Mon, November 30, 2015
The West Orange Chamber (WOCC) is involved in various local, state and national issues that impact your business. Through the Chamber’s various committees, including the Legislative Task Force, we generate input on pertinent legislative business issues that are important to our Members. This input is provided to the Economic & Governmental Advocacy Committee (EGAC) and the recommendations are developed into the 2016 Legislative Priorities. These priorities are then adopted by the WOCC Board of Directors.
On Thursday, November 19, the WOCC Board of Directors officially adopted the 2016 Legislative Position Paper. The positions on the paper range from funding of local infrastructure to the reduction of burdensome business taxes to creating the right environment for local economic development. The 2016 Legislative Position paper will be presented to State elected officials to educate them on the issues facing West Orange County. To view the 2016 Legislative Position Paper, click here.
In addition to adopting the 2016 Legislative Position Paper, the WOCC Board of Directors passed a joint resolution with the Florida Chamber opposing the Business Rent Tax. The State of Florida is the only state that charges the Business Rent Tax, also known as the also known as the sales tax on commercial leases. This tax discourages new business start-ups and is subjecting existing businesses to disproportionate regulatory burdens, creating instances of double taxation, stifling business expansion and ultimately costing Florida jobs. To view the Resolution, click here.
To learn more about these and other issues, we encourage you to attend one of our EGAC meetings to learn more about how this committee is working for you. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2016, 8:00am at the WOCC office. If you would like to attend, please email Krista Carter. The WOCC is committed to being the leading business advocate in central Florida as we exist to serve by “Facilitating Opportunity”; building partnerships, strong businesses and an unshakeable commitment to West Orange County.