| May 13, 2014
| 2:06 PM
Lake Forest has passed a balanced $84.5 million budget, but residents can expect to pay more in taxes and fees and officials say uncertainty remains about the future.
Officials say that by reworking the city's budget, they've pushed back a projected loss...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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 –...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 4:49 PM
RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday proposed a pilot program to expand Medicaid health coverage for the poor for at least two years.
The governor pushed his proposal as a potential break in a logjam on the divisive issue, but it didn't...
| 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...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 3:53 AM
TALLAHASSEE — Turn on a TV and you're going to hear Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist trying to claim credit for stewarding the state’s tourism- and housing-dependent economy through the worst global crash...
| 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...