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AIF, Florida Chamber, other business groups join forces to oppose Senate tax proposal

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A bevy of business groups have joined forces in opposition to a Senate proposal to lower the tax commercial rents by eliminating a tax credit benefiting another industry. Eight of the state’s leading business organizations — including Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Florida United Business Association — sent a letter to Sen. Anitere Flores on Wednesday urging here to “support lowering the sales tax currently charged on all…

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Endorsement watch: National Right to Life, Sierra Club, Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. — Neal Dunn has earned the support of the National Right to Life. The organization endorsed Dunn, a medical doctor, in his campaign for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. “This endorsement reflects your commitment to strengthening a culture of life throughout the nation and in the U.S. Congress,” said David N. O’Steen, executive director, and Karen A. Cross, political director of…

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Bill Herrle: Worker’s comp hike hurts small biz

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NFIB/Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle on Wednesday criticized workers’ compensation insurers for pushing through a 14.5 percent rate increase this month. Herrle called the increase “massive” and said it would “undoubtedly hurt small businesses by threatening their ability to keep their doors open and employ Floridians.” The National Federation of Independent Business calls itself “the nation’s leading small-business advocacy group,” according to its website. State regulators approved a 14.5 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums. The new rates, however, are lower than ones initially proposed by…

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Endorsement watch: National Women’s Political Caucus of Florida, National Federation of Independent Business and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the National Women’s Political Caucus, Fraternal Order of Police, and the National Federation of Independent Business — issued endorsements. — The National Federation of Independent Business has thrown its support behind Marco Rubio. The national organization announced it had endorsed Rubio in his re-election bid. In a statement, Bill Herrle, the executive director…

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NFIB/Florida joins groups opposed to workers’ comp hike

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The National Federation of Independent Business/Florida is adding its voice to the business groups decrying a proposed 17 percent hike in the cost of workers’ compensation insurance to employers. The rate increase “is a $623 million tax on workers in Florida that will go primarily to workers’ compensation attorneys,” NFIB/Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle said in a statement. “For the sake of Florida’s small businesses and the millions they employ, this cannot stand,” he added. “The filing is the tip of the…

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No. 1 priority for Independent Business group is commercial rent tax cut

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A 1 percent cut in the commercial rents sales tax tops the list of legislative priorities for the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobbying group announced Tuesday. “In 2016, we’re focusing on giving back to our state’s economic drivers and helping clear the way for job creators to own, operate and grow their businesses,” said NFIB Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle. “As a result, tax cuts for small businesses are at the top of our list, and NFIB…

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House healthcare bills roll to third reading

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After a regular session where the House presented no healthcare plan or alternative to the headline-grabbing Senate FHIX proposal, the House on Thursday rolled to third reading a number of bills that will comprise its package. House Democrats peppered state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen with questions before the House rolled to third reading a bill that authorizes in statutes recovery care centers and also allows ambulatory surgical centers to operate for 24 hours. HB 33 A is one of a number…

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