Saturday, May 30, 2020
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., wrote GSA on the matter this week. The two congressmen called on GSA to use those per diem rates through at least FY 2022, insisting doing so would help Florida’s tourism industry, though they would prefer GSA to use those rates until FY2026. 
Patronis announced at the state Cabinet meeting on Thursday that his office will request “that private vendors to the state of Florida verify whether they are majority-owned by United States interests” which “will be used to better identify businesses that are majority-Communist Party of China owned that do business with the state of Florida.”
The Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) released a report on Tuesday showing revenue in Florida dropped $878 million below estimates last month and is now down more than $675 million compared to this time in 2019.
Adding to the problem, only around a quarter of Floridians say they always follow a monthly budget.
The bill would also send $300 million to organizations helping small business owners; $50 million for minority business centers which will be used to offer technical and online training; and another $50 million for centers supporting small businesses and businesses owned by women.
Closed sales of single-family homes across the state in April dropped 20.7 percent compared to April 2019 while condo-townhouse sales fell 36.5 percent over that period. Still, there was a quantum of good news. 
Many retail stores, restaurants and other businesses in select industries are already partially open. Scammers may try to exploit the now expanding marketplace to take advantage of consumers and small businesses.
“The trucking industry is victim to bureaucratic rules that delay deliveries and hinder safety procedures,” Steube said on Tuesday.
Spano introduced the “Keep Employee’s Earnings Protected (KEEP) Act” which would create a three month abatement period. 
The CFO’s office noted Patronis “is working with stakeholders to craft legislation that will head-off frivolous lawsuits in order to protect Florida’s economy and get Florida back to work.”