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Counterpoint ... Internet Sales Tax Wrongly Punishes Consumers, E-Commerce

January 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

Virtually all of Florida's largest business organizations are lobbying the Florida Legislature this session to make customers of online retailers pay a sales tax, same as Main Street's bricks-and-mortar customers do.

Orlando: Home of Hotel Fees That Need to Die

January 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

CNN just named Orlando one of the world's top destinations. It is, too -- for those lucky enough to travel on a company credit card or rich enough to put Mickey and friends at the top of the family budget.

Rick Scott: Florida's 2011 Man for All Reasons

The Million-Dollar Embarrassment at Edison State College

December 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

Anybody who wonders why Gov. Rick Scott mixes it up with state colleges and universities need only look at Edison State College in Fort Myers.

FAMU, Penn State Student Protests Misdirected

December 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

When did student protests, once incubators of social and political change in America, become little more than cheering sections for criminal behavior?

'Washington's Regulatory Blizzard' Zaps Job Creation, Costs the Nation Billions

December 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

Some 76,292 pages of regulations were added to the Federal Register in 2011, heaping an estimated $232 billion in new compliance costs on a struggling national economy.

According to Sen. Marco Rubio, even though that puts the paperwork burden for businesses at 119.4 million hours per year, a bill that might have "brought some common sense to the outdated regulatory system in America" never made it to the Senate, even though it sailed through the House.

Rick Scott's Open Government Chief Carolyn Timmann Stepping Down at Year's End

December 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

Carolyn Timmann, director of open government in the executive office of Gov. Rick Scott, confirmed Monday that she will resign her $90,000-a-year post effective the first of the new year.

"I want to run for clerk of the circuit court back home in Martin County," Timmann said. "It's the job I've always wanted and it seems to me all of my training has been leading me to that seat."

Christmas Break: Good Call, Sen. Wise

December 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

Wanting to call the Christmas season Christmas season -- which hasn't been politically correct in Florida for decades -- turned state Sen. Stephen Wise into my new favorite hero.

Bill to Limit Dispensing Physicians' Profits in Workers' Comp Cases Is Victorious in Subcommittee

December 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Despite a majority contingent of speakers testifying on behalf of dispensing physicians, HB 511 -- a bill limiting how much dispensing physicians can charge for their repackaged drugs -- sailed through the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee on Wednesday.

Fort Lauderdale Democrat Evan Jenne was the lone dissenter.

It was a first-round victory for the insurance industry and its business community support group, in particular the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida.

Workers' Comp Wrestlemania: the Insurance Industry vs. the Dispensing Physicians

December 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

All of a sudden a classic David and Goliath struggle is emerging in the Legislature, with the Florida insurance industry muscling up against the minority of physicians in the state who don't send workers' compensation patients to pharmacies but dispense repackaged drugs to injured workers at the point of care -- in their own offices.

The insurance industry claims that physicians overprice for this service. It claims that if the price of physicians' drugs were capped, it would save the state some $62 million in workers' comp rates.



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