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2018 AIF session priorities

AIF is the collective voice of businesses from the Panhandle to the Keys involved in a multitude of industries that fuel our economy.

During the 2018 Legislative Session, we are proud to continue our fight to protect Florida’s job creators. Each year, Florida’s business community faces a variety of tough issues and 2018 will be no exception. This publication highlights our 2018 legislative priorities, which will be distributed to all 160 members of the Florida Legislature, the Florida Cabinet and Agency Secretaries, as well as AIF membership.

This year, AIF will continue to fight against policies that will increase the cost of health care for Florida’s business community. Issues like prior authorization, retroactive denial of claims and removal of step-therapy protocols will cause employers to pay more for their employee’s healthcare. AIF remains committed to fighting these issues in the halls of the Capitol.

You can expect AIF to lead the business community in opposing legislation pushed by the Trial Bar that would make it more expensive for businesses to operate in our state. One such piece of legislation dealing with prejudgment interest is a top priority for AIF and is on our “must kill” list.

Additionally, we will see numerous legislative proposals that revolve around Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal for FY 2018-19. His proposed spending plan, which includes $180 million in tax cuts, will go a long way in continuing to help our state achieve the prosperity and growth our Florida families deserve. Governor Scott is clearly on a mission to ensure Florida job creators are excelling and Florida families are benefitting from a pro-business environment in their home state, and we congratulate him and the Florida Legislature on making Florida one of the best places to do business in the United States.

By adopting a budget that includes a pro-growth, pro-jobs tax-cut agenda, Florida leaders have an opportunity to elevate the state. These tax cuts will help accelerate job growth and prosperity for our state.

These important issues, as well as others, are laid out in greater detail within this publication, summarizing the guiding principles which shape AIF’s legislative positions. AIF’s lobby team will work diligently to support these positions, in collaboration with AIF staff and our Board. Since 1920, it has been our privilege to represent Florida businesses, and we look forward to continuing our history of success in 2018.

You may click on one of the below links to view the Session Priorities: