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Proposed Bill Would Modernize H-2A Worker Program 
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act proposes modifying the method for calculating and making adjustments to the H-2A worker minimum wage, specifying how an employer may satisfy requirements that it attempted to recruit U.S. workers, requiring H-2A employers to guarantee certain minimum work hours, making the program available for agricultural work that is not temporary or seasonal, and reserving a visa allocation for the dairy industry.
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Did You Know?

  • As of May 2022, manufacturing employed 410,300 people in Florida, a 25,300 job increase over last year.
  • The Villages® ranked No. 1 on RCLCO, a Bethesda, Maryland-based international real estate consulting firm's list of top selling master-planned communities in 2021, a spot it has held for five consecutive years.
Florida has Surplus of $21.8 Billion
The State of Florida saw a surplus of $21.8 billion for the 2022 fiscal year. The surplus includes $15.7 billion in allocated general revenue, $2.8 billion in allocated trust finds, and $2.7 billion in Budget Stabilization Fund. 
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Warehouse and Distribution Centers See Record Demand
The expansion of e-commerce experienced during the last couple of years has led to record demand in warehouse and distribution centers. Record low vacancy rates are driving companies to sign leases on space that hasn't even been built yet. This is leading builders to build on speculation hoping to fill the space before construction is completed, according to Area Development Magazine. 
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Sumter County Commits to a 9.1% Cut in Property Taxes
On Tuesday, July 12th the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners approved a 9.1% rate cut in property taxes. The 2023 maximum rate will be $5.59 per $1,000 of taxable property value. 
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Featured Business

Metal Industries was established in 1947. The Bushnell Manufacturing Plant has been operating for over 30 years. They provide the highest quality of air distribution products and air terminal units in the HVAC industry. The manufacturing plant in Bushnell currently employs over 150 employees, while the company as a whole employs over 550. Their commitment to quality and delivery is unmatched in the industry with an over 99% on-time delivery rate for over a decade.

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