| Apr 27, 2014
| 1:14 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers trying to divide $1.3 billion in surplus cash haggled through the weekend over hometown water and education projects, health-care needs and hundreds of other dueling spending priorities.
| May 12, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Everything from road repairs to the Sheriff’s Office could be on the chopping block due to a looming Palm Beach County budget shortfall, county commissioners learned Monday.
Even with a rebounding economy boosting property values and tax revenues,...
| May 3, 2014
| 9:54 PM
The police station may be falling apart and City Hall is showing its age, but when it comes to major spending projects, commissioners say the focus has to be on water.
The only realistic way to come up with the needed money is for residents to agree...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 12:07 PM
Broward County property values exceeded expectations this year, rising 7.2 percent, another sign of the rebounding real estate market.
Broward Property Appraiser Lori Parrish released the annual tax roll Friday, posting the third straight increase after...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:14 AM
TALLAHASSEE – In Florida budget politics, it pays to be a night owl.
Long after House and Senate budget negotiators have cinched deals on the biggest brick-and-mortar components of their $75 billion spending plan for next fiscal year –...
| May 5, 2014
| 3:03 PM
As a candidate in 2010, Democrat Dannel P. Malloy would often criticize his predecessor, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, for agreeing to state budget deals that called for gimmicks to paper over deficits.
Now, pushed into a corner by a lag in tax...
| Jun 25, 2014
Like a five-star high school recruit in his senior year, college athletics is at a crossroads. Pressure from current players, former players and lawsuits means a system of paying college students to play sports is finally getting serious attention....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:25 PM
Unfortunately, keno lives.
Stop flirting with it, lawmakers, and repeal this unwanted, addictive game.
Keno has traveled a circuitous route. Near the end of last year's legislative session, negotiators inserted — without public hearing or much...
| May 24, 2014
| 8:52 AM
TALLAHASSEE – It was the biggest binge on hometown projects since the pre-Great Recession days.
The Florida Legislature used its best financial outlook in nearly a decade this spring to sprinkle in more taxpayer-funded hometown projects –...
| Apr 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — Two and a half years after President Obama vowed to shift America's diplomatic, economic and military focus to Asia, he will head back to the region this week to try to convince allies and adversaries alike that he really meant it....
| May 23, 2014
| 8:16 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Business-backed Florida TaxWatch Friday singled out nearly $121 million in pet projects lawmakers included in the budget they passed earlier this month as "turkeys" which bypassed normal review processes.
The group is asking Gov. Rick...