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December 1, 2015

Government/Politics & Law

Florida's fiscal strength ranked 5th best nationally

Florida's fiscal standing grants the state the advantage of financial freedom moving forward. Due to the fact that the state does not carry large amounts of debt, Florida lawmakers can continue to invest in the state, and in new and emerging sectors that can make the state a national leader in areas like manufacturing, allowing Florida to financially stay ahead of the curve. Read more »
Published on 12/1/2015

The need for speed: Fast-tracking an interstate interchange

On Oct. 9, 2014, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the state would allocate $83 million to rebuild a chronically congested interchange at I-75 and University Parkway near the Sarasota-Manatee county line. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Rude awakening: Many foreign-born veterans think military service confers citizenship

When veteran Axel Runtschke walked into Tallahassee attorney Elizabeth Ricci's office, he changed her practice. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Political leanings among Florida's retirees

As a whole, voters born during the Baby Boomer generation are generally more liberal than those born in the earlier “Silent Generation” but more conservative than younger “Generation X” and “Millennial” voters. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

How bread­-winning women are driving alimony reform

Alimony, otherwise known as spousal support or maintenance, is an ongoing payment by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning one. It has changed and shifted over the 40 years since the Supreme Court ruled that it had to be applied equally to both genders. Read more »
Published on 11/18/2015

Florida Chamber Poll: Likely Florida voters have negative feelings towards current presidential party front runners

Also in this poll: Florida constitutional amendments including medical marijuana and two solar amendments; Gov. Rick Scott's job approval; direction of the state. Read more »
Published on 9/30/2015

Hard questions from Florida Bar President Ramón A. Abadin

The Bar's new president insists he's not being combative, just realistic. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

Broken breaks: Tax breaks that are difficult to change

Time can render some tax breaks unequal or unfair. But once enacted, they're difficult to change or eliminate. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

Gov. Rick Scott announces Blue Origin to build new launch facility, create 330 jobs in Brevard County

Governor Rick Scott announced that Blue Origin has selected Florida as the site for the launch, manufacturing and support facilities for its Orbital Launch Vehicle (OLV) program. The project will create 330 new jobs and a capital investment of $200 million in the region over the next five years. Read more »
Published on 9/15/2015

The increasing importance of Hispanics to the U.S. workforce

The number of Hispanics in the civilian U.S. workforce more than doubled, from 10.7 million to 25.4 million workers between 1990 and 2014. Read more »
Published on 9/15/2015

Court-Ordered Protection

The direct-support organization that runs the University of Central Florida's athletics department is entitled to the same sovereign immunity protections as the university itself... Read more »
Published on 8/26/2015

Jon H. Gutmacher on lawyers, guns and poetry

Attorney Jon H. Gutmacher is among the state's top legal experts on gun and self-defense laws. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2015

Farewell to Florida's ‘Development of Regional Impact' (DRI) Law

Florida's DRI process was meant to ensure that state and regional governments collaborated to review big housing subdivisions, major shopping malls and other projects whose traffic and environmental impacts extended beyond the border of a single city or county. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2015

Florida's Top Lawyers Named by Peer Voting

The state's top lawyers are recognized in the 2015 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite™. The list of 1,131 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2015

Ducks in a row: Jacksonville's leaders want more clout in Tallahassee

During the 2008 election cycle, six freshmen lawmakers from the Jacksonville area entered the Florida Legislature. Read more »
Published on 5/27/2015

Learning curve: Attorneys deal with mountains of electronic data

Lawyers struggle with gleaning relevant information from mountains of emails and other electronic communications. Read more »
Published on 5/27/2015

Gov. Rick Scott appoints nine to the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding

Gov. Rick Scott Appoints Nine to the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding Read more »
Published on 5/11/2015

With House and Senate adjourned, Gov. Scott to work on budget

Gov. Rick Scott: We will begin working immediately on a budget to continue critical programs & start conversation on healthcare access and cost Read more »
Published on 4/30/2015

Looking at the bigger economic picture

As new vice chairman of Enterprise Florida, attorney Alan Becker talks about his new role. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

Politics and Cuba

Florida businesses and legislators appear to be headed on a collision course as a number of Florida companies are exploring options with Cuba while hard-liners in the Legislature move to create more obstacles. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

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