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Tourism advocates raise specter of Rick Scott’s veto in Visit Florida fight

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Tourism industry leaders hope to escape the Legislative Session with a least a reasonable portion of Visit Florida intact, notwithstanding hostility in the House toward economic incentives that many members consider corporate welfare. “Never underestimate the power of the veto pen,” Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, said during the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Days symposium. “I know for a fact that there are a lot of freshman legislators who really believe, ‘If I hold strong,…

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Chamber laments the rise of trial bar’s influence with Florida Legislature

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The business community believes trial lawyers hold the upper hand in the Legislature for the first time in years. The business community is not happy about that. “Their bills are on rocket fuel and are moving through the process,” Mark Delegal, a partner at Holland & Knight, said during a panel discussion at the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s annual Capitol Days symposium. “We are sounding the alarm about what is going on. Let’s make this just a two-year anomaly. We’ve got to lock…

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At Florida Chamber gathering, a vigorous defense of economic incentives

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Florida is, too, open for business, representatives of the state’s economic development arm and business insisted during a panel discussion organized by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. “We’re a high performing business that’s open for business. We’ve just temporarily shut down the marketing and sales department. What we’re trying to do is make sure that’s not a permanent situation,” said Mark Wilson, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “Florida has a lot going for it. What we need to do…

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Florida Chamber of Commerce launches 100th anniversary celebration

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is turning 100. The annual Florida Chamber Capitol Days kicked off the year-long celebration of the Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary. Founded in 1916, the organization has grown over the years along with the state. “On hundred years ago, the biggest threat facing Florida’s economy was a parasite — the cattle tick,” said Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “While the threats to Florida’s economy…

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Richard Corcoran on Donald Trump’s rise: “We are the problem”

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Florida House Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran called out the political system during a speech at Florida Chamber of Commerce Capitol Days, saying it’s part of the reason GOP hopeful Donald Trump is faring so well in the polls. “We are the problem. We are absolutely the enemy and the reason Donald Trump has risen,” said Corcoran, a Jeb Bush supporter. “We go out there and say we’re going to fight for the free market, we’re going to fight for these principles,…

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Florida Chamber poll: Job creation is top concern for Florida voters

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Florida voters’ top concern is job creation and improving the economy, found a new poll by the Florida Chamber Political Institute released Wednesday. The poll was released in conjunction with the annual Florida Chamber Capitol Days. “This poll clearly shows that voters, like the Florida Chamber, agree that good jobs for everyone is a top priority,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of policy strategy of the Florida Chamber, in a news release. “And, in a state where one in…

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