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Gainesville Chamber Releases Preliminary State Legislative Priorities

Gainesville Chamber Releases Preliminary State Legislative Priorities

Citizen accountability and transportation connectivity among guiding principles

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce releases its 2016 preliminary state legislative priorities with citizen accountability, transportation connectivity, reducing the cost of doing business, and increasing investments for the future as its guiding principles.

“These preliminary 2016 state priorities promote economic development, business growth, and community progress,” said Bryan Harrington, Chair of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee.

The Chamber will continue to advocate on behalf of the regional business community by advancing the preliminary priorities, which are outlined below:

Local Policy

Goals: Citizen Accountability and Transportation Connectivity

1) Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) Governance: Support Special Legislative Act HB 1325 providing for a referendum of City of Gainesville electors to determine whether the City Charter should be amended to create an appointed utility authority to govern GRU.

2) City of Gainesville SW 62nd Boulevard Connector: Support state funding from the State Highway System, Strategic Intermodal System (SIS), or other state funding sources.

Statewide Policy

Goals: Reduce the Cost of Doing Business and Increase Investments for the Future
3) Electricity Market Restructuring: Support comprehensive and sound electricity market restructuring to create a competitive marketplace designed to reduce energy costs.

4) Manufacturing Equipment Sales and Use Tax: Support permanent removal of the Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment Sales and Use Tax.

5) Commercial Leases Sales Tax: Support eliminating or reducing the sales tax.

6) Healthcare: Support smarter healthcare coverage making Florida more competitive by bending the cost curve for Florida’s families and job creators.

7) Economic Development Incentives: Support state incentive programs promoting job creation.

8) Innovation: Support renewed and additional state funding for the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund. Support policies consistent with Chamber innovation policy recommendations.

9) University of Florida (UF): Support UF funding requests and Preeminence.

Stakeholders: Support select priorities from the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, Santa Fe College, School Board of Alachua County, Florida Chamber, Enterprise Florida, and the CareerSource Florida network.

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