For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Sarah Bascom,, 850.294.6636
Kristen Grissom,, 850.814.9454


AIF Statement on Governor DeSantis’ “Freedom First” State Budget

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement attributed to its President Brewster Bevis regarding Governor Ron DeSantis’ $99.7 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.

“AIF applauds Governor DeSantis’ proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which importantly contains four tax holidays, including a critical gas tax holiday that will save hardworking Florida families and businesses over $1 billion.

“Governor DeSantis’ focus on fostering freedom and prosperity is undoubtedly helping our state economy thrive and creating a brighter future for all Floridians. This proposed budget continues that important work with significant investments in our environment and science-based water quality projects, a high-quality education system, vital transportation projects, and workforce development.

“As we head into the 2022 Legislative Session, AIF looks forward to working with the Governor, as well as the Senate and House, on behalf of the business community to ensure a pro-business environment for Florida’s employers and employees to flourish for years to come.”

Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, Associated Industries of Florida (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.

For more information on AIF, please visit and follow @VoiceofFLBiz

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