Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislators are discussing coming together to address this potential problem with COVID-19 liability protections.  I applaud them, and I know that our veteran-owned small businesses do the same.  We must do everything we can to speed up our economic recovery.
This week, FTW unveiled “2021 Economic Preview: An Uncertain Yet Hopeful Year of Growth,” a report looking at the state’s economy. 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., isn’t using the phrase “America first” but the policies he is advocating as President Donald Trump prepares to leave office are a reminder that the outgoing president’s legacy with the GOP will last after he leaves the Oval Office.
The resolutions were introduced two weeks ago by Pennsylvania Republicans U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler. Diaz-Balart and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, are the original co-sponsors in the House. 
“This year was largely shaped by an unprecedented global health crisis. We continue to work collaboratively with local, state, and national leaders, organizations and entities to address COVID-19 for the people of Florida. Our focus remains on protecting the elderly and developing a plan for vaccine distribution and enhanced therapeutics,” said Nuñez.
Now the county is moving forward to punish businesses that don’t follow the rules, since they cannot fine individuals. At the start of the month, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings called this time a “critical juncture," insisting it is critical that businesses follow the rules.
“This has been a year of challenges, but it has also been a year of historic feats, innovation and resiliency. With record investments in education and the environment, continued funding for mental health and substance abuse initiatives, a seamless and successful election season, increased support for Florida’s military and veterans and more, 2020 was yet another successful year for our state,” DeSantis said. 
Back in June, the two senators introduced the resolution. They also paired up on the “Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Online Act” which will make online goods list their country of origin.
Patronis recently called on Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) to put consumers first and to work with the appropriate lenders and ratings agencies to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.
Florida lost 1,178,100 jobs from February to April but has seen almost 695,000 of them gained back.