Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott which include reducing business rent tax and sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment. Scott is recommending $1 billion in tax cuts through a series of reductions and a possible elimination of the state’s corporate income tax. The governor believes his plan is necessary to prepare Florida for the next economic downturn. Chamber Executive Vice President David Hart points out that the proposal is…

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Personnel note: Chamber taps former Daniel Webster aide as new influencer

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U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster‘s former chief of staff has been named the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of government affairs, the Chamber announced in a Friday press release. Frank Walker III also worked for three other U.S. lawmakers: Former U.S. Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez of Florida, and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state. “After more than a decade in Washington, I know the solutions to the challenges facing Florida and our nation come from the state…

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Personnel note: Top Florida GOP staffer Andrew Wiggins accepts new role at Florida Chamber

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Andrew Wiggins has taken a new role as senior director of campaigns and elections for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Wiggins, previously deputy director of Senate campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, is one of four new team members to the Chamber – joined by Andy Gonzalez, Carolyn Gosselin, and Drew Preston. They are part of a renewed effort by the Chamber to boost voter education and employer mobilization efforts. As the most economically and politically significant state in America, Florida has become more…

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As mixed-bag session ends, Florida Chamber warns ‘voters are paying attention’

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Despite philosophical differences, Florida lawmakers finished the special overtime session this afternoon by passing a $78.8 billion state budget that was hammered out between the chambers over a 20-day special session.  The 2015 Special Session A sine die was bittersweet for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In a statement, the Chamber noted that lawmakers passed 232 bills of the 1,795 bills introduced – including 20 Chamber-backed measures. The 2015-2016 budget – passed by the House 96-17 at around 6 p.m. Friday The…

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