Vice President Mike Pence Meets with Farmers on Tax Reform

November 3, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue visited Orlando on Nov. 2 for a roundtable discussion on tax relief.

Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick, FFB Vice President Brantley Schirard, Jr. and
FFB State Director Mark Byrd had the opportunity to participate in the discussion and represent farm families and small business owners on the much needed tax relief. FFB members Christian Spinosa and Bill Lennon were also present.

“The federal estate tax has been a burdensome provision that adds another layer of taxation on our producers,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “We are grateful that this Administration recognizes it is finally time to phase out this immoral tax, as well as address other obvious issues in the federal tax code which are long in need of reforms.”

If enacted, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would repeal the federal estate tax within six years. This “death tax” cripples farm and ranch operations and hurts rural communities and businesses that agriculture supports.

“The death tax interrupts the ability for families to pass along resources and assets to the next generation in ways that ensure the stability and vitality of communities,” said Pence.

 The discussion took place at Correct Craft, an Orlando boat manufacturing company. To listen to audio remarks, visit (timecode for President Hoblick begins at 15:38).