October 27, 2016

Government/Politics & Law

Federal funding released to help families in Florida with heating and cooling costs

The Administration for Children and Families has released $63,096,986 to help low-income families in Florida stay warm during winter months, cool during summer months and make cost-effective home energy repairs. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

Profile of ‘Bundl' -- software that tracks political fundraising

A little over two years ago, on an early spring morning in Tallahassee, not long after Florida lawmakers had fled the city following the end of the annual legislative session... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

About Florida's Amendment 1: Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice

Synopsis: Amendment 1 is the utility-backed response to a third solar initiative that failed to make the 2016 ballot but would have allowed Floridians to buy power directly from third-party solar providers. The full ballot title for Amendment 1 is “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice.” Read more »
Published on 10/24/2016

Voter Guide for Florida's Constitutional Amendments on November ballot

Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, has always committed itself to educating and informing Florida voters on critical policy issues affecting them. As part of this critical mission, we have released the 2016 Voter Guide, featuring an in-depth analysis of the Amendments to help voters better understand the oft-confusing amendment language and allow them to make an informed decision on Election Day. Read more »
Published on 10/5/2016

Gov. Scott proposes $85 million for jobs

Gov. Scott says he will fight for jobs. Read more »
Published on 9/29/2016

Pregnant pause for Florida lawyers

Judges have broad discretion over whether maternity leave is a valid reason to delay a case. In deciding such matters, judges must balance one side's need for additional time against the possible disadvantage to the other side resulting from a delay. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Gov. Scott orders Florida DEP to notify public, local governments, following pollution incidents

Today, following the sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole at Mosaic's New Wales facility, Governor Scott is directing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents to take effect immediately. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2016

Text of H.R.3957 -- Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act of 2016

Expensing of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty. Read more »
Published on 9/22/2016

Gov. Scott announces retirement of AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek

Gov. Rick Scott announced Secretary Liz Dudek's retirement from the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which will be effective on October 3, 2016. Read more »
Published on 9/21/2016

Discretion on the bench

Implementing a judicial safety valve in Florida Read more »
Published on 9/8/2016

No term limits? A Hillsborough County legislator may serve 14 years

A set of legal and political maneuvers may enable a Hillsborough County legislator to evade term limits and serve a 14-year term in the Florida House. Read more »
Published on 8/26/2016

FAU poll finds Trump edging out Clinton in Florida

Republican nominee Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton in Florida 43 to 41 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson taking 8 percent, Green Party candidate Jill Stein 2 percent and 5 percent undecided, according to a new survey by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI). Read more »
Published on 8/25/2016

Workgroup to focus on increasing public safety in Florida's courthouses

Thousands of our citizens seek justice and the peaceful resolution of disputes within the walls of Florida's courthouses each day. The safety of our courts is all the greater when people see violence erupt in their own streets and communities as they have this summer, Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said Monday, when he announced a new workgroup to study local courthouse security. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2016

Understanding Amendment 4: Tax exemptions for solar devices or renewable energy source devices

Amendment 4 would authorize the Legislature to exempt the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices from the tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature to prohibit such devices from being considered in assessing the value of real property. Read more »
Published on 8/19/2016

Revenue Estimating Conference for Florida's General Revenue Fund - Executive Summary

For the 2015-16 fiscal year, total collections were virtually on forecast, ending the year $50.6 million or 0.2 percent above estimate; however, this outcome masks differences between revenue sources that show one of the major sources significantly above and two others significantly below their respective estimates. Read more »
Published on 8/16/2016

Florida, Pennsylvania Senate races close, Quinnipiac University swing state poll finds

Florida - Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio with 48 percent and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democrat, at 45 percent, too close to call. Read more »
Published on 8/11/2016

Suffolk University Poll Shows Clinton Leading Trump by 6 Points in Florida

With fewer than 14 weeks to go before the November presidential election, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in both two-way and four-way Florida ballot scenarios, according to a new Suffolk University poll of Florida likely general-election voters. Read more »
Published on 8/5/2016

Purple state, high stakes for Florida

This election year features a blizzard of races that could reshape both state and national politics. Nobody knows what to expect. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Florida TaxWatch provides comprehensive guide to local government taxing and spending

“How Florida Counties Compare” is an in-depth look at billions of dollars in taxpayer money Read more »
Published on 7/15/2016

Gov. Scott activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses affected by algal blooms

Today, Governor Rick Scott activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for businesses affected by the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. Read more »
Published on 7/14/2016

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