A friend of mine and I have a habit of swapping daily quotes with one another. You know, the kind of quotes you see on Facebook with fancy print, pretty pictures and inspirational prose. This quote-swapping habit has a way of brightening spirits, showing support, and providing levity when needed. Today’s quote is:
“If you can’t fly, then run,
If you can’t run, then walk,
If you can’t walk then crawl,
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quote is very timely. Although you aren’t reading this article until May, I am writing it on March 8, 2016, the same day the Florida Legislature released its 2016 budget. Today is the day we learned for certain that FABA’s 2016 effort to pass legislation for tax-free aircraft sales in Florida was unsuccessful. This is also the day I sent an email to the FABA Board of Directors and our superb industry partners (NBAA, AOPA, SFBAA, TBAA, FAC) sharing this news and thanking them for their efforts. To put it mildly, today is a bummer.
With FABA’s seventieth anniversary now upon us, I am reminded how far out of our comfort zone we have stretched during this past year. With the aid of a dedicated board of directors, a knowledgeable and devoted lobbyist in Tallahassee, and many industry friends in Florida and beyond, FABA has pushed its boundaries and taken our legislative efforts to a whole new level with the aircraft sales tax initiative. Even though we did not receive the outcome we hoped for, we learned so many valuable lessons with our economic impact study, the formation of the Florida General Aviation Caucus, testifying before Senate Committees, and engaging legislators on our issues. A few of us even visited Tallahassee frequently enough that we found our way around the maze of hallways in the Florida State Capital building, which is no small feat!
Now that we have turned the page and set our focus on the upcoming 2017 regular legislative session, rest assured that FABA will keep moving forward in Tallahassee championing tax-free aircraft sales in Florida and other issues to better the business environment for aviation in Florida. After seventy years, FABA is still your voice, the voice of aviation, in Tallahassee.
The FABA Board of Directors on February 18, 2016 at Signature Flight Support MCO