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  • 2020 Legislative Agenda

    The Chamber’s Board of Directors presents the following 2020 Legislative Agenda to inform our members about the issues the Chamber will be monitoring and advocating for in 2020. It should be noted that this list is not all inclusive, and may be modified during the year.  

  • Transportation 

    Transportation is a core service of government that is critical for economic development and facilitating the efficient delivery of goods and services. Having sufficient transportation funding is needed to implement a robust and connected transportation network in Tampa Bay.   
    • State regulation of peer-to-peer operators including language requiring operators to enter into an agreement with airports 

    • Funding for the Westshore Interchange project as part of the Tampa Bay Next Program  

    • The continued study of the Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Significance (M-CORS) Infrastructure Program   

    • Preserving sufficient Right of Way along Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando for high speed rail 

    • Policy and funding for school route safety enhancements   


  • Economic & Business Development

    Economic development and business thrive where regional collaboration is strong, regulatory and tax burdens are minimal, right to work laws that protect our citizens remain in place and where wages are comparatively based. Businesses locate and expand in areas where these factors exist:

    • The ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution 

    • Legislation that strengthens Florida’s local governments, economic development and tourism agencies 

    • Adequate funding for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida   

    • The flexibility that Florida’s Home Rule powers give municipalities

    • Phased initiatives to reduce the tax burden on commercial real estate leases 

    • Restoring arts & cultural matching grants recommended by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs

    • Legislation that increases Moffitt Cancer Centers portion of annual funding from Florida’s cigarette tax   

    • Funding for Pasco Hernando State College General Operations

    • Funding for the Construction Completion of the PHSC Instructional Performing Arts Center- Requesting $3,000,000 


  • Education& Workforce Development

    The business community must partner with stakeholders and policymakers to advocate for adequate resources to help recruit, develop and retain talent in Tampa Bay. Plans must be in place today to market and train the workforce of tomorrow.   

    • A pay-for-success model that incentivizes pathways to high-demand workforce credentials and apprenticeships   

    •  Legislation that authorizes public schools to offer coding as a second language and colleges/universities to accept coding as a foreign language credit 

    • STEM education programs to strengthen equitable access to high quality workforce-related skill sets 

    • Including industry certification and skilled training in school and district grade calculations as an additional student success measure

    • Funding for the successful consolidation of the University of South Florida under one accredited university