Policy & Transportation Digest

President Trump and Governor Scott talk Health Care and Cuba

During the President’s visit this week, he and the Governor had a private meeting to discuss issues important to Florida including affordable health care and Cuba.

Uber Hires Engineer to develop to work on Flying Cars

Uber has hired a NASA veteran Engineer Mark Moore to work on the entitative called Uber Elevate.

Moffitt Day at the Florida Capitol

Over 75 people including the wife of former Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden travel to the Capitol in Tallahassee to support one of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s top priorities for 2017, legislation that will increase Moffitt Cancer Center’s portion of the cigarette tax.


What happened in Tallahassee this week:

This week HB 221 General Transportation Network Companies sponsored by Representative Sprowls and Representative Grant passed its first committee in the Florida House by a vote of 14-1.

 The bill will allow for a statewide set of standards governing and authorizing ridesharing services and transportation network companies in Florida.  A companion bill is expected to be heard a Senate Committee meeting later in February.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce supports this bill.


Also, this week, PCB CCS 17-01 Economic Programs
sponsored by Careers & Competition Subcommittee passed by a vote of 10-5. 

The bill will eliminate economic incentives and tourist marketing dollars. It also calls for the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. 

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill.

 

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

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate

Policy & Transportation Digest

Governor Scott Releases Budget Proposal

Governor Rick Scott released his “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget this week.  Highlights include a $618 million in tax cuts and $85 million dollars for economic incentives.  Also noted by the Governor are funding increases in education and the environment.

Uber and Daimler Strike a Deal for Self-Driving Cars

Daimler and Uber have signed an agreement to combine technology in the future.  While specifics of the deal were not released, it could change the way autonomous vehicles and ridesharing operates in the future.

Florida Business Leaders Share their Concerns for Cuts to Incentives Programs

In reaction to a bill filed in the Florida House to eliminate Enterprise Florida, business leaders from across the state express their concerns about how the loss of incentives will affect the state’s economy.

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

  • Appropriations request for Tampa Bay
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate

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Uber Self Driving Cars in California

After confusion regarding the legality of operating in California, Uber is now operating, for mapping purposes only, in San Francisco.

Governor Scott Unveils Business Rent Tax plan

The Governor will again support the move to reduce the taxes paid on  commercial leases. As a top priority during the 2017 Legislative Session that begins in March, the Governor has said that he believes that a reduction in the Florida only tax  will help businesses grow.

Atlanta First Stop in Autonomous Bus Tour

A driverless bus visited Altanta as a first stop on a cross country bus tour.  Other cities on the tour for the Washington D.C. based technology firm include Arlington, Texas., Los Angeles, California, and San Jose, California.

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

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate

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Florida House on You Tube
This week Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran released a video of members discussing their representation of Florida.  A couple new Tampa lawmakers are featured in the video.

Lyft Proposes New Incentives for Carpooling
The founders of Lyft this week talked about encouraging drivers to carpool by charging a fee for those who drive alone on congested streets.  They believe this will result in more drivers choosing to carpool or use alternative forms of transportation causing less traffic congestion.

FDOT Updates Tampa City Council on Tampa Bay Express
During their regular meeting this week, the Tampa City Council received an update on TBX from the Florida Department of Transportation.  The update included why FDOT decided to call for a “reset” of the project.
As things are changing in Tallahassee and in Washington D.C., the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.  Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate

Policy & Transportation Digest

US Department of Transportation releases final report on Future of Traffic

Beyond Traffic 2045 looks at the transportation challenges that face the nation over the next 30 years. The report predicts that the current system of transportation will not be able to support the demands of the country over the next three decades.

Tampa Bay is one of the top 10 most dangerous areas for Pedestrian

In a report released by Smart Growth America, the top most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are in Florida with Tampa Bay ranking number 7.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transportation Authority names new Chair

On Monday, the HART board of directors voted to approve County Commissioner Les Miller as the boards new Chairman.  Commissioner Miller replaces City Council Chairman Mike Suarez as the board’s chair.

Cross-Bay Ferry’s Second Month of Ridership Numbers Reported

The Cross-Bay Ferry is reporting strong ridership numbers for the month of December. In its second month of operation, there have been 13,000 passengers traveling between Tampa and St. Petersburg.  The Ferry contract will run from November 2016 through April 2017.

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

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate

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Here are some of the things happening this week:

Tampa International Continues to Grow

Last week the Chamber’s Transportation Advisory Committee had a behind the scenes tour of Tampa International Airport.  Here is a video that highlights some of the changes at TIA.

A Bill Filed in the Florida House and Senate Could Impact the Rays

This week, bills were filed by Representative  Bryan Avila and Senator Greg Steube that could impact the Tampa Bay Rays search for a new stadium in Florida. The bills will prevent any professional sports franchise from leasing government owned land.

Senators Nelson and Rubio Agree on NIH Funding for Moffitt 

Both Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Marco Rubio praised a bill that passed the Senate this week.  The bill will remove potential cuts to funding for Moffitt Cancer Center. The “21st Century Cures Act,” will help cancer research, mental health funding and substance addition among other medical advancements and treatments.

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

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp rate increases

Policy & Transportation Digest

 

Uber Regulations in Europe

Like the US, Europe is facing question of how to regulate Transportation Networking Companies throughout the region.

Florida House Speaker warns of Budget Deficit

Speaker Corcoran talked this week about the possibility that the Legislature could be faced with a budget deficit by the beginning of the 2017 session in March.

Florida leads the Nation in Autonomous Vehicle Development

During the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit in Tampa this week, experts spoke about how advanced the state is in the discussion and implementation of driverless vehicles.

 

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

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Overtime regulations changes and legal rulings
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay

 

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