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burden for businesses at 119.4 million hours per year, a bill that might have "brought some common sense to the outdated regulatory system in America" never made it to the Senate, even though it sailed through the House.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

Somehow, Conservation Coalition Manages to Give Charlie Crist Another Pass

December 4, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Apparently if you're an environmentalist in Florida, Charlie Crist is like a polar bear in a blizzard. You don't see him.

No, No, Not Newt!

December 1, 2011 - 6:00pm
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Women of the Grand Old Party -- for that matter, men of the GOP -- what could you be thinking? Newt Gingrich? Really?

Rick Scott Did Not -- Repeat, Did Not -- Raise University Tuition

November 29, 2011 - 6:00pm
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While it's fashionable to blame Rick Scott for everything bad but cancer, the governor absolutely, positively had nothing to do with a tuition increase at any Florida university.

Bad Idea to Tax Internet Shopping

November 27, 2011 - 6:00pm

If the Florida Legislature wants to pound another nail in the coffin of the middle class during this long recession, it can go ahead with the ill-conceived idea of eliminating tax-free Internet shopping.

If the States Can Cut, the Feds Can Too

November 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

How come 47 beat-up states can pare their budgets in bad times, but the bloated federal government can't?

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