ATTENTION FLAGLER COUNTY:
Your Immediate Assistance is Needed
On Wednesday, February 8 at 1 p.m., the Florida House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will take up proposed legislation that will completely eliminate Florida's economic development and tourism agencies. Sponsored by Representative Paul Renner, PCB CCS 17-01
will eliminate Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida, as well as several dozen programs and organizations that have helped make Florida a leader in job growth and economic diversification.
This legislation sends a signal that Florida's state government is no longer an active partner in job creation, diversifying our economy, or supporting our important tourism sector. Additionally, the bill does the following:
- Ends economic diversification and tourism marketing efforts in Florida, including eliminating the economic development toolkit, international programs, marketing, and small business assistance;
- Raises Taxes - Early estimates show that this legislation could increase taxes by $89.1 million. In addition, on average, Florida households save $1,535 a year as a result of visitor activity driving increased revenue to the state;
- Hurts Jobs - Every 85 visitors account for 1 job in Florida. Enterprise Florida is in the business of attracting high-wage jobs and high-growth industries; and
- Makes Florida Less Competitive - Nearly every state has similar programs, and this legislation will put Florida at a competitive disadvantage in attracting businesses and visitors. If we could compete on our sunshine-soaked beaches and lack of income tax alone, we would win. But the fact is, our competitors are not giving up this important economic development tool anytime soon.