December 18, 2017

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/27/2014

Florida has $11.5 billion in off-the-books debt

Balanced budgets aside, Florida’s finances aren’t on solid ground, a fiscal watchdog group says. Not if you include $11.5 billion in missing debt. The unreported debt stems from compensation and other costs that are pushed into the future. More at Florida Watchdog.

Business Preparedness
Get your Florida business ready for any kind of disaster

disaster prep
Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. 

» Read the full story at Florida Small Business

Small businesses prime for expansion, survey finds

More than 80 percent of small businesses in South and Central Florida expect to meet or exceed their revenue goals in 2014, according to a survey by TD Bank released Tuesday. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Governor's race could turn on Medicaid expansion

The race will feature a Republican turned Democrat against a one-time supporter of Medicaid expansion who now isn’t so sure. But this much is certain: in Florida’s race for governor, health care will take center stage, as former Gov. Charlie Crist tries to unseat incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. More at AJMC.

10 Florida firms among top employers you should know

Ten Florida companies are among 284 businesses nationwide named as 2014 winners of the When Work Works Awards by the Families & Work Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management. More at the Orlando Business Journal.

Florida police officers say they were forced to fill illegal ticket quotas

Five Florida police officers went before the Waldo City Council Tuesday night to present evidence that they were being forced to fill traffic ticket quotas, a practice that's against state law. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Gainesville Sun.

Ballot Business
Ballot initiatives become pricey playgrounds of parties and corporations

vote Some of the most expensive races in the country this year will be ballot measures written by, and for, major corporations. Some the hardest-fought ballot battles of 2014 won’t involve candidates at all. They’ll be questions that come with big implications for corporate bottom lines — or promise big benefits to political strategists, especially Democrats, looking to drive turnout for other races.

» Full story from the Washington Post

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Shop with a Cop

Members of the West Melbourne PD, Palm Bay PD and Brevard County Fire Rescue give 140 kids in south Brevard a chance to "Shop with a Cop."

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