Florida Chamber releases ‘Where We Stand’ business agenda for 2024 Session
Florida Chamber sees the state with a sunny future.

'The world is watching Florida’s economy and the Florida Chamber is laser focused on making sure the right things happen in Florida.'

The Florida Chamber of Commerce has released its 2024 Florida Business Agenda, outlining top priorities for the business community heading into the 2024 Legislative Session.

The Florida Chamber releases its “Where We Stand” business agenda each year ahead of the Legislative Session. As in past editions, the 2024 agenda focuses on policies the Chamber believes will help Florida’s economy become one of the 10 largest in the world by 2030.

“The world is watching Florida’s economy and the Florida Chamber is laser focused on making sure the right things happen in Florida,” said Keith Koenig, Chairman of CITY Furniture and Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson added, “Free enterprise isn’t free. The Florida Chamber fights every day in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to solve issues that impact local businesses and Florida’s competitiveness, and the legislative priorities of the Florida Business Agenda will help grow private sector jobs, diversify our economy and create additional economic opportunities for all Floridians.”

Efforts to improve Florida’s legal climate top the 2024 agenda. The Chamber highlighted the Sunshine State’s status as a “bottom-five legal climate,” but that building upon recent “lawsuit abuse reforms” could improve Florida’s standing.

The Florida Chamber also is supporting legislation that would slash the sales tax on commercial rents, focus workforce development on “cradle-to-career” opportunities and create a “consistent regulatory and operating environment across Florida’s 411 municipalities and 67 counties.”

The “Where We Stand” agenda is part of the Chamber’s overarching effort to grow Florida’s economy to one of the 10 largest in the world by 2030, if measured as a country. Currently, the state would rank No. 14 on the global list — its $1.44 trillion GDP placing it on par with Mexico. The current No. 10 is Italy, which has a GDP of about $2.01 trillion.

The Chamber will further outline its policy positions during its annual Legislative Fly-In. The event, originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, was shifted to an all-day Wednesday event due to the severe weather affecting much of North Florida.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

One comment

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 10, 2024 at 8:42 am

    You want to know why insurance prices are out of control, this is why. States that are “business friendly” structure revenues such that much of the cost of doing business in those states is externalized to the employees. Business insurance is cheap. Your health insurance at work actually costs less than your share of the premium, with the additional amount paid being kicked back to your employer as an aggregator fee. Your company’s discount code on whatever website? That’s just another aggregator kickback fee. You can buy the same things cheaper elsewhere.

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