February 28, 2019
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released its “2019 Session Priorities” publication, which outlines its legislative agenda on behalf of its members for the 2019 Legislative Session.
This year, AIF will lead the way for businesses through its various policy councils and committees, including Environmental Sustainability & Agriculture Council; Florida Energy Council & Mineral Rights Working Group; Financial Services Council; Transportation & Maritime Council; IT Council; Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense Council; Health Care Task Force; Taxation Committee; Workers’ Compensation Coalition; and H2O Coalition.
“We are proud to announce AIF’s ‘2019 Session Priorities’ publication that provides a framework for a variety of tough issues we plan to fight for on behalf of Florida’s business community to continue to protect Florida’s job creators and their employees,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney. “Among the many issues you can expect AIF to keep a watchful eye on and be voice for the business community include our state’s budget; health care reform, such as prior authorization, retroactive denial of claims and step-therapy protocols; insurance reform, such as assignment of benefits, bad-faith and workers’ compensation; and addressing environmental and science-based water projects, hurricane recovery efforts, and technical and STEM workforce development.”
AIF anticipates numerous legislative proposals that revolve around Governor Ron DeSantis’ $91.3 billion budget proposal for FY 2019-20. “Governor DeSantis’ proposed spending plan, which includes $335 million in tax cuts, will go a long way in continuing to help our state achieve the prosperity and growth our hardworking Florida families deserve,” said Feeney. “We applaud Governor DeSantis and the Legislature for continuing to propel Florida forward and making the Sunshine State one of the best places to do business in the United States.”
As the session priorities were being developed by AIF’s member-driven policy councils, the Florida Council of 100 released its “Project Sunrise – An Economic Competitiveness Strategy for the State of Florida.”
“AIF and the Florida Council of 100 will also be working together this session to promote strategies and goals that mutually benefit the overall good of not only the business community, but the economic well-being and quality of life for all Floridians,” said Feeney. “We’re pleased to also note several issues contained in our 2019 priorities that encompass language born from both our member policy councils and the Council’s Project Sunrise.”
These important issues, as well as others, are laid out in greater detail within AIF’s 2019 Session Priorities publication, summarizing the guiding principles which shape AIF’s legislative positions. The publication is distributed to all 160 members of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Cabinet and Agency Secretaries, as well as AIF membership. To view an electronic version of the publication in full, please go here.
Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.
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