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Foster Care Program for Teen Drivers Headed to Governor's Desk

April 7, 2017 - 12:30pm

As young people transition to adulthood, earning their driver’s license provides a certain level of independence and economic mobility -- a vehicle, if you will, to go places in life.
Whether heading to school or work, the doctor’s office or the grocery store, having the ability to drive is a necessity most Floridians take for granted. 

Save Jobs While Providing Less Harmful Vapor Products

April 6, 2017 - 5:15pm

The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) is the only statewide economic development organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Hispanic business community. We have 38 chapters in Florida and work with more than 80,000 minority-owned businesses, many of whom are in the grocery and convenience store industry.

Business Rent Tax Stifles Florida’s Economic Future

April 6, 2017 - 1:15pm

The business rent tax is the only state-sanctioned sales tax on commercial leases in the entire country and Florida is the not-so-proud holder of that title. Not even tax-happy havens like California and New York impose this state tax on its businesses. Due to this burdensome tax, Florida businesses shell out more than $1.7 billion dollars every year to the state. As a result, our state economy dramatically suffers in the form of suppressed job growth and economic activity.

Megabrew Legislation Threatens Craft Brewers

April 3, 2017 - 6:15pm

A bill permitting big brewers to give away branded glassware to bars and restaurants is sailing through the Legislature.  Currently, retailers must buy such glassware at cost.  The proposed legislation, HB 853 (Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge) and SB 1040 (Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami) could shut Florida’s craft brewers out of your favorite pub.

Time to Hold the CFPB Accountable

April 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

Since I was first elected to Congress, I have fought to hold government agencies and Washington bureaucrats more accountable to Floridians and all Americans. Unfortunately, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to operate in a manner unaccountable to Congress, the president and American taxpayers.

Florida Residents Like Vacation Rentals

March 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

A recent poll from Mason-Dixon research showed that Florida residents overwhelmingly support vacation rentals. An astonishing 93 percent of respondents believe Florida visitors should be allowed to stay in accommodations other than hotels.

U.S. Policy Must Aim for Dismantlement of Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

March 30, 2017 - 10:30am

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the  chairwoman of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, ,held a hearing on “Testing the Limits: Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program, Sanctions, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Wednesday. Her opening remarks were as follows:

Ringling Bros Circus: The End of an Era

March 29, 2017 - 2:45pm

From ring to ring, you have entertained. From generation to generation, you have brought families together. You have invited us in to witness and be a part of the Greatest Show on Earth.

Aramis Ayala Should Do Her Job or Leave

March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

Regardless of the profession, if an individual cannot or will not perform their duties, then they must vacate that position.  Such is the case with State Attorney Aramis Ayala who refuses to pursue any death penalty cases while in office.  In particular, Ayala refused to seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd who is accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and murdering of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton.  

Tear Down the Wall and Let the Free Market In

March 29, 2017 - 10:30am

ABC Fine Wine & Liquors, Florida’s largest alcohol retail chain, struck a deal last year with a mobile app service to start offering one-hour alcohol delivery with the click of a smartphone. 

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