| 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 –...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 1:05 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida shoppers could get sales-tax "holidays" on computers, hurricane supplies, dryers, toilets, gym memberships and a raft of other goods under a plan advanced in the state House Wednesday.
Lawmakers are using the state's budget...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:02 PM
District 2: Aronson knows her community the most
Five candidates with varying backgrounds and experience filed to run for the Broward County Commission District 2 spot in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary. No Republicans have filed to run for this seat, so...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 10:52 AM
The property tax rate is staying the same as last year, but homeowners will pay more in taxes.
The proposed budget calls for a tax rate of $5.8772 for every $1,000 in taxable value, but property values have increased almost 8 percent in the last year....
| Jul 28, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Commissioners say they will lower the town's property tax rate this year. They just have to decide by how much.
Property owners will see a proposed 3.3 percent drop in the town's rate on preliminary tax notices to be mailed in August, but officials hope...
| 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...