| Aug 2, 2014
| 11:48 AM
TALLAHASSEE — On his first day back as governor, Charlie Crist says he wants to raise the minimum wage and stop job discrimination against women and gays.
But there's a catch: The Legislature might say no.
Last week, the Democrat pledged a...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 1:23 PM
TALLAHASSEE – There's lots of handwringing from good government/media types these days because another Florida political greenhorn has seemingly locked up enough support to be Florida House speaker in 2020.
The thinking goes that Florida's eight-...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 11:22 AM
WINTER PARK — Gov. Rick Scott brought his "Let's Keep Working" tax-cut tour to the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce on Monday, where he promised to reduce taxes by $1 billion over the next two years if he's re-elected.
The cuts would help...
| 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 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.
| 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 1, 2014
| 9:56 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The Legislature sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan Thursday to create a new Central Florida Expressway Authority which would oversee billions of dollars in regional road-projects.
The Senate voted 36-0 to go along with a House compromise to...
| 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 2, 2014
| 5:31 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- After a half-day standoff, the Florida Legislature voted Friday to let the state's main school-voucher program expand its enrollment in exchange for more oversight of student-performance and the organization running the system.
| 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...