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2016 AIF session priorities

AIF's the collective voice of businesses from the Panhandle to the Keys involved in a multitude of industries that fuel our economy. During the 2016 Legislative Session, we are proud to stand up for the issues relevant to our members and work to create a business-friendly climate to benefit our state.

Each year, Florida’s business community faces a variety of tough issues and 2016 will be no exception.

This publication highlights our 2016 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, we can expect AIF to once again lead the way for businesses when it comes to policies pertaining to water through our H20 Coalition, workers’ compensation via our Workers’ Compensation Coalition, information technology with our IT Council, and energy by our Florida Energy Council and Mineral Rights Working Group.

Additionally, we will see numerous legislative proposals that revolve around Governor Rick Scott’s $79.3 billion budget proposal for FY 2016-17, which we believe will foster a pro-business environment and have a positive impact on Florida employers and employees. As the Florida affiliation of the National Association of Manufacturers, AIF joins the Governor in calling for a reduction in business rent/commercial lease tax, permanently eliminating sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, and permanently eliminating income tax on manufacturing and retail businesses.

This year, Florida leaders have an opportunity to elevate the state and make it the gold standard for 49 other states by adopting a budget that includes a pro-growth, pro-jobs tax cut agenda. One billion dollars in tax cuts will help accelerate job growth and prosperity for our state.

AIF congratulates Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature on making Florida one of the best places to do business in the United States.

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 and are what AIF’s lobby team will work diligently to support, 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 2016.

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