Rep. Steve Crisafulli May Legislative Report

By  //  June 1, 2014

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More Jobs Coming to Brevard

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The 2014 Legislative Session ended earlier this month, and I am thankful to be back home in the district.

I am looking forward to meeting with you at my office or at events around our community to discuss issues important to you.

Please do not hesitate to contact my district office if you would like to set up a meeting with me or a member of my staff or have me or someone from my office attend a meeting of your civic organization.

Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies Runs Through June 8

The Legislature passed $500 million in tax and fee relief to Floridians during the 2014 Legislative Session - the largest tax and fee cut of its kind in over a decade. (Florida House Republicans Image)

The Legislature passed $500 million in tax and fee relief to Floridians during the 2014 Legislative Session – the largest tax and fee cut of its kind in over a decade. (Florida House Republicans Image)

Some of the tax relief comes in the form of sales tax holidays, the first of which begins today and runs through June 8th. This sales tax holiday is for hurricane preparedness supplies. The graphic below details the items you can purchase sales tax free between now and June 8th. Be sure to take advantage of these savings.

More Jobs Coming to Brevard

May was a great month for jobs news in Brevard. First, Northrup Grumman announced it would be creating 1,800 high-paying jobs to Brevard County over the next several years with a capital investment of $500 million in our community. This is tremendous news – these much-needed jobs will be a true boon for the Space Coast’s economy.

NORTHROP-LOGO-300We also learned that 34,000 jobs were created in Florida in the month of April. Florida’s unemployment rate fell from 6.3% to 6.2%, while Brevard’s unemployment rate fell from 7.0% to 6.3%. Over 600,000 jobs have been created in Florida since December 2010 – this is one of the most dramatic economic turnarounds in the country.

And, VISIT Florida released preliminary estimates that show a record 26.7 million visitors came to Florida in the first quarter of 2014 (January-March). This is an increase of 2.0 percent over the same period in 2013. The average number of direct travel related jobs in the first quarter of 2014 was also a record high, with 1,125,300 Floridians employed in the tourism industry; up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2013.

I firmly believe that Florida’s economy is moving in the right direction, and our conservative economic policies are expanding opportunities for Floridians across the state to find work and provide for their families.


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