At Orlando Jobs Summit, business dreams of lower taxes, less regulation and... hiring?
We told you earlier this week about a Jobs Summit in Orlando starting today sponsored by Tallahassee's Republican leaders in the Legislature. St. Petersburg Times reporter Jeff Harrington is there and has filed a report. Here is a piece of it:
ORLANDO — Stopping huge unemployment tax hikes, giving incentives to companies that create jobs, and getting government out of the way emerged as keys themes of the statewide jobs summit here Friday.
The day-long summit, organized by state Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon, is intended to give politicians a road map for battling Florida's 11.5 percent unemployment rate before the legislative session begins in March.
Organizers stopped taking reservations for the event when it maxed out at 350 people, but they believe many more will be flowing in for an open session to discuss the job crises this afternoon.
Haridopolos said he was there to listen, not present his ideas. Nonetheless, prior to the session he said he embraced one suggestion: Rolling back huge unemployment insurance taxes which employers are facing in March.
Instead of forcing high taxes on companies, he said he would rather take hundreds of millions of dollars more in loans from the federal government to prop up the state's depleted unemployment trust fund, which is used to pay unemployment benefits.
Read the entire Times story here. And check out the Orlando Sentinel photos from the Summit here and a Sentinel story here. A Fox TV news video report with Sen. Haridopolos previewing the event is here.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist