Veteran Florida Reporters Calling Auto Insurance Fraud a “$1 Billion Dollar Tax Increase on Floridians”
During an on-camera report this week, veteran Florida reporters Mary Ellen Klas (Miami Herald) and Steve Bosque (Tampa Bay Times) called the potential failure of the legislature to pass meaningful auto insurance reform (AKA PIP Reform) a "$1 billion dollar tax increase on Floridians."
In a year when the legislature is poised to pass a budget free of new taxes, unless the legislature brings meaningful PIP reform to the Governor’s desk, Florida could be dealing with a situation where the real taxes were raised by the $1 billion dollar auto fraud and the attorney’s tax is still in play.
Members, please call your legislator today and ask them to pass the Florida Chamber-backed PIP reform legislation.
- Auto insurance fraud is a billion dollar problem in Florida
- Support SB 1860 by Sen. Negron and pass meaningful auto insurance reform
- Please address the three primary cost-drivers:
- Staged accidents,
- Fraudulent claims, and
- Attorney's fees.
To view the on camera report by two of Florida’s veteran reporters, Mary Ellen Klass and Steve Bosque, click here.
"I have met with many concerned Floridians across the state on this issue. They are afraid of staged accidents, they are afraid of being victims of these accidents and afraid of how these accidents can impact their insurance rates. I urge the Senate and the House to work together on a comprehensive package that will actually get to the root of the problem and address this issue once and for all," said Governor Scott. "This is a tax on Floridians, plain and simple. Because you live in Florida and have a law that has been improperly used, it costs more to live in our state. We have to fix this."