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**PHOTO RELEASE** CFO Jimmy Patronis at EFI Board Meeting: Florida Leaders Must Oppose Biden’s ‘Hurricane Tax’

9/29/2021

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

**PHOTO RELEASE**
CFO Jimmy Patronis at EFI Board Meeting: Florida Leaders Must Oppose Biden’s ‘Hurricane Tax’

SARASOTA, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis addressed the Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s (EFI) September board meeting where he praised Governor DeSantis for his leadership and criticized the Biden Administration’s proposed $3.5 trillion Public Infrastructure Bill that includes a ‘hurricane tax’ that will increase insurance premiums on all Florida homeowners.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I was proud to join the EFI Board of Directors meeting in Sarasota today. I want to take this opportunity to warn all Floridians about a provision buried within Joe Biden’s ‘Human Infrastructure’ bill that creates a hurricane tax that will increase insurance premiums on all Florida homeowners. These tax hikes are sure to drive up insurance rates, run domestic carriers out of Florida, and what’s worse - make Floridians more vulnerable to hurricanes. We must let Washington know that anything that increases premiums on Floridians is a non-starter.”
 
The non-partisan R-Street Institute estimates that insurance premiums nationwide will increase between $10.8 billion to $20.3 billion a year if this tax plan is signed into law. In Florida, the increase would be especially dramatic, since Florida families would see an annual total premium increase of up to $1.62 billion. That equates to an estimated cost increase of more than $300 per family.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).