Economic Development Leads to Prosperity for Florida’s Cities
Florida League of Cities Looks Forward to Working with Governor Rick Scott
on Economic Development Efforts
CONTACT: John Thomas
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Florida Governor Rick Scott delivered his third State of the State address this morning with a strong focus on job creation and economic development. Citing Florida’s improved unemployment rate, which is now hovering around the national average of just under eight percent, Governor Scott made it clear that Florida is dedicated to job creation and economic opportunity. “Our economy has created around 200,000 new private sector jobs in the last two years…meaning that thousands of Florida families now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Governor Scott said.
Economic development is still a priority issue for Florida’s cities and the League will continue to work with the governor and elected officials to create legislation that helps small businesses prosper with economic development resources. The success of small businesses has a significant impact on the prosperity of local communities. While the Florida League of Cities supports many of the governor’s efforts to help stimulate economic growth at the local level, the League does have concerns about some specific provisions and looks forward to further discussions on economic development efforts to help Florida’s cities.
In addition to economic development efforts, the Florida League of Cities believes there are numerous other issues facing municipalities that need to be addressed by Florida’s lawmakers. One of the biggest issues currently standing in the way of cities’ growth and prosperity is the union-backed, state-mandated burden on local taxpayers created by municipal pension costs soaring to unsustainable limits.
The Florida League of Cities opposes unfunded mandates from any level of government and will continue to advocate for legislation that ensures local city leaders are not held accountable for decisions made by others who live far away and are do not feel the fiscal impact on local taxpayers.
Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. Florida’s cities are formed by their citizens and governed by their citizens. The League is founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy. For more information, visit www.floridaleagueofcities.com.Tweet