Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce votes to not support City of Tampa Tax Increase

On September 21, 2017, based on a unanimous recommendation from its Public Policy Council, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to not support the City of Tampa’s 2018 budget millage rate increase in its current form due to its impact on businesses. The proposal is part of a $974 million budget that calls for increasing the city’s property tax rate from $5.73 to $6.33 in taxes for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

“After considerable review of the proposed millage increase, we do not agree that there is sufficient justification for the proposed tax increase on residents and businesses,” said Mike Griffin Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

“Business leaders in Tampa make tough budgetary decisions to keep their companies running effectively; we expect that same leadership from our elected officials”, Chamber CEO Bob Rohrlack said. “We recognize the challenges facing the city resulting from previous debts but feel a tax increase to pay for them sets a dangerous precedent.”

Griffin added, “We hope that City Council and Mayor Buckhorn will use their upcoming deliberations to find a solution to our city’s debt challenges that does not raise taxes on residents and businesses and works to maintain our designation as one of the most affordable cities in not only the state but also the country.”

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Tell the Mayor what you think is important

Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to hear from the community about what they think is important for the future of the City of Tampa and its residents.

How do autonomous cars understand the road?

On the Alphabet campus, test tracks are being developed to help advance driverless car technology.

Colorado uses driverless truck to aid road crews

Last week in Denver, the first driverless truck was used as a type of escort to help protect road crews.

Upcoming event:

Professional Development Speaker Series III Engaging Young Professionals in the Political Process
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Tampa Old City Hall
315 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • DOT budget
  • Infrastructure Plan
  • Possible BRAC
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Health Care
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Tampa Bay Next

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President announces new policy on travel to Cuba

Today, President Trump announced changes in the rules that allows Americans to travel to Cuba.  The new restriction reverse some of the changes made by President Obama.

Florida House Speaker talks about schools and local government in Tampa

House Speaker Richard Corcoran was in Tampa today to talk with Tampa Bay residents about the 2017 Legislative Session including the controversial K-12 legislation and bills that limited the scope of local government.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

Policy & Transportation Digest

Governor Rick Scott announces budget deal

Governor Scott agrees to sign the $82.4 billion state budget after reaching deal with Corcoran, Negron

Changes in regulations on travel to Cuba could come soon

Insiders believe  President Trump may soon make changes to the existing regulations on travel to Cuba, which is something that has been anticipated since the President’s inauguration.

Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority looking at changes

In an effort to save money, HART is looking to changing their bus network to provide better service

Governor deciding what to do about budget

Earlier this week, the Legislature sent their 2017-2018 budget package to Governor Scott for action.  The Governor has 15 days from delivery to decide what to do.

Constitution Revision Commission still working on rules

After 2 months, the Constitution Revision Commission is still working on the rules to govern the panel.

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Border Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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President releases infrastructure plan and budget proposal

This week, President Trump released his $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan as well as his proposed budget.  Along with the plan, a “statement of principles”  with the promise of more to come from the administration.

Administration looks at incentives to privatize public assets

The President’s administration is looking into the possibility of providing incentives to  privatizing some  public assets to help the infrastructure plan.

Tourism dollars still may not be secure

The $25 million dollars the Florida Legislature placed in the budget still faces an uncertain future once the bill appropriating the funds is received by Governor Rick Scott

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Possible impact of Homestead Exemption ballot measure on city budget
The City of Tampa’s CFO, Sonya Little told City Council this week that the impact to the city budget could be close to $6 million dollars.

Many Floridians still awaiting changes to Cuban policy
Throughout the state, many advocates on both sides of the debate are anxiously awaiting President Trump’s decision on Cuban policy.

Florida Supreme Court rules against slot machines
This week, the Court ruled in favor of the state who had denied slot machine licenses.  The ruling will affect several counties where voters have approved the use.
As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Bill eliminating the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission passes

During the last week of session, the Florida Senate passed a local bill that will eliminate the PTC, the only like agency in the State of Florida.  The bill will be sent to Governor Scott for signature.

Appropriations bill completed

Late Thursday evening the Senate and House agreed on the details of the $83 billion dollar budget.  Both chambers will vote on Monday after the constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period.

Will Governor Scott veto the budget?

Governor Scott dropped hints this week that he may consider vetoing the entire state budget once it reaches his desk.

 

This week in Tallahassee:

In addition to the beginning of budget negotiations, there were a few bills moving through the process that the Chamber supported.

Public Transportation Commission bill PASSED

The Florida Senate passed HB 647 sponsored by Representatives Jamie Grant and Jackie Toledo. The bill allows for the elimination of the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Supports HB 647

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority PASSED

SB 1672 sponsored by Senator Jack Latvala unanimously passed the House.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports SB 1672/HB 1243.

 

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As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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