February 19, 2018

Government/Politics & Law

Report: Homeowners Trapped by Repeated Flooding Under Troubled Flood Insurance Program

The nation's flood insurance program has repeatedly rebuilt some of the most flood-prone properties in the country, unintentionally setting a trap for owners of modest homes who would prefer to move out of harm's way, according to a new national report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

Gulf County scallop season postponed due to naturally occurring algae bloom

As a precautionary measure due to a naturally occurring algae bloom in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish, the bay scallop harvest originally scheduled to begin on July 25th in Gulf County waters will be temporarily postponed. Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

EFI Board of Directors Selects Pete Antonacci as CEO

The Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Peter Antonacci as the new President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. Antonacci will also serve as Florida's Secretary of Commerce. He will begin his new role with EFI on August 2. Read more »
Published on 7/25/2017

Florida ordered to pay $1.1 million in legal fees after court strikes down gag rule on doctors discussing guns

Court order is a warning to states not to push similar, unconstitutional laws backed by NRA Read more »
Published on 7/24/2017

Southeastern States Collaborate to Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Crashes

The Florida Highway Patrol wants to ensure motorists “Arrive Alive.” Read more »
Published on 7/19/2017

Florida's Fiscally Responsible State Government

Reading the headlines, it would appear that state governments are incapable of responsible budgeting. Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California are among the states that are, to varying degrees, fiscal messes. But some states are more fiscally responsible than others. Read more »
Published on 7/14/2017

Unclaimed Property Program Returns $313M in 12 Months

One in five Floridians has an unclaimed account remaining Read more »
Published on 7/13/2017

Latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch analyzes additional appropriations

The latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch takes a look at the appropriations not in the budget. The 2017 Florida Legislature passed the $82.418 billion General Appropriations Act (GAA), already the largest in the state's history but this is not all the money appropriated this year. Read more »
Published on 7/13/2017

Avis Budget Agrees to Change Billing Practices for Cashless Toll

The Florida Attorney General's Office obtained a court enforceable settlement agreement with Avis Budget Car Rental System, LLC which owns the Avis, Budget and Payless car rental companies. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2017

Florida Job Growth Fund to invest in new jobs and competitive communities

Gov. Scott, EFI and DEO have announced that the $85 million fund is now accepting economic development project proposals. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2017

Florida Jumps Texas to Become 2nd in Airline Passengers

Governor Applauds Federal Aviation Infrastructure Awards Read more »
Published on 7/10/2017

FJI settles landmark lawsuit against Florida Department of Corrections for violations of disability laws

Disability Rights Florida, Florida's federally-funded Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities, has settled an historic federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) over its systemic failure to comply with federal measures intended to protect individuals with physical disabilities incarcerated throughout Florida's prisons. Read more »
Published on 7/10/2017

Florida Phasing Out Project AIDS Care, Other Medicaid Waivers

Thousands of Floridians living with AIDS could be losing financial assistance they say is essential to living a normal life, and some AIDS groups are worried the state won't carry through on its promises. Read more »
Published on 7/7/2017

SFWMD, USACE Take Emergency Action To Protect Wildlife From High Water

District's ongoing actions and Corps' latest temporary regulation deviations are reducing water levels in water conservation areas to protect the Everglades ecosystem from further harm. Read more »
Published on 7/3/2017

Letter signed by Florida Reps. to Secretary Zinke, asking Zinke not to drill in Atlantic

The letter below was sent to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and was signed by Florida Reps. John Rutherford, Darren Soto, Bill Posey, Alcee Hastings, Matt Gaetz, Charlie Crist, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica Wilson, Brian Mast, Dennis Ross, Val Demings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Yoho, Kathy Castor, Francis Rooney, Al Lawson, Ted Deutch, Ron DeSantis, Lois Frankel, Vern Buchanan and Stephanie Murphy. The letter was initiated by Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2017

Gov. Scott Announces Appointment of Jim Poppell as Secretary of the Florida Lottery

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jim Poppell as secretary of the Florida Lottery. Poppell will assume the role of secretary beginning July 10th. Secretary Tom Delacenserie left the Florida Lottery on June 2nd to pursue a new position in Kentucky. David Mica, who has served as chief of staff since 2016, has been the interim secretary at Florida Lottery. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2017

Florida voters are unaware of the Constitutional Revision Commission

A new survey from Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida voters are unaware of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) and its activities. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

Jonathan Zachem tapped to head Florida's DBPR

Gov. Rick Scott announces the appointment of Jonathan Zachem as Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

Miami Beach's mayor has an entrepreneurial touch

On a sunny afternoon in February 2016, Philip Levine, multimillionaire businessman/mayor of Miami Beach, came upon a FedEx truck blocking a lane of traffic on one of the city's main roads. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

On the map: Miami is an arbitration hub for international business disputes

Last summer, a special panel of judges met in Miami to hear claims by several construction companies that the Panama Canal Authority, which runs the canal, owes them $1.6 billion... Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

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