Policy & Transportation Digest

By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

#Yesto20: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted Thursday to support putting on the November ballot a half-cent sales tax of at least 20 years to fund Hillsborough transportation improvements. This comes in advance of the County Commission’s public hearing on June 9 to discuss a 15-year duration, or other durations. The Chamber took the same position in April, prior to the County Commission rejecting 30-year and 20-year durations for a half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

In a statement, the Chamber said, “Voters should have the right to make the decision on the funding of our future transportation options and our elected officials have the responsibility of giving them a viable solution.”

The Chamber has also launched an advocacy campaign in support of the initiative, #Yesto20. Chamber Chair Guy King kicked off the effort with his video comments in support. Follow our website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts to keep up with the latest news on the Chamber’s transportation advocacy efforts.

Workers’ Comp rates could jump 17%: The national board that proposes workers’ compensation rates has asked Florida to consider a 17% rate hike, in response to a state Supreme Court ruling. The National Council on Compensation Insurance submitted the filing to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. If approved, the new rate would start by August 1. Business groups will be campaigning to limit the rate increase.

Upcoming events (register at TampaChamber.com):

Emerge Tampa Bay Young Legislators Panel: Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm
Gridlock! Finding solutions to Tampa’s traffic woes:
Tuesday, June 21, 8:00am
Operation Partnership Civilian Career Day:
Friday, June 24, 8:00am

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