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 MAF 2016 Legislative Report

MAF 2017 Legislative Priorities

The Manufacturers Association of Florida has established the following priorities for the 2017 Florida Legislative Session:

Develop a reasonable, efficient public notification process for environmental releases
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection adopted a rule in 2016 that shifted the burden of public notification to facilities for environmental releases. Shifting away from the use of one central point for this information is fraught with compliance and public relations problems. The Legislature should provide direction to the Department for reporting and notification.

Reduce rising costs of workers compensation insurance
Recent court cases and legislative decisions have reversed Florida’s trend of lowering workers compensation insurance costs for businesses.  The Legislature should act again to address the factors causing these rates to rise.

Extend the tax cap on non-homestead property
Currently there is a cap on the tax for non-homestead property, meaning the assessed value of non-homestead property cannot be raised more than 10% per year.  That cap expires in 2018, unless approved again by Florida voters in the 2018 general election.  The Legislature should pass legislation extending the tax cap for placement on the 2018 ballot for a vote.

Eliminate/reduce the tax on commercial leases and rents
Manufacturers lease and rent many office buildings, warehouses, production space and other real estate in Florida.  In a continuing effort to encourage more manufacturing in Florida by reducing production costs, the reduction or elimination of this tax would positively affect manufacturers’ bottom lines.

MAF also supports:

  • Promoting research and development by businesses in Florida
  • Establishing a program for teacher internships/externships at businesses