December 21, 2014

Bright Ideas

Water - Resource sustainability requires planning and action

Florida's population is predicted to break 20 million by the end of 2015. Nowhere will the strain on the state's natural resources be more pronounced than on its water supply... Read more »
Published on 12/5/2013

Environment - Balance land acquisition and preservation

Florida's two popular land-buying programs, Preservation 2000, which began in 1990 under Gov. Bob Martinez, and its successor, Florida Forever... Read more »
Published on 12/5/2013

Elections - More non-partisanship needed

Turbulence associated with Florida's elections is a matter of record, and election-bias claims seem to escalate with each election cycle... Read more »
Published on 12/4/2013

Business courts in Florida: More, please

In 2004, the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orlando established the state's first court devoted to resolving complex business disputes. Read more »
Published on 12/4/2013

Ethics reform in Florida: Next steps for legislators, lobbyists

The Legislature did well in 2013 with reforms that extend a two-year ban on lobbying by former lawmakers... Read more »
Published on 12/4/2013

Term limits for Florida's legislators: They're too short

It sounded like a good idea to most Florida voters in 1992: Limit the amount of time legislators can stay in office to eight years in the House and Senate... Read more »
Published on 12/4/2013

Insurance - Fix Citizens

After peaking at 1.5 million policies, state-subsidized Citizens Property Insurance is expected to have 900,000 policies by early next year. Progress is being made. Read more »
Published on 12/3/2013

Tax Matters - Time to collect tax on internet sales in Florida

A Gallup poll that 57% of Americans oppose a federal bill to require internet, retailers to collect sales tax from customers and remit the money to the customers' home states. Read more »
Published on 12/3/2013

Philanthropy - Time for a new partnership with Florida

It's a phenomenon all too familiar to the state's philanthropic organizations — newly arrived residents too often continue to give more "back home" and less in Florida. Read more »
Published on 12/3/2013

Bright Ideas for Florida in 2014

As 2014 approached, Florida Trend asked dozens of Floridians: What's something Florida could do — in 2014 — to make the state a better place to live? Read more »
Published on 12/2/2013

Education: Require Florida students to take a 'money course'

In 2010, the Legislature passed a law requiring students to complete a one-semester civics course in middle school that culminates in an exam they must pass to enter high school... Read more »
Published on 12/2/2013

Florida's 'Bright Futures' merit-aid program should be retooled

The state started Bright Futures in 1997 to give high school students an incentive to work harder at their studies, to help retain the best and brightest students within Florida... Read more »
Published on 12/2/2013

Medicaid in Florida: Take the $50 billion

The refusal by the Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has left roughly 1 million Floridians without coverage who otherwise would have had it... Read more »
Published on 12/2/2013

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