| Jun 2, 2014
| 9:13 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed a record $77 billion, election-year budget Monday that boosts spending on schools and the environment while sparing hundreds of millions in local projects from the threat of vetoes.
The spending plan for the...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:33 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Ranches describes itself glowingly as a rural, Old Florida time-warp of a town near Fort Lauderdale, complete with “donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.”
But the farming community of 7,000 on the...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 3:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects.
With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers are beefing up the cash for Gov. Rick Scott to dole out to companies willing to re-locate or create new jobs here.
But the governor’s jobs agencies in charge of closing those deals couldn’t spend more...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:04 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- In a $75 billion budget stuffed with hometown goodies, lawmakers Tuesday agreed to fund the expansion of a bike trail through Central Florida, a gun range in Brevard County, and a raft of other pet projects.
Those two projects demonstrate...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:13 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers completed their wrench-work on a $75 billion budget which boosts spending on classrooms and steers $171 million into trying to clean up pollution-wrecked waterways.
House and Senate budget-writers had been wrangling...
| 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.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers eager to cut taxes and boost spending in an election-year got $124 million more reasons Wednesday.
State economists revised Florida's revenue forecast upward by that amount for the fiscal year beginning in July on the...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 8:08 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Here's Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State speech to lawmakers:
Good morning, Chief Justice Polston and distinguished members of the Supreme Court.
Welcome Attorney General Pam Bondi,
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater,...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 3:04 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford used his opening-day speech to urge his membership to focus on "policy, not politics" over the two-month session.
Two hours later, Gov. Rick Scott gave what amounts to a campaign-speech on the House floor,...
| 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 –...