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November 24, 2017

Government/Politics & Law

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Jimmy Patronis as Florida's Chief Financial Officer

Today, Governor Rick Scott appointed Jimmy Patronis as Florida' next Chief Financial Officer. Patronis will be officially sworn in this Friday, June 30, 2017, to replace CFO Jeff Atwater who is leaving to pursue a position at Florida Atlantic University. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2017

Despite support for Trump's Cuba policies, President's Job Approval Drops in Florida

A new Florida Atlantic University survey finds President Trump's job disapproval increasing 6 points in Florida since their March survey and now his overall job approval stands at 35% approve and 44% disapproval. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2017

Florida unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent in May

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May, the lowest rate since August 2007. Read more »
Published on 6/16/2017

Gov. Scott: Connecticut Leaders Out of Touch with Business

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced he will be leading an economic development mission to Connecticut next week to share why businesses in Connecticut should consider moving their operations to Florida. This follows the recent establishment of the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which will help provide even more reasons for businesses to invest in Florida. Read more »
Published on 6/16/2017

Gov. Scott: Connecticut Leaders Out of Touch with Business

Governor Rick Scott announced he will be leading an economic development mission to Connecticut next week to share why businesses in Connecticut should consider moving their operations to Florida. This follows the recent establishment of the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which will help provide even more reasons for businesses to invest in Florida. Read more »
Published on 6/15/2017

Gov. Scott signs state employee and law enforcement pay raise bill

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 7022 which provides pay raises for Florida's sworn state law enforcement officers, correctional officers and state employees. Governor Scott recommended state law enforcement pay raises in his Fighting for Florida's Future budget earlier this year. Read more »
Published on 6/15/2017

Summary of SB 7022- Public Employees (comprehensive benefits package for Florida employees)

The bill is a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. It includes pay raises, modifications to the Florida Retirement System (FRS), and changes to the State Group Insurance Program. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2017

Gov. Scott Proclaims June 12th as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida

~Calls for Moment of Silence on Monday to Honor Victims~ Read more »
Published on 6/9/2017

NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits to Conduct Research off the Earth, For the Earth and Deep Space Missions

After receiving a record-breaking number of applications to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA has selected its largest astronaut class since 2000. Rising to the top of more than 18,300 applicants, NASA chose 12 women and men as the agency's new astronaut candidates. Read more »
Published on 6/8/2017

Senator Bradley to file legislation to expand compassionate use of medical marijuana

Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) today stated his intention to file legislation to implement Article X, section 29 of the Florida Constitution, which allows the use of marijuana by patients with debilitating medical conditions. The Senate will consider the bill during this week's Special Session. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2017

Florida Bar Board of Governors selects Joshua E. Doyle as next Executive Director

Doyle to follow Jack Harkness after 37 years of stewardship Read more »
Published on 6/6/2017

Gov. Scott signs legislation to cut $180 million in taxes for Floridians

Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7109, which cuts taxes by $180 million for Florida families and businesses. This brings the total amount of taxes cut since Governor Scott has been in office to more than $6.7 billion. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2017

New DEP Secretary Hailed As Consensus Builder

Conservation groups, Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members are praising Florida's newest top environmental regulator, Noah Valenstein, as a consensus builder dedicated to public service. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

The Villages takes a break from political involvement

In the summer of 2014, the family behind The Villages, the retirement community that straddles three counties in central Florida, came through for Gov. Rick Scott in a big way. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

Flight risk: President Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago shifts air traffic

President Trump's frequent visits to Palm Beach and consequent federal restrictions on general aviation... Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

Florida achieves lowest unemployment rate in almost a decade

15,000 private sector jobs created in April Read more »
Published on 5/19/2017

FTC and Federal, State and International Partners Announce Major Crackdown on Tech Support Scams

Fraudsters tricked consumers into thinking their computers were infected, then charged them hundreds of dollars for removal of non-existent viruses, malware Read more »
Published on 5/17/2017

Gov. Rick Scott announces Jackie Schutz Zeckman as Chief of Staff

Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jackie Schutz Zeckman as Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office beginning July 1st. Read more »
Published on 5/16/2017

Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs 11 Bills Into Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law. Read more »
Published on 5/10/2017

Gov. Scott: I Won't Stop Fighting for Florida

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the below statement on the conclusion of the Legislative session. Read more »
Published on 5/9/2017

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