Each year, the Florida Chamber presents the Legislature and Executive Branch with a policy roadmap for how to grow Florida's economy. Florida's Business Agenda is a member-driven, pro-jobs agenda based on sound policy and built by thousands of chamber members, local chambers, and partnering associations.
 
Please take a few minutes to tell us what your business needs from your elected officials to help your company and employees prosper. Please complete our short survey and help us set Florida's 2019 Business Agenda today.
 
1. I believe Florida is headed in the:
Right Direction
Wrong Direction
No Direction
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2. When it comes to business issues and the Florida Legislature, the Florida Legislature:
Understands my business and champions my concerns
Does not understand my business
Is primarily focused on getting re-elected
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3. How would you rate lawmakers' performance during last year's legislative session?
I'm proud of them
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I'm embarrassed by them
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Closing Florida's Talent Gap by Improving Educational Opportunities
 
With 391,000 Floridians looking for jobs while 242,500 jobs remain unfilled due to the lack of qualified applicants, it is clear Florida has a talent gap that needs bridging. Further, the Florida Chamber Foundation estimates that Florida employers must create 1.7 million new jobs by 2030 to keep our growth going. In order to strengthen our talent pipeline today and enhance Florida's competitiveness moving forward, the Talent Supply and Education Pillar is comprehensive in its focus, spanning from cradle to career: early learning, K-12, higher education, workforce skills training and continuing education.
 
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Diversifying Florida's Economy by Creating High-Wage Jobs
 
While Florida became a $1 trillion economy in 2018, we must continue to encourage further growth and hedge against the impact of inevitable future downturn. The Innovation and Economic Development pillar is focused on diversifying Florida's economy, the expansion and growth of Florida businesses, and the creation of high-skill, high-wage industries. The pillar includes funding for economic development efforts led by Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing through VISIT Florida, as well as items such as venture capital, R&D investments, small business issues and global trade.
 
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Preparing Florida's Infrastructure for Smart Growth
 
As the 3rd most populous state, Florida is already home to 21 million residents and we expect to add five million more by 2030. Over the same period, we will have 3 million more drivers and the State of Florida forecasts 50 million more annual visitors. When coupled with the 116 million visitors Florida had last year, it is clear we must focus on long-term infrastructure solutions for future water, energy, telecommunications and transportation (road, rail, airport, seaport, spaceport, inter-modal, autonomous, etc.) needs. Smart growth policies that better connect people with people and goods to market, while also modernizing risk preparedness efforts and practicing necessary environmental resource stewardship are also areas of focus in this pillar. We want to know your views on Florida's long term infrastructure and growth challenges, opportunities, and solutions.
 
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Keeping Florida's Business Climate Competitive
 
The policies contained in the Business Climate and Competitiveness pillar encompass everything that goes into the expense side of your business' profitability, or if not appropriately maintained, survivability. While aspects of Florida's business climate, such as our tax and regulatory environments, remain a strength, other areas, such as our notorious lawsuit abuse problem require greater action from our elected officials. Other components of this pillar include workplace and employment issues (such as employer mandates), commercial insurance issues (property/casualty, workers ' comp, etc), permitting reform and private property rights.
 
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Making Government More Efficient
 
At the Florida Chamber, we believe government's role should be limited, but where it appropriately exists, it should work for job creation, not against it. With 405 cities, 67 counties and 34 state agencies, helping government run more like a business is a full time effort. Solutions that ensure efficient, transparent and sustainable government systems remain our focus. Whether fighting for constitutional integrity, insisting on overdue pension reform, reducing bureaucratic redundancy, or safeguarding and streamlining existing systems around our budget, elections, judiciary and corrections, the Florida Chamber is leading these hard conversations.
 
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Championing Florida's Quality of Life
 
Advocating for a stronger healthcare system that lowers costs and provides better outcomes, leading the movement to end generational poverty through economic opportunity for everyone, tackling the attainable workforce housing shortage and continuing to oppose the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling are just a few ways the Florida Chamber is protecting Florida's competitiveness, brand and unique quality of life. This pillar centers on the preservation and advancement of those things that make us healthy, safe, comfortable, secure and involved in our communities - the things which can make or break the decision of a business to relocate or needed talent to stay.
 
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Thank you for taking the time to share your views on how we can best enhance our competitiveness and continue Florida's growth.
 
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