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GOP Leaders Point to Action on Workers' Comp

September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
Jeff Atwater

With Florida businesses facing a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a key Republican senator said they expect lawmakers to take action during the 2017 legislative session.

Putnam Raises Questions about Capitol Upgrades

September 21, 2016 - 6:45pm
Adam Putnam

Emergency repairs to two underground parking decks at the Capitol and planned upgrades to a main entry plaza could reach $75 million.

Department of Management Services Secretary Chad Poppell, whose agency oversees the complex, said officials should have a better grasp on some of the costs in about a month when updated figures are available on the already-closed Senate garage.

"These projects are very complex, about half of the cost is just getting the building ready to work on," Poppell said.

Citrus Land Drop-Off Continues Across Florida

September 13, 2016 - 10:00pm

Coming off their worst harvest in five decades, citrus growers in Florida have fewer acres to work with, as they struggle to maintain the state's signature crop against an incurable bacterial disease.

The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year, according to a survey released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Enterprise Florida Top Job Draws a Crowd

September 12, 2016 - 4:45pm

With dozens of candidates seeking the job, finalists to run Florida's business-recruitment agency could be named later this week.

Enterprise Florida, which remains on pace to select its next president by Sept. 28, received 101 applications for the position. A search committee expects to create a shortlist on Friday.

Supporters, Opponents Put Light Between Solar Measures

August 31, 2016 - 10:45pm
Installing solar

Backers and opponents of a solar-energy proposal on the November ballot aren't making predictions after a separate alternative-energy measure was overwhelmingly approved by voters Tuesday.

Instead of comparing the two measures, the group Consumers for Smart Solar said its "sole focus" is advancing the November ballot proposal. The proposal, known as Amendment 1, is backed by the utility industry and would primarily put into the state Constitution existing rules on the use of solar energy in Florida.

Senate Candidates Pour Money into Primaries

August 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

State Rep. Irv Slosberg, who hopes to move to the Florida Senate by taking down an incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic primary, has dug deep into his personal bank account --- $1.878 million --- for a job that pays about $30,000 a year.

And while Slosberg's self-funding total may dwarf the spending of other primary candidates, he's not alone in using his private fortune to seek office this year.

In primary contests Tuesday, 11 state Senate candidates, including Slosberg, have loaned more than $100,000 to their campaigns, according to finance reports filed last week.

Backroom Briefing: Sins of the Father Emerge in Primary Battle

August 25, 2016 - 11:00pm
Bobby Powell and Michael Steinger

Paternal rap sheets have become an issue in an already-contentious state Senate primary in Palm Beach County.

State Rep. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, and personal-injury attorney Michael Steinger of Palm Beach Gardens had already exchanged volleys about alleged vote-by-mail ballot shenanigans and ties to special interests.

But while that rancor was sadly no different than in many other state and local contests, the acrimony in Senate District 30 reached a different level during the past week.

Trash Program Could Close Lid on Hungry Bears

August 17, 2016 - 7:45pm

The chairman of the state's game commission signed an agreement with a trash and recycling firm Wednesday aimed at reducing human-bear conflicts in Northwest Florida.

Six Republicans Vie in Swing Congressional District

August 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Six Republicans are running to the right as they seek to recapture a nationally watched congressional seat that covers a large part of Florida's Treasure Coast.

Glenn Sutphin Appointed to Run Veterans Affairs

August 2, 2016 - 9:30pm
Glenn Sutphin and Rick Scott

Glenn Sutphin no longer has the interim tag affixed to his title at the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs.

A longtime chief of staff and legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Sutphin was unanimously appointed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet as executive director of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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