Manufacturers Association of Florida Endorses Gov. Rick Scott
August 13, 2018

Today, the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) announced their endorsement of Governor Rick Scott’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Governor Scott's commitment to the manufacturing business climate, job creation agenda, and business friendly stance during his terms in office as Florida's Governor made the endorsement a clear decision.

MAF Executive Director, Amanda Bowen stated, "MAF is dedicated to education and training tomorrow's workforce through Apprenticeship programs. Governor Scott's work, including investing more than $2 billion in workforce development, challenging technical colleges and centers to better prepare students to meet community workforce needs, and signing legislation that allows students to use apprenticeships toward high school graduation requirements, is what our industry needs to succeed. MAF is proud to stand behind Governor Scott as Florida's next U.S. Senator as he has proven to be a leader who will fight to keep Florida competitive and bring even more success stories to our industry."

MAF, Florida's premier statewide association for the manufacturing industry, represents all industry sectors totaling more than 20,000 manufacturers across the sunshine state. "The manufacturing industry has blossomed and grown continuously under Governor Scott's leadership," said Al Stimac, MAF President. "Governor Scott's ability to successfully eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment was a game changer for our industry and a great win for all of Florida. Under his leadership, the manufacturing industry is now responsible for more than 378,100 jobs across the state, and we are growing more year after year. His commitment to fight for the best needs of our businesses, and the future of our families, is evident. We look forward to his leadership as Florida's next U.S. Senator and the advances he will bring to the industry nationwide."

Governor Scott championed and secured the permanent elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, saving Florida manufacturers more than $73 million each year.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Over the past seven and a half years, we’ve worked hard to permanently repeal the manufacturing sales tax, cut burdensome regulations and make important investments in workforce development so businesses can grow and Floridians can be prepared for new job opportunities. In Florida, we know that keeping more money in the hands of hardworking families and job creators is the best way to ensure long-term economic growth. It is time to bring that way of thinking to Washington and as U.S. Senator, I will fight to require a supermajority vote of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law, so job creators like our manufacturers can continue to grow. I was proud to accept the endorsement of MAF today, and I look forward to continuing to work together to cut taxes and support job creators across Florida’s growing manufacturing industry.”