February 28, 2015

Government/Politics & Law

Changing Dynamics: Gov. Rick Scott vs. lawmakers

The Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee on March 3 to convene its annual 60-day lawmaking session, following an election that saw Republicans reclaim a super-majority in the House of Representatives and maintain their control of the 40-member Senate. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

When leaders become lobbyists in Florida

In entering the lobbying business, former House Speak Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos took a path that is well trod from both sides of the aisle. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Legislators to know

Power in the Florida Legislature is heavily concentrated in the hands of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) and Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

The Communications Services Tax: Time for a change

With Florida's Regular Session right around the corner, legislators will once again have the opportunity to provide financial relief to Florida families, especially those of low income. A reduction in the Communication Services Tax (CST) will impact the vast majority of Floridians and businesses. Read more »
Published on 2/16/2015

Governor Rick Scott's Cabinet Remarks (as prepared for delivery)

Prepared for the Cabinet meeting, held at the Florida State Fair, Thursday, Feb. 5 2015. Read more »
Published on 2/5/2015

Why Florida Is No. 1 In Obamacare Enrollment Despite GOP Opposition

Florida is leading the nation in signing people up for private Obamacare health plans. With two weeks to go until the deadline for 2015 enrollment, Florida's tally exceeds that of even Democrat-led California, which has embraced the law building its own online marketplace and has twice the population and uses three times as much federal funding for outreach. Read more »
Published on 2/2/2015

Revenue firms up for 2015 Florida budget

New estimates add $627 million to state's coffers. Read more »
Published on 12/30/2014

Florida's Supreme Court in transition

Gov. Rick Scott could appoint four new justices to the Florida Supreme Court during his second term. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Gov. Rick Scott - Outside In

Scott became just the second two-term GOP governor in Florida history. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. Read more »
Published on 12/17/2014

Filling the cracks: Greater legal accessibility needed in Florida

Attorney Jason Neufeld just wanted to get more involved with Legal Services of Greater Miami. But after talking with Executive Director Marcia K. Cypen, he decided that the best course... Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

Florida retail sales outpace the nation

Florida retailers are expected to exceed 2013 holiday sales this year, according to an Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch; however, increased consumer spending may not benefit Florida retailers like it should due to a tax loophole. Read more »
Published on 11/25/2014

BudgetWatch: Despite budget surplus, lawmakers will face touch choices in 2015

Florida lawmakers are expected to have a small budget surplus when they come to Tallahassee in 2015. Read more »
Published on 10/15/2014

Florida's aging prisoner problem

Florida TaxWatch warns that the steadily growing elderly prison population in state facilities will require more costly medical care, resulting in additional budget concerns for an already struggling Department of Corrections. Read more »
Published on 10/7/2014

Apopka's new mayor made ‘rookie mistakes'

Joe Kilsheimer drew international headlines in March when he defeated the 93-year-old incumbent, John Land, one of the oldest and longest-tenured mayors in the country. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Law Firms: The makings of a merger

A September 2013 phone call between two old friends set into motion the merger that has created one of the 100 largest firms in the nation. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Whether it's Rick Scott or Charlie Crist, political dominoes will fall

The choice that Florida voters make on Nov. 4 in the gubernatorial race between Gov. Rick Scott or former Gov. Charlie Crist, will wind up tipping dominoes across Florida's $75-billion state government. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Avon Park Air Force Range - a photo gallery

It's another day at the Avon Park Air Force Range, at 106,034 acres the largest bomb and gunnery range east of the Mississippi. Read more »
Published on 8/29/2014

Jacksonville's $1.65-billion hole

With an unfunded pension liability that's one of the largest created by any municipal government, Jacksonville faces a long-term fight to bring its benefit costs under control. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

Meet Gregory W. Coleman, new President of the Florida Bar

This summer, Coleman became president of the 98,000-member Florida Bar. Coleman thought he'd focus the early months of his tenure on encouraging attorneys to become more tech savvy, but within a few weeks of becoming Bar president in June, he realized there was a more pressing problem: 60% of Floridians can't afford to hire an attorney. Find out how he proposes to improve the situation in this Q & A. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

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