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AIF heralds Rick Scott’s State of the State address, economic plan

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Florida’s foremost business trade group congratulated Gov. Rick Scott for his sixth State of the State address, and reaffirmed its support for the governor in the just-opened 2016 Legislative Session. Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) President and CEO Tom Feeney released this statement: “AIF applauds Governor Scott on his State of the State address, and congratulates him on all he has been able to accomplish for the great State of Florida in terms of fostering a business-friendly environment. “Growing our…

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Florida retailers expect fraud to rise in 2015

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With the holiday shopping season entering its twilight hours, retailers have turned their attention to preventing fraudulent returns. The Florida Retail Federation expects total annual returns to hit $260.5 billion this year, including $9.1 billion worth of fraudulent returns. Holiday returns alone are estimated to account for $2.2 billion in fraudulent returns, the group said, up from $1.9 billion in 2014. “Due to the spike in retail fraud that takes place this time of year, we can’t stress enough for…

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Despite resistance, Rick Scott wants $1 billion in tax cuts

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Setting up another contentious budget battle, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was expected Thursday to call for $1 billion in tax cuts, most of it targeted at businesses. Scott’s is recommending the hefty amount despite signs that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature will resist going along with such a large tax cut package. Scott, however, will argue that the dramatic tax cuts will help the state’s economy withstand the next downturn. “We can’t only create jobs when the national economy is good,”…

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Retailers back Richard Corcoran in H-45

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Republican Richard Corcoran has claimed the Florida Retail Federation’s backing in his House District 45 race in 2010. Rick McAllister, President and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, had this to say: “The Florida Retail Federation is pleased to support your candidacy for the Florida House of Representatives, District 45. We believe that you will prove to be a strong voice for the retail business community in your district, and for the state.”

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