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  • Clout Street: Senate's 53 budget amendments spread the love

    Clout Street: Senate's 53 budget amendments spread the love
    TALLAHASSEE -- Even with term-limits and greater budget constraints, the Florida Legislature is still clout street when it comes to doling out tax dollars. That reality was on display Thursday when the Senate Appropriations Committee took up its $74.9...
  • Senators approve Central Florida expressway merger

    Senators approve Central Florida expressway merger
    A plan to combine Orlando and four county road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was approved by state Senators Wednesday. Orlando would join Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties to create a regional authority to build roads in...
  • State senate OKs measure to create regional expressway authority

    State senate OKs measure to create regional expressway authority
    TALLAHASSEE — A plan to combine Orlando and four county road-building agencies into one tolling authority was approved by state senators Wednesday. Orlando would join Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties to create a regional authority to...
  • David Beckham brings his soccer pitch to Tallahassee

    TALLAHASSEE — David Beckham, one of the world's biggest soccer celebrities, descended on Florida's capital city Tuesday hoping to persuade leaders to approve millions of tax dollars for stadiums in Orlando and Miami. The former player for...
  • Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger

    Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger
    TALLAHASSEE -- A House lawmaker said Monday that Osceola County officials are still hesitant to embrace a plan to merge its tollway authority with those in neighboring Orange, Seminole and Lake counties. Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, got his merger bill,...
  • Lawmakers write state budget with something for nearly everyone

    Lawmakers write state budget with something for nearly everyone
    TALLAHASSEE — Shoppers and motorists will make out as big winners in the Florida Legislature's push during the next six weeks to stretch extra taxpayer dollars to affect the greatest number of people. But businesses could also reap the benefits...
  • Can gambling, vouchers and springs bills ever be killed?

    Can gambling, vouchers and springs bills ever be killed?
    TALLAHASSEE — When Florida policymakers set major goals for a two-month lawmaking session in an environmentally and economically fragile megastate, it is inevitable that entropy takes hold and things start falling apart. But politicians do have one...
  • In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill

    In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill
    TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to merge Central Florida's road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando's expressway authority. The bill, SB 230, would...
  • Gardiner intent on spinning bike-trail idea into budget gold

    Gardiner intent on spinning bike-trail idea into budget gold
    TALLAHASSEE -- Now that hometown budget "turkeys" are beginning to show up in the Legislature's spending plans, one big-ticket item for Central Florida -- money for a bike trail favored by the next Senate president -- is noticeably absent from the House's...
  • Lawmakers to boost Scott's economic-incentive grab bag

    Lawmakers to boost Scott's economic-incentive grab bag
    TALLAHASSEE -- After some lean years for corporate tax incentives, Gov. Rick Scott is likely to get a sizable boost in tax dollars for companies that promise to create jobs. This week, both the House and Senate budget-writing committees for economic...
  • Forget Pop-Tarts — Florida's health, economy need attention

    Forget Pop-Tarts — Florida's health, economy need attention
    As Tallahassee gets down to business this week, all sorts of irrelevant issues are commanding attention. Like Pop-Tarts. Some legislators want to pass a law ensuring that children have the right to chew their toaster pastries into the shape of a gun...