Author: Mark Wilson with the Florida Chamber of Commerce
As President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, I've been interviewed in the past two months by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and several other news outlets and they all want to know the same thing- what are the significant tax advantages in Florida and what is the Florida Chamber doing to prepare for the expected job growth headed our way?
Thanks in large part to national tax reform, Governor Scott's leadership and focus on jobs, and thanks to marketing by Pete Antonocci and our teammates at Enterprise Florida, Inc., leaders in other states are realizing the tax advantages of moving their families and businesses to Florida.
Following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employers nationwide announced pay raises, bonuses, lower prices, capital investments and more, due to the resulting benefits from federal tax reform. One would think this push to make America more competitive would be met with significant fanfare from all political stripes, but this has not been the case in certain states. Here are a few actual examples of what other states are doing:
Unfortunately, politicians in high-tax states also have no issue with taxpayers in Florida and the rest of the nation subsidizing their state's spending. This "Robin Hood"-type scheme is being exposed for what it really is - a failed tax and spend scheme.
Florida Chamber Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish shares in his latest edition of By The Numbers, that $879,000 in income migrates to Florida every hour. Many high-tax states in the northeast are losing residents to Florida. In fact, 88,500 net new people in one year have moved to Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania alone.
Florida's leaders know that a competitive tax climate increases corporate investment and creates jobs, and with 26 million people expected to call Florida home by 2030, two million net new jobs will need to be created in order to keep unemployment below five percent. This is one reason Forbes has listed Florida as the number one state for growth.
Not only does Florida have no personal state income tax, it has cut taxes and fees by $10 billion since 2010 and has created nearly 1.5 million private sector jobs -outpacing the nation in job growth. Furthermore, Dr. Parrish now predicts Florida will be a $1 trillion economy by the end of 2018.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is doing a good job marketing Florida's friendly business climate and promoting the advantages of Florida. The Florida Chamber was pleased to partner with EFI to highlight why now is the right time for businesses in other states to move to Florida. Click here to see the Wall Street Journal ad campaign.
Yet, despite having the most pro-jobs governor in America, in the recently completed legislative session, lawmakers made Florida a little more expensive for families and Florida a little less competitive for businesses.
I'm so proud of the Florida Chamber's team of advocates for stopping more than a dozen bad ideas from becoming law this past session. These bills would have increased employer mandates, implemented overreaching regulations and further worsened Florida's troubling lawsuit abuse climate.
What Others Are Saying
Business leaders across Florida recognize the unique opportunity that Florida has to further grow jobs and create economic prosperity for all.
Dr. Jackson Sasser, President of Santa Fe College and the Florida Chamber's North Central Florida Regional Board Chair recently spoke about the importance of economic development - and the important role education plays - during a recent edition of the Florida Chamber's Series on Free Enterprise.
Representative Clay Ingram discussed how infrastructure and tourism investments play a role in Florida's economic development, on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber's Bottom Line.
Husein Cumber, Executive Vice President of Florida East Coast Industries and Florida Chamber Northeast Regional Board Chair, was featured in the Florida Times Union sharing his support of Florida's growing economy, and the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund which is helping transform Florida's economy into next generation targeted industries.
While we're looking forward to working with future legislative leadership, the Florida Chamber looks forward to ensuring candidates that believe in jobs and growing the economy are elected this fall.
Following a year in which sitting lawmakers earned the lowest grades in the history of the Florida Chamber's Legislative Report Card, there is simply no time to waste in electing candidates that want to see Florida succeed.