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Statement By:
Tom Feeney, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

Regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s 2013 State of the State Address

March 5, 2013

“The revitalization of our nation’s and state’s manufacturing industry brings with it unparalleled high-wage job creation potential. As the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) echoes Gov. Scott’s call for the elimination of sales tax on manufacturing equipment and policies that increase competitiveness for Florida manufacturers.

To play a significant role in spurring our state’s economy, Florida manufacturers need to be on equal footing with their competitors in other states and across the globe. Gov. Scott understands that and AIF applauds him for making this one of his top priorities this year.

Gov. Scott has also proposed an option to relieve the double taxation on Florida’s employers, while also providing coverage for more of our state’s uninsured. AIF stands ready to work with the Florida Legislature and the Governor to accomplish these critical objectives for the benefit of all Floridians.”