The business-centered agency, Enterprise Florida has found itself a new leader. Former Executive Director of South Florida’s Water Management District and General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott, Pete Antonacci is taking over the reins.
After a bare knuckle legislative fight, lawmakers are revisiting their decision to slash funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The governor sees the agencies as vital to growing the state economy.
Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week. The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.
The Florida House wants to eliminate Enterprise Florida, an agency responsible for recruiting businesses to the state. But some worry the House’s crusade against one agency could hamper broader economic efforts.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority. The lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott touted new jobs, a growing economy and tax cuts in his State of the State speech Tuesday. But Democratic lawmakers say Scott’s policies are benefitting corporations at the expense of Floridians.
One of the big debates taking shape this legislative session is about state involvement in economic development. The capitol’s powerbrokers are picking sides in the battle, which is threatening to derail session before it even begins.
Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. Murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget. Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter.
The Florida House is tightening the noose around two state agencies. The idea faces high hurdles in the Senate and the governor’s mansion, but the fight sets the stage for big cuts as lawmakers develop spending plans.
A philosophical debate is taking shape in the Florida Capitol about what role the government should play in the economy. How lawmakers come down on economic development programs could have real consequences for Governor Rick Scott’s top priorities.
A fight over conservative principles in the Florida Capitol took an interesting turn this week, sweeping up the rapper Pitbull and even landing on the celebrity gossip site TMZ. The fight over economic development programs hints at the conflicts that could drive the upcoming session.