Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott's proposal prohibits state from doing business with Maduro regime
Gov. Rick Scott has been crossing the state, making speeches repeatedly promising to punish companies that do business with the Nicolás Maduro regime. But the promises have been short on detail, until now. The Governor has finally submitted a proposal to the Florida Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) that will prohibit the State of Florida from doing business with any organization that supports Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro regime. The proposal states, for example, that "The SBA will be prohibited from investing in any securities issued by the Government of Venezuela." More details in the proposal from Gov. Scott, here.
Florida manufacturing report shows slight improvements
Conexus Indiana released their annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card for the U.S. and Florida’s grades held steady across the board from 2016, with slight improvement in one category. More from the Jacksonville Business Journal and see the full report here.
Food stamp fraud in Florida rarely prosecuted despite high cost to taxpayers
Last year in Florida, $12 million in taxpayer money was lost to food stamp fraud. As the state struggles to fight fraud with only 49 investigators, most people who are caught are never prosecuted for the crime. More from Action News Jax.
Scientists dispute snake release in Florida 'Garden of Eden'
Some conservationists say the wrong kind of serpent has been released into a Florida preserve known locally as "the original Garden of Eden," but others say there's no problem. More from the AP.
Jacksonville’s Crowley awarded transportation contract after contested bid with DOD
Crowley fought legal challenges to get the contract with Transportation Command, which is a division of the DOD to provide transportation services that will move various cargo with material suppliers at 41 major depots around the continental U.S. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Those endless fields of flowers stretching across South Dade are changing hands. Costa Farms is being acquired but the third-generation, family-owned ornamental plant nursery business will stay rooted in South Florida.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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