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Tax Plan Stirs Controversy Over Schools, Airports

February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
House Ways and Means Committee

Over objections that more money would flow away from public schools and that airport projects could be grounded, the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday approved a nearly $350 million tax package that would help farmers impacted by Hurricane Irma and lower a lease tax on businesses.

House Readies 'Across the Board' Tax Package

February 13, 2018 - 6:45pm
Rep. Paul Renner

Farmers, nursing homes and property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma could receive tax relief as part of a $332.7 million package that will be introduced Wednesday in the Florida House.

Backroom Briefing: Corcoran, Gillum Take the Stage

February 8, 2018 - 7:15pm
Richard Corcoran and Andrew Gillum

Floridians will get an honest-to-goodness, face-to-face debate over immigration policy and “sanctuary cities” next week as Republican Richard Corcoran and Democrat Andrew Gillum try to boost their poll numbers in the race for governor.

But it doesn’t appear that any other governor hopefuls are clamoring to join them on the TV-studio stage.

Corcoran, the House speaker who is widely expected to run for governor, and Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who is an announced candidate, have agreed to square off Tuesday night about immigration issues after engaging in a Twitter battle.

Lawmakers Seek Common Ground on Florida Forever

February 6, 2018 - 8:00pm
Matt Caldwell

Lawmakers are continuing to work on restocking Florida Forever, the state’s once-prized land preservation program.

Bill Targeting 'Sanctuary Cities' Stalls in the Senate

January 30, 2018 - 5:15pm
Aaron Bean

A controversial measure that would ban “sanctuary cities” in Florida stalled Tuesday in the Senate but is already playing a role in the 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

Senators Move Forward With Plan to Limit Taxes

January 29, 2018 - 5:30pm

A proposal that would make it tougher for future state lawmakers to raise taxes advanced Monday through its first Senate panel, though the proposal would not go as far as a tax limit approved by the House.

Death Spurs Lawmakers to Look at Airboat Operators

January 22, 2018 - 6:45pm

Commercial airboat operators would have to complete a state-approved course before taking on passengers under a measure --- named for a 22-year-old woman killed last year --- that started moving through the Senate on Monday.

Backroom Briefing: Scott Gets Chilly Reception

January 18, 2018 - 1:45pm

Winter weather, which shut down much of Louisiana on Wednesday, put an abrupt end to Gov. Rick Scott’s half-day business-recruitment excursion to the Pelican State.

Don't Hold Your Breath for the SB 10 Reservoir

January 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

After receiving legislative approval last spring, a massive reservoir intended to help shift water south from Lake Okeechobee remains years away from reality, the head of the South Florida Water Management District said Wednesday.

A big factor in the timeline for design and construction of the reservoir is waiting for federal-government approval of its half of the roughly $1.6 billion project, district Executive Director Ernie Marks told members of the House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee.

Controversial CRC Environmental Proposal Is Dead

January 12, 2018 - 11:30am
Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Tom Lee and Herschel Vinyard

After drawing widespread opposition from business and agriculture groups, a proposal to redefine legal standing for Floridians on environmental issues won’t go before voters in November.

The Judicial Committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Friday unanimously rejected the proposal (P 23), filed by commission member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, with opponents saying it was too broad.



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