As Florida’s economy crashes, DeSantis says he’s going ahead with $543 million in tax refunds for corporations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to go ahead with more than a half-billion dollars in tax refunds for the state’s largest corporations — even as the state economy crashes amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature committed to the corporate tax refunds — which will total $543 million — two years ago, long…

DEO COVID-19 Resources

Special Edition- Coronavirus (COVID-19) As a partner of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), we care about the success of your business as well as the health and well-being of your employees and all Floridians. Given the current environment, we want to ensure you and your business community has all the up-to-date information to…

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF Rural Housing Service…

COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments

Last week, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order related to the suspension of in-person quorum for local governments. Local governments may utilize communication technology such as telephones and video conferencing to operate and they do not need to meet in a specific place. This executive order does not waive any other requirements under the Florida…

Emergency Bridge Loan FAQs

What are the terms of the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program? Eligible Florida small business applicants can apply for an interest-free, 1-year working capital loan for up to $50,000. For purposes of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, an amount greater than the program maximum ($50,000), up to $100,000 may be applied and awarded if there is…

FLC COVID-19 Update: DeSantis Executive Orders: Public Meetings, Alcohol Sales, Restaurants & Bars

Today, Gov. DeSantis issued three executive orders (EO-69, EO-70 and EO-71) regarding local government public meetings, the closure of certain beaches, and alcohol sales, restaurants and gyms, respectively. All of these orders are linked above and available on our Coronavirus Resources page. Following the issuance of EO-69 (Public Meetings), the League sent a letter to Florida’s municipal attorneys summarizing the…

SMALL BUSINESS TASK FORCE UNVEILS $300 BILLION EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, released the Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act, a $300 billion small…