August 28, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/14/2014

Tax day deadline can spread panic

Okay, procrastinators. Time is running out. Tuesday is the deadline for filing your federal income tax returns.

Business Basics (a series)
Florida Small Business
If you are starting a business in Florida, you need to be aware of the taxes you may be required to collect and/or pay on both the state and federal levels.

The good news: With very few tax changes for 2013, there aren't any big head-scratchers to sort out this year. But it's still easy to trip yourself up with math errors or filing mistakes or even by forgetting to report your fantasy football winnings. Read more from McClatchy and see also:

» Self-employed have special tax considerations
» Two sure things for Tuesday: a lunar eclipse and taxes
» Top frivolous reasons for not paying taxes


What's ahead for the stock market in 2014?

Eight Florida money managers offer their insights for investing in the year ahead. While these money managers see continued growth in the U.S., they are advising clients to steer clear of bonds and consider investing overseas and in U.S. stocks. Learn the specifics of what 8 top investment advisors have to say.


Florida lawmakers pushing gun bills forward

Florida's Republican lawmakers are unholstering a series of bills in the state Capitol this spring heralded by gun owners but opposed by sheriffs, teachers, parents and some Democrats. The measures would allow firing of warning shots, arm school teachers and allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit during emergencies. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


State officials approve Everglades plan

The process to get federal funding for long-planned Everglades restoration projects is underway, now that the state agency that oversees those projects has approved the $1.9 billion plan. [Source: AP]


Florida's gaming future tied to Scott's negotiations with Seminoles

Gov. Rick Scott, who made a career out of negotiating hospital mergers, is now applying his negotiating skills to a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could singlehandedly dictate the future of gaming in Florida. The legal agreement, known as a compact, could open the door to swanky resort casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward, or force them to remain off limits indefinitely. [Source: Miami Herald]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Medical residencies key to new doctors in South Florida
A shortage of medical residency programs in South Florida is making it difficult to meet the region's need for more new doctors as the growing population ages. Residencies are required training for medical school graduates to become licensed and eventually board-certified physicians. But Florida trails other states in the number of residencies available.

› STEAM reaches Brevard schools
A new initiative at four Brevard Public Schools is adding "art" to science education. They are all rolling out new magnet programs in STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

› PhilanthroFest showcases various South Florida nonprofit organizations
PhilanthroFest, now in its third year, showcased more than 100 different organizations and attracted hundreds of South Floridians interested in working with nonprofit organizations.

› Tampa Bay's top 100 workplaces
Want to know what makes a great company? More than 30,000 local employees told the secrets. Meet some of the workers and the three winners. They are all a part of the Tampa Bay's Top 100 Workplaces.


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