Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Florida Realtors Chief Economist Dr. Brad O’Connor and Dr. Sean Snaith, the director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness, will share their insights as part of the Florida Realtors’ annual Mid-Winter Business Meetings at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld from Jan. 22 through Jan. 26. 
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement with both senators from Florida backing the measure.
The study shows torts currently cost Florida $10.0 billion in annual direct costs,  $15.5 billion in annual output (gross product), around 167,750 jobs, $811.1 million in annual state revenues and $679.4 million in annual local government revenues and claimed excess torts result in a “tort tax” of $719.01 per person.
On a 370-41 vote, the House passed U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez’s, D-NY, “Prison to Proprietorship Act” which Spano cosponsored. The bill would have Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer entrepreneurship training services to current prisoners in the federal system.
I look forward to continuing our work on these issues together in 2020 and throughout the legislative session,” said Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) Sec. Halsey Beshears.
"Well, in this season of opportunity, we can say there is more out there to achieve for our state – and there is no reason why we can’t seize this moment and deliver for the people of Florida."
“The Florida Chamber’s annual jobs and competitiveness agenda – the Florida Business Agenda – is a set of priorities that will help grow private-sector jobs, continue to create economic opportunity in Florida and further diversify our economy,” said Charles Caulkins, a partner at Fisher Phillips and the chairman of the Florida Chamber.
On Friday, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., brought out the “Freedom from Regulating Edible Supplies and Horticulture Trucking Act” (FRESH Trucking Act) which, he insists, will “improve safety conditions for commercial agricultural drivers by eliminating harmful regulations that can result in dangerous driving practices and spoilage of products.”
In the letter, Rubio urged the commissioners to “bear in mind the harm that noncompete agreements cause to lower-wage working Americans.” 
“Serving as Florida’s twelfth Commissioner of Agriculture has been the greatest honor of my life,” said Fried.