Wednesday, November 11, 2015

$15 Day Of Action Protest On Florida Space Coast

Protesters organized by the Space Coast Progressive Alliance rallied outside the Brevard County government center in Viera, Florida.Credit: Phillip Stasik.

VIERA, Florida - Protesters organized by the Space Coast Progressive Alliance rallied outside the Brevard County government center in Viera, Florida on Tuesday, joining a nationwide protest to demand a $15 minimum wage and union rights.

"Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation," the the national campaign website,, states. "We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by."

"These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.'

According to Florida Department of Economic data, Brevard County's median hourly wage has remained just under $16 per hour from 2011-2014, while the average hourly wage hovers just about $21 per hour.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott Starts "$1 Billion Tax Cut Tour" In Brevard County

MELBOURNE, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott will kick off his "$1 Billion Tax Cut Tour" by visiting Northrop Grumman on Florida's Space Coast on Monday at 9:30 a.m. 

Scott's $1 billion tax cut package proposes to permanently eliminate: corporate income tax on manufacturing and retail businesses; taxes on manufacturing machinery and equipment; and taxes on commercial leases. The proposal also would extend the sales tax exemption on college textbooks and back-to-school and hurricane tax holidays.

Just two of the proposals account for most ($940 million) of the $1 billion tax cut package. The biggest portion of the tax cut package is the elimination of corporate income tax on manufacturing and retail businesses, which generates approximately $770 million in tax revenues annually for the Sunshine State. The second largest portion of the tax cut is the elimination of taxes on commercial leases, which brings in around $170 million annually to state coffers. 

“By eliminating the tax on business income for Florida manufacturers – big and small, and all Florida retailers, which include many small businesses all across the state, we are putting job creators on the road to success for years to come. I want Florida to be the small business capital of the world," Scott said in a statement. "Our state is already home to 500,000 small businesses. The more we can cut taxes – like the one on commercial lease – the more we can grow our small businesses in Florida and further diversify our economy to invest in our future."

“Florida is on a roll. Our businesses have added almost one million new jobs over the last four years, but we have more work to do. We can’t only create jobs when the national economy is good. We must cut taxes and diversify our economy so Florida can grow even when the national economy is bad. Florida must compete with Texas, and diversify our economy to guard against another recession.”

As part of his tour, the Governor will also make stops in Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and Panama City.

Photo Credit: Governor's Office