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Legislative Preview 2018
Florida Trend's annual look at the issues and players facing the current legislative session. With the governor’s job up for grabs and two open Cabinet positions, a horde of legislators will be looking for angles to play. Each of the main issues is examined, from the budget, opioids, tax cuts, environment, education and much more. The full report is here, or jump to a topic: Budget | Tax Cuts | K-12 | Higher Ed | Immigration | Hurricanes | Opioids | Tourism | Insurance | Water/Environment
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Hurricanes, wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating western wildfires and other natural disasters to make 2017 the most expensive year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. [Source: Washington Post]
Commentary: A big 'if' as Florida citrus sweats out help from Congress
This past year, as Greening seemed to be slightly on the decline and crops numbers were rebounding, Irma literally blew off the bulk of the fruit harvest. The citrus industry — despite doing everything feasibly possible, including growers voluntarily taxing themselves to pay for Greening research — just has not had any breaks for more than a decade. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
Oil and gas industry wants a crack at waters off Florida's coast
President Trump’s administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America’s offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon - the eastern Gulf of Mexico. [Source: Digital Journal]
U.S. Supreme Court lets stand Florida's satellite-TV tax
Ending years of legal battling about the issue, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to the constitutionality of a Florida law that sets different tax rates for satellite and cable-television services. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the Tampa Bay Times.
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› How Florida fares in the 'Best & Worst States to Raise a Family'
With fresh starts being top of mind – hiring and single-family home starts are expected to grow in 2018, for instance – the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018's Best & Worst States to Raise a Family.
› Florida Bar President-elect Michelle Suskauer joins Dimond Kaplan
Florida Bar President-elect Michelle Suskauer joined the West Palm Beach office of Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein as a partner this month, bringing her criminal defense experience to the Miami-based firm.
› Mount Dora B&Bs struggle, cry foul as unregulated home-sharing options soar
Like Orlando, Orange County and other Central Florida communities who depend on tourists, Mount Dora is struggling to regulate swelling numbers of short-term vacation rentals.
› Florida lawmakers blast Trump decision to end status for Salvadorans
Florida lawmakers condemned a decision Monday by the Trump administration to end protected status for about 200,000 Salvadorans, the latest in a series of immigration decisions that have major consequences in the Sunshine State.
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