| 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 –...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 3:31 PM
HARTFORD — Keeping track of official estimates of Connecticut's state surplus over the past few months has been a little like attempting to describe the flight of a bumblebee: It's down, it's up, down, and there it goes, up again.
All those swerves...
| 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...
| 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 –...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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....
| 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,...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Palm Beach County's property tax rate won't increase, but most tax bills will cost more anyway under a preliminary budget plan county commissioners approved Tuesday.
Commissioners for the fourth year in a row held the line on the tax rate, agreeing to...