Tallahassee, FL – Today the Florida State Rules and Policy Committee cleared H.B. 7005. If passed, the bill would eliminate a number of major corporate welfare programs, including Enterprise Florida’s public-private partnership that hands out taxpayer funds to a few, large benefiting companies at the expense of many hardworking Floridians.
A representative for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Florida, David Velazquez, issued the following statement:
“Many veterans are entrepreneurs and small business owners – they are key drivers of our state economy, not powerful special interests. We commend the Rules and Policy Committee for voting to eliminate cronyism and putting the people of Florida first. Now, the House and Senate must work together to send this important bill to Governor Scott’s desk without delay. All Floridians will benefit from a competitive and free market that will in turn promote economic progress across the Sunshine State.”
After 20 years of operation, Enterprise Florida has negotiated over 1,600 contracts worth more than $1.7 billion, creating only half the number of jobs it originally promised to provide.