November 1, 2014
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott tells employees of Vistakon in Jacksonville that he will be pushing for more tax breaks for manufacturers.

Photo: Bruce Lipsky / The Florida Times-Union / AP Photo

Anitere Flores

Sen. Anitere Flores is pushing a bill that would allow dependent children of undocumented parents to pay in-state college rates.

Photo: Darryl Jarmon / The Florida Senate

Jack Latvala

Sen. Jack Latvala, chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, will be taking up the topic of election reform.

Photo: Darryl Jarmon / The Florida Senate

Foreclosure

The judicial foreclosure process now averages more than 600 days.

Photo: Jason P. Smith

Kathleen Passidomo

Rep. Kathleen Passidomo is sponsoring a bill that expedites foreclosures.

Photo: Mark Foley

Adam Putnam

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants to create an energy infrastructure that would encourage businesses to convert their fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Barry Gilway

Citizens President Barry Gilway would like to see a clearinghouse established that would allow private insurers to take over 641,000 Citizens policies.

Photo: Lynne Sladky / AP

Debra Henley

Debra Henley, Executive Director at Florida Justice Association, is at the center of a debate on automobile personal injury protection for Florida car insurance.

Photo: Ray Stanyard

Will Weatherford

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford wants to move away from using defined benefit pension plans for new employees, and instead use defined contribution plans.

Photo: Meredith Geddings

Frank DiBello

Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello says he’s encouraged by local support for the idea.

Photo: Gregg Matthews

Affordable Housing

An affordable housing coalition wants to make sure money in housing trust funds is not diverted.

Photo: Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Times

Pam Bondi

Last December, Attorney General Pam Bondi issued an emergency order banning 22 substances used to make synthetic drugs commonly referred to as "bath salts"

Photo: Steve Cannon / AP Photo

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 2/27/2013

Florida Trend Exclusive
Florida's legislative preview

A roundup of what interest groups, lawmakers and the governor are seeking this year, including:

TAXES

» Corporate Tax CutGov. Rick Scott has proposed raising the exemption on corporate income taxes from $50,000 to $75,000, a move that he says would help cut taxes for another 2,000 businesses.

EDUCATION

» Higher EdThe Board of Governors is seeking $118 million — equivalent to a 15% tuition increase — that will be tied to performance goals for the state’s 12 public universities.

SPACE

» Incentive FundingSpace Florida is requesting $10 million for its annual budget plus another $10 million dedicated for a financing fund to help attract and grow space-related businesses in the state.

» Read much more in the full Legislative Preview


Florida’s consumer confidence drops as sequestration looms

The delayed effect of the expiring payroll tax cut prompted Florida’s consumer confidence to drop one point in February to 74, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. However, consumer outlook could grow even gloomier if massive federal spending cuts required by a process known as sequestration takes place in March. [Source: UF News]

Related:
» U.S. consumer confidence rebounds in February


Biz group releases Citizens Insurance map

Hoping to convince lawmakers to make significant reforms on the politically thorny issue of property insurance, a business group has released an interactive map showing legislators how many of their constituents are covered by Citizens Property Insurance. More from the Miami Herald and AIF.


Exporters can win up to $10,000 for telling their story

If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. want to see your story. "Small businesses are key in Florida’s manufacturing and exporting, comprising 95.8 percent of the state’s exporting firms and responsible for producing 67.1 percent of the state’s total exports," said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero. “Businesses need to tell their story to inspire others." [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Florida’s $3.2 billion beer business ranks No. 4 in U.S.

We all know Floridians like to partake in a bit of beer every now and then, but the industry as a whole brings in a lot of money in the state. Florida’s beer distributors have an annual economic impact of about $3.2 billion, according to a new report from the National Beer Wholesalers Association. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Trader Joe's in Winter Park? New retail center raises hopes for luring grocer
Winter Park commissioners have approved a retail development on the shores of Lake Killarney that will include a new home for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and a grocery site that — just maybe — could attract a Trader Joe's.

› FAU earns Florida's first special Alzheimer's center license
A Boca Raton adult day center is the first in Florida to receive a new license certifying it has advanced qualifications for Alzheimer's and dementia patient care.

› Five-star news for Miami-Dade hotels

After a long dry spell with no five-star hotels to brag about, Miami-Dade now has two. The Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Brickell Key and Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, both previous four-star winners, each earned an upgrade on the Forbes Travel Guide’s Annual Star Awards.

› Appeals court sides with St. Joe in investor case
A federal appeals court has rejected a securities-fraud lawsuit against the St. Joe Co., once Florida's largest private landowner, whose holdings shrank in value during the real-estate crash and recession.
» Related Florida Trend Content: Florida's Top 10 Private Landowners


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