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  • Lawmakers conclude nuts and bolts of water-wrestling

    Lawmakers conclude nuts and bolts of water-wrestling
    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...
  • Lawmakers hammer out water differences at night

    Lawmakers hammer out water differences at night
    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. The Republican-controlled...
  • DEO chief explains the CONNECT mess to lawmakers

    DEO chief explains the CONNECT mess to lawmakers
    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...
  • Weatherford: No big water policy this year

    Weatherford: No big water policy this year
     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...
  • Until the final hour, lawmakers scramble to pay for more pet projects

    Until the final hour, lawmakers scramble to pay for more pet projects
    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 –...
  • Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill

    Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill
    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...
  • Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'

    Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'
    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 –...
  • After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion

    After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion
    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. Voucher...
  • Tax group: $120.9 million in budget 'turkeys' identified

    Tax group: $120.9 million in budget 'turkeys' identified
    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...
  • Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote

    Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote
    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature. Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...
  • State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

    State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
    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...