Building a 21st century economy in Florida | Opinion


As a new legislative session kicks off this week, a few thoughts on the current status quo in Tallahassee. Why are state lawmakers content to continue legislating with a 20th century mindset for the 21st century?

Case in point: Amazon. The online retailer is currently in the midst of a nationwide search for the home of its new headquarters, HQ2, and cities across Florida are chomping at the bit. South Florida, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville have put forth bids to reel in this economic powerhouse. The commotion is absolutely justified. Estimated to bring in 50,000 high-paying jobs and over $5 billion, it’s plainly obvious what Amazon would mean for our communities and for our state.