Business Monday

What CEOs would tell Florida lawmakers in one sentence

This week’s question: If you could put one sentence in front of every lawmaker in Florida, what would it be?

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Please spend our money wisely.

Ramon Abadin, president, the Florida Bar, and partner, Sedgwick Law Firm

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Approve every mass transit project that comes across your desk. (Including Hyperloop and driverless cars.)

Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos

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Listen to your constituents — not private-sector interests — when making legislative decisions that will impact our community for decades to come.

Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)

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It would be simple: “The needs of the people are first.”

Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University

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Keep it simple by focusing on sensible legislation that promotes growth and makes it easy for businesses to get things done. For example, tourism is among the most critical industries in Florida and yet the State Senate is voting to divert Tourist Development Taxes intended for marketing purposes to other government services. This change could negatively impact tourism, creating a trickle-down effect in many sectors of the economy.

Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami

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“Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.”

Miriam Lopez, president/chief lending officer, Marquis Bank

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Work together on behalf of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens — our children, our elderly, our families living in poverty or on the edge of it — and be their champions for a better life.

Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade

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Let’s continue to foster an environment where small- and medium-sized businesses can grow and prosper. Florida is one of the best states in which to be a business owner, and we need to keep moving in that direction. Our business-friendly policies, key geographic location and climate differentiate us from other locations. People continue to look for opportunities to be entrepreneurs here.

Mike Parra, CEO for DHL Express Americas

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The popular phrase “Think globally, act locally!” comes to mind. I believe that a strategic “global” view of Florida as a whole is key to making decisions that will benefit all of us. I challenge our lawmakers to broaden their scope and take a look at the big picture and how it impacts the region they represent, as opposed to solely focusing on their specific community.

M. John Richard, president, CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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Support SB96: Florida High School graduates need financial literacy.

Ania Rodriguez, CEO of Key Lime Interactive

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Can you explain why funding, per student, for public school education has decreased to a level below that of when the Florida Lotto was implemented?

Rachel Sapoznik, CEO & president, Sapoznik Insurance

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Everybody deserves a second chance.

Ginny Simon, founder, CEO, ginnybakes

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