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February 14, 2016

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Legislators push back on tax cuts

With a budget flush with more than $1 billion of additional revenue, lawmakers are locked in a debate over whether to restore $1 billion in cuts to the state’s tattered safety net for the state’s most vulnerable children, disabled and elderly or return it to taxpayers in the form of tax cuts. More from the Miami Herald.

As the sharing economy grows, so do the scam attempts

The so-called sharing economy, dominated by the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, has attracted millions of consumers. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that scammers also have turned out in force to grab a piece of the action. More from the LA Times.

Yes, robots will steal our jobs, but don’t worry, we’ll get new ones

Almost half of those currently employed in the U.S. are at risk of being put out of work by automation in the next decade or two, according to a 2013 University of Oxford study, which identified transportation, logistics and administrative occupations as most vulnerable. More from the Conversation.

Publix prepared to take on new states while defending its home turf

As Publix enters new markets in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia, the company is going up against brands it has never before competed against, like Kroger, Ingles and Wegman's. Those chains are known for their brand loyalty and customer service, just like Publix. And in these new markets, Publix has little brand recognition. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida releases 2015 school grades

The Florida Department of Education on Friday released the 2015 School Accountability Reports and District Grades. Read more from Florida Today and the Orlando Sentinel and see the full grades here.

Business Profile
Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair

fast fix jewelry A 30-year-old Boca Raton-based jewelry and watch repair company plans to expand into Canada this year and grow the brand's international presence. More than 150 Fast-Fix Jewelry and Watch Repair stores are open across the U.S., England and Ireland.

» More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Florida Dining
On Board

cameras After two decades of smacking our lips over fine Spanish and Italian hams, French pates, sausages and salamis imported from all over Europe, Americans - chef and home cook alike - are making their own.

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