Craft Breweries are prohibited by law (Three-Tier System) from distributing directly to retailers and are required to sell their beer to distributors, who then sell to retailers. Using a distributor can be an efficient way to get products into the marketplace — when it is voluntary. But mandatory wholesaling can prevent other competitive business models from emerging, especially small breweries.Read more
HB 161 Specifies that direct primary care agreement does not constitute insurance & is not subject to Florida Insurance Code
HB 161 provides that a direct primary agreement and the act of entering into such an agreement are not insurance and not subject to regulation under the Florida Insurance Code and exempts a primary care provider, which includes a primary care group practice, or his or her agent, from any certification or license requirements in the Code for marketing, selling, or offering to sell an agreement.Read more
Comments on PCB CCS 17-01
By Paul Henry
February 7, 2017
Mr. Chairman, I’m speaking today as both a lobbyist for the Liberty First network and also as your neighbor in Jefferson County. I’ve seen firsthand the end result of so-called economic development via government incentives and will address them shortly. In the interest of time, I’m only going to touch on three areas of this 172 page bill: The DEO, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida.Read more
The House Careers and Competition Subcommittee recently held a panel discussion with economist and government officials to review economic incentive programs (aka, corporate welfare). Amy Baker, the state’s chief economist gave a presentation on the return on investment of taxpayer money for the various economic incentive programs.
The question was, are these incentive programs working?
The answer was decidedly negative.Read more
If the tax you pay this year is higher than the tax you paid last year, that is a tax increase. To say otherwise is like denying gravity.
For the second year, Governor Scott wants to increase spending on education on the backs of property owners and has proposed an education budget of $21 billion. Of the $21 billion education budget, almost half would come from the “required local effort” portion of your property taxes. Florida property owners will see a $558 million property tax increase from last year.Read more
Tuesday, February 7th is a big day for repealing red light cameras. SB 178 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee at 2:00 on Tuesday February 7th. On January 27th, HB 6007 passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee 13-1. Many legislators that sit on that subcommittee told Paul Henry and John Hallman that they were receiving hundreds of calls to repeal the cameras. We need the same effort for the Senate Transportation Committee.
Your phone calls and e-mails are making a difference, so let’s keep it going leading up to Tuesday.Read more
Governor Rick Scott has announced a recently commissioned poll to try to show support for his failing economic incentive programs. The term “economic incentives” is misleading, economists refer to “economic incentive programs” as “corporate welfare”. Corporate Welfare is the policy of granting special privileges to selected hand-picked companies, which gives them an advantage over their competitors and creates an uneven playing field.
“THEY’RE INHERENTLY UNFAIR. SOME OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD BUILDING THEIR BUSINESSES AND YOU’RE DANGLING CARROTS FOR NEW BUSINESSES WHO’LL GRAB THE GOLDEN RING AT THE LAST MINUTE WHILE YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE PAYING THE BILL”.
Professor Shawn Kantor, an economist at Florida State University
Many of these subsidized businesses never create the jobs they promised and many have gone bankrupt. Here is a headline from the Bradenton Herald on January 13:
State economist says 70 percent of Florida’s incentive programs are losing moneyRead more
HB 6007 which will repeal Red Light Cameras will be heard in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 1:00 PM.Read more
We held the Liberty First Network Legislative agenda call on January 5th at 7:00 PM.
Click on the link below to listen to a recording of this call.
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