Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
American Council of Engineering Consultants of Florida (ACEC-FL/FICE)

Welcome to the American Council of Engineering Consultants of Florida (ACEC-FL) / Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)

Message From the President

Peter M. Moore, PE, LEED AP
2018 ACEC-FL/FICE President

I've given a few speeches recently about the impact of politics on the profession of engineering. From the obvious fact that governments procure a huge amount of engineering services to the fact that the government regulates our industry and the environment, the obvious relation between politics and engineering is quite evident. The fact that we are in the business of engineering, though, makes all the subtle times in which politics and engineering collide all the more important. The Fourth Interim Committee Week just completed in Tallahassee and tax reform is hot and heavy in Washington, so there's plenty to discuss.

In Tallahassee, we're watching Senate Bill 368 move through committees. While the idea of efficient procurement in the State of Florida is a great thing, we can't let enthusiasm for the effort derail our Qualifications Based Selection law, the Consultant's Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA), F.S .287.055. Other bills we continue to monitor have provisions for small business, impacts to the composition of the Florida Building Commission HB 299, discussion of business (not engineering at this point) deregulation and a whole host of other items that impact our businesses in various ways. With some of the recent shakeups in the Florida Senate, it is more important ever that our team in Tallahassee can count on our members for assistance as issues arise

 To view all of President Moore's message continue reading below here


ACEC ACTION ALERT

Member Action Needed to Address Serious Problem in House Tax Reform Bill

Dear ACEC Member:

The House Ways and Means Committee has just released a tax reform plan that could actually raise taxes for engineering firms organized as passthrough businesses, including S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs.  ACEC member firms are asked to contact their Representatives today to express their concerns about the plan.  Click here for more information and to access a sample letter.
 
ACEC has emphasized to Congress that a reformed tax system needs to treat all businesses fairly and equitably, and supports provisions in the bill that lower the top corporate tax rate to 20 percent, and create a new 25 percent rate for passthrough businesses (such as S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs).  However, engineering firms organized as passthroughs—which represent the majority of the industry— are excluded from the 25 percent passthrough rate.  ACEC is asking you to let your Representatives know that all engineering firms should be eligible for lower tax rates.
 
For more information, contact Katharine Mottley at kmottley@acec.org


UPCOMING CONFERENCES

 

Tickets for the ACEC/PAC Last Chance Contest are now available.  

ACEC/PAC is the engineering industry's primary tool for political
engagement at the national level.  Your support of ACEC/PAC
is critical to our federal advocacy efforts.

Click Here to Enter