Congressman Ron DeSantis
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With a focus on maintaining the state’s economic growth, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it’s backing Republican Ron DeSantis for governor. The Chamber’s Political Council announced the endorsement in conjunction with the Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum held in Orlando.

“As we focus on securing Florida’s future, local businesses will need to create 1.7 million net new jobs by 2030. Ron DeSantis has a plan to help make Florida more competitive, to help ensure families can prosper through job creation and a strong economy, and to help ensure Florida’s business climate remains strong and vibrant,” said Will Weatherford, Chair, Florida Chamber Political Council and a former Speaker of the Florida House. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse Ron DeSantis as Florida’s next Governor.”

Florida’s economy seems to be in overdrive. One out of ever 11 American jobs generates in Florida, the state’s economy for the first time tops $1 trillion and the unemployment rate is the lowest its been in more than a decade.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Florida Chamber. I’m committed to building on our state’s success by keeping taxes low, reducing burdensome regulations, and diversifying our economy with industries such as manufacturing and financial services. As Governor, I will always work to create more high-paying jobs for Floridians and make Florida the best state in the country for business. I look forward to working with the Florida Chamber to accomplish these things and more,” said Ron DeSantis.

The Florida Chamber’s endorsement should really come as no surprise. The Chamber has been openly critical of Democrat Andrew Gillum’s proposal to raise corporate taxes by $1 billion – that’s a 40 percent increase.  The Chamber believes if implemented, a tax increase could stifle Florida’s economic growth.

DeSantis and his running mate State Representative Jeanette Nuñez were in Orlando for the Chamber’s announcement.