| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades.
But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Good times or bad, the Florida Legislature has historically made a habit of slow-rolling its most cantankerous issues.
Although passing a budget is all they're constitutionally required to accomplish by May 2 -- and they had a $1.3...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Frustrated Florida lawmakers questioned the head of the state’s jobs agency Wednesday over the state’s problem-plagued unemployment benefits system.
One lawmaker suggested Florida should "freeze out" the company that...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 1:19 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With crime at a 41-year low, Florida lawmakers were puzzled: why was the nation's third-largest prison system getting bigger?
Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a projected 5,000-inmate spike in the state's prison population to argue in a...
| 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 –...
| 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 24, 2014
| 1:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- With time running out on Florida's lawmaking session, another professional sports tax-break package is headed for a photo finish.
The Legislature is poised to pass a plan that could open the door for Orlando and Miami Major League...