This week was a rough week for economic development in Tallahassee. Representative LaRosa’s bill, HB7067, has basically disbanded the Enterprise Zone program and makes it a local program with no state involvement. Additionally, there are significant issues for economic development as the bill takes out the ability to use the state average wage as a criteria for economic development projects. It also now adds another layer and a slow down to project review and approval as it now requires the Governor to review all projects.
On the Senate side, we are hoping to get Senator Latvala’s bill, SB1214, moving in Appropriations to help with any amendments we need and then it will go to Conference.
While the regular 60-day session is supposed to end May 1st and with the House and Senate at a budget impasse, both House and Senate leaders have acknowledged that an extended session or later special session is almost certain. I would encourage you all to reach out now to your delegation to express your concerns over turning back economic development progress in Florida. We need to keep moving forward with our competitiveness agenda. As bills head to the floor, there is still time to ensure that the economic development community is heard.