In the days since the Parkland tragedy, I’ve heard from business and local chamber leaders throughout Florida – each expressing concern, and urging us to unite for reasoned and positive action while balancing individual freedoms and security of our children.

As you know, the bookends of the Florida Chamber’s Six Pillars for economic prosperity are education and quality of life. From championing the talent developed in our education system, to protecting Florida’s family-friendly brand, we’ve made it our business to ensure today’s learners become tomorrow’s earners, and that Florida is the best place to live, work, learn, raise a family and live the American dream.

As Florida’s character is tested yet again, voters throughout America are waiting for politicians to put partisanship aside, and put Americans first. Right now, Florida has an opportunity to set a national example to balance quality of life, safety, and important constitutional rights.

Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have both put forth their recommendations, and those proposals are actively moving through the legislative process. You can read more about those efforts at www.FloridaChamber.com/Safety.

While much of the attention in Florida’s Capitol is focused on proposals to keep kids safe, lawmakers are also rounding out the last two weeks of session, and several Florida Chamber-backed bills continue to advance, including: telehealth technologies, rural economic opportunities, improving educational opportunities and 404 permitting. Of course, there are bad for business bills on the move too and we’re taking action to ensure they don’t cross the finish line.
From local businesses to major corporations, a qualified workforce continues to be a top concern for job creators. Consider that advancements in Florida’s aviation and aerospace sector are growing, but concerns regarding a talent skills gap remain, with Frank DiBello, President and CEO, Space Florida discussing why it matters to Florida in the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line. Learn more about why the Florida Chamber believes that good jobs for all means investing in Florida’s workforce colleges by clicking here.

The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is rounding out its public hearing cycle. Two opportunities to provide your input remain- March 5 in Cape Coral and March 13 in St. Petersburg. After the listening tour concludes, the full CRC will debate the proposals. I encourage you to make plans to attend one of the two remaining public hearings and have your voice heard. Click here for the latest details.

With the end of the 2018 Legislative Session approaching, the pace of legislative activity – both pro-business and no-good for business – also increases. Our team of more than 25 lobbyists are on the ground, working to ensure we make Florida more competitive. We’ll continue to keep you apprised, and thank you in advance for your support.

Best,

P.S. Register today for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit. Save the date for June 12-13, 2018 as business leaders and educators from across Florida lead discussions on the future of Florida’s talent and workforce.