Lawmakers have opportunities to further invest in Florida’s workforce this Legislative Session

This op-ed originally appeared in Florida Politics on February 2, 2024.

Florida had much to be proud of in 2023. More Americans moved to Florida than any other state in the country. It was the No. 1 state for educational freedom. Its low taxes, light regulatory touch and respect for individual rights continue to be a model for the nation.

With Florida’s 126th Legislative Session in full swing, legislators intend to maintain their track record of strong, conservative policymaking — and addressing the state’s ongoing workforce shortage is a top priority. According to the latest federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data, there are only 53 workers available for every 100 jobs in Florida. Unemployment is low, and every business in the state is struggling to find enough skilled workers to maintain the economic growth and success Florida has enjoyed over the last few years. The healthcare industry, in particular, continues to face severe challenges, with a projected shortage of nearly 60,000 nurses alone by 2034.

By creating new paths to employment, joining workforce-focused interstate compacts, and enacting occupational licensing recognition legislation, Florida can address its workforce shortage and continue leading the nation in population and economic growth.

Read the full op-ed in Florida Politics.

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