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J.D. Alexander

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  • Alexander keeps budget reins, Gaetz gets tasked with redistricting

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, just announced that J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, would keep the reins as budget chairman, Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, would become rules chair, and Se...
  • Scott’s SunRail freeze becomes leverage with Florida Legislature

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott isdelayinga final decision aboutwhether to let the$1.2 billion SunRail commuter train in Central Florida move forward until mid-summer, long after the 60-day legislative session ends. The governor has kept $235...
  • Senate pulls a fast one, will cut 6.5 percent from schools after all (sort of)

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Last week, Senate PreK-12 Education Budget Chairman David Simmons said the chamber's classroom spending plan was essentially break-even for school districts. That is, per-pupil student funding wouldn't see much of a cut, at all. But on...
  • Putnam’s school lunch plan receives approval from senate agriculture committee

     
    A bill that would give Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office the power to decide what to feed kids in schools across the state made it past its first hurdle in the Florida Senate. The senate agriculture committee unanimously approved the...
  • Siplin blasts ethics bill, defends Sansom, and Senate committee shoots it down

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida Senate committee introduced one ethics proposal Tuesday that wouldbring morescrutinyto thefinancial investmentsof legislators and block themfrom voting on measures that they could financially benefit from. But with...
  • Senate budget give wins to private prison vendors and Rick Scott

     
    TALLAHASSEE – The early winners in the Florida Senate’s $69.8 billion budget include private prison vendors, property owners miffed with water-management districts, and Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate’s spending proposal includes several...
  • Is Senate tollroad takeover a bail-out for Bo’s Bridge?

     
    By Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel Orlando's main road-building agency shifted into full fighting mode Wednesday as the state Legislature seeks to absorb the authority into the department that runs Florida's Turnpike. The takeover, championed by state Sen....
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursdayto avoid a state takeover of thetoll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...
  • Senate budget panel scraps pension compromise

     
    Lawmakers from both parties squabbled over a new proposal to revamp the Florida Retirement System Thursday that emerged this week, after Senate leadership jettisoned a compromise crafted by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee...
  • Affordable housing in the budget cross-hairs

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida House and Senate budget-writers are taking different tracks toward giving Gov. Rick Scott a bigger economic-development arm, and one of the sticking points iswhether toabolish a longstanding government fund for affordable-...
  • Senate budget panel whacks medically needy

     
    The Florida Senate Budget Committee approved a measure Friday morning to drastically cut back on the Florida Medically Needy program, which covers people who have experienced catastrophic illness and have no health coverage or who have depleted their...