Providing an inside look into its decision-making process, the Florida Chamber of Commerce recently released this year’s edition of its annual “How They Voted,” denoting House Speaker Steve Crisafulli as 2016’s Most Valuable Legislator (MVL).
“While others talk about Florida’s long-term future, Speaker Crisafulli actively charges forward toward what is right for our state and knows firsthand the importance of fighting for free-enterprise principles,” David Hart, the chamber’s EVP, said. “His dedication to seeing beyond short-sighted political platforms and his willingness to pass bipartisan efforts has made all the difference for our state.”
Crisafulli (R-District 51), visibly at the forefront of Florida’s water sustainability movement, previously earned kudos from the chamber in the form of its Distinguished Advocate award. In addition to ecological concerns, he has worked diligently to modernize the state’s pension system.
“The Florida Chamber has been an important ally in our efforts to secure Florida’s future during my two years as Speaker,” Crisafulli said. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work closely with their members and staff in the push for a better business climate, regulatory reform and comprehensive water solutions.”
“How They Voted” is an innovative publication in its transparency, allowing constituents to better understand details of the state government’s decisions. Like a report card, it arranges composite “grades’ for the state’s 160 lawmakers to enable businesses and individual voters to know who specifically voted for or against job creation initiatives in Florida.
“Fighting for our state’s long-term interest isn’t always popular or easy and it’s not a task that can be done alone,” Crisafulli said. “Thanks to the Florida Chamber’s commitment to the free enterprise principles that make our state the best state in the nation, I believe we moved Florida forward to a brighter future.”
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