August 17, 2022

News Service of Florida

State budget projections jump by $5.3 billion over two years, but economists see troubling signs

State economists Tuesday bumped up Florida’s projected general revenue by about $5.3 billion, despite concerns about an economic “downshift” this fiscal year and an anticipated slowdown in the raging housing... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2022

Eclectic mix of applicants seek Florida chancellor post

A former Republican Senate leader, the chief business officer of Emory University’s college of theology and the deputy provost of a university in Ireland are among the applicants vying to... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2022

Feds send money to Florida for ‘clean' buses

The federal government is routing nearly $42 million to Florida as part of a $1.66 billion effort to increase the number of “clean” buses on U.S. roads. Grants will go... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2022

Florida Tourism Continues to Bounce Back

Tourism in Florida during the first half of 2022 was up 20 percent from the same period last year and was higher than during the first six months of 2019,... Read more »
Published on 8/16/2022

U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case on a Florida health coach giving dietary advice

A woman who operated a health and nutrition coaching business asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to take up a First Amendment challenge to a Florida law that blocked... Read more »
Published on 8/15/2022

Florida residents testing positive for COVID decreased the past two weeks

The numbers of Florida residents testing positive for COVID-19 have decreased the past two weeks, according to data released Friday. The state had a reported 54,353 new cases during the... Read more »
Published on 8/15/2022

Tamayo to Lead Volunteer Florida

Josie Tamayo was appointed Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis as CEO of Volunteer Florida, replacing Corey Simon, who resigned in June after entering the race for a state Senate seat.... Read more »
Published on 8/14/2022

COVID-19 Cases Down, Deaths Top 78,500

The numbers of Florida residents testing positive for COVID-19 have decreased the past two weeks, but the coronavirus has killed more than 78,500 residents since the pandemic started in 2020,... Read more »
Published on 8/14/2022

State tax collections top expectations

With inflation pushing up prices of taxable items, Florida’s general revenue substantially topped expectations in June and in the recently completed state fiscal year. General-revenue collections in June were $978.7... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2022

Unemployment Claims Dip in Florida

First-time unemployment claims in Florida dipped for a third consecutive week. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 5,656 initial claims were filed in Florida... Read more »
Published on 8/11/2022

Florida, other states target mask requirement

State Attorney General Ashley Moody and other Republican politicians from across the country urged an appeals court this week to uphold a Florida federal judge’s ruling that blocked a mask... Read more »
Published on 8/10/2022

School Challenges Ruling on Pre-Game Prayer

A Tampa Christian school has asked a federal appeals court to find that the Florida High School Athletic Association unconstitutionally prevented a prayer over a stadium loudspeaker before a 2015... Read more »
Published on 8/10/2022

A federal judge is weighing a legal challenge by businesses to Florida's Stop WOKE Act

A federal judge on Monday questioned part of a new Florida law that restricts the way businesses can address race-related concepts in employee training, as he weighed a request to... Read more »
Published on 8/9/2022

Slot Machine Revenues Beat Expectations

As pari-mutuel facilities returned to more-normal operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, state tax collections from slot machines topped expectations. A report released Monday said slot-machine tax collections totaled $241 million... Read more »
Published on 8/9/2022

Recreational pot in Florida? Constitutional amendment filed for 2024 ballot

Trulieve, the state’s largest medical-marijuana operator, and country-music legends The Bellamy Brothers are backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recreational use of marijuana by people 21 or older.... Read more »
Published on 8/8/2022

State leaders roll out a 'massive' public-private program to stem the opioid epidemic

As Florida grapples with nearly 2,000 overdose deaths so far this year, state leaders on Wednesday announced a “massive” effort to address opioid addiction in counties that need it most.... Read more »
Published on 8/8/2022

Less Smoking Hits Tobacco Settlement Revenues

Florida likely will see lower-than-expected revenues from a landmark settlement with the tobacco industry because fewer people are smoking or smokers are cutting back. State economists on Friday released a... Read more »
Published on 8/8/2022

Vote-by-Mail Totals Increase as Early Voting Nears

Nearly 660,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been cast in the Aug. 23 primary elections, with in-person early voting starting soon, according to data posted on the state Division of Elections website.... Read more »
Published on 8/5/2022

Florida Jobless Claims Remain Low Amid Economic Concerns

As unemployment claims in Florida remain relatively low amid inflation and debate about a potential recession, Gov. Ron DeSantis is promoting the need for infrastructure projects as one brace against... Read more »
Published on 8/5/2022

Florida leaders announce "massive" effort to address opioid epidemic

As Florida grapples with nearly 2,000 overdose deaths so far this year, state leaders on Wednesday announced a “massive” effort to address opioid addiction in counties that need it most.... Read more »
Published on 8/4/2022

South Florida abortion clinic fights $41,000 state fine over waiting period

A South Florida abortion clinic is fighting an attempt by state regulators to impose a $41,000 fine over allegations that the clinic did not show that it provided required information... Read more »
Published on 8/3/2022

Nearly 600,000 primary ballots already cast

Almost 600,000 Floridians had cast vote-by-mail ballots as of Wednesday morning for the Aug. 23 primary elections, with Democratic voters outnumbering Republicans, according to data posted on the state Division... Read more »
Published on 8/3/2022

Lottery sales beat expectations but start to slow

Florida Lottery ticket sales were $370.3 million higher than expected during the recently completed fiscal year, even with a slowdown in play during the second half of the year, according... Read more »
Published on 8/3/2022

Three Property Insurers Downgraded

In another sign of problems in Florida’s property-insurance market, a financial-ratings agency has withdrawn ratings for two insurance companies and downgraded another company. The Demotech agency on Monday withdrew financial-stability... Read more »
Published on 8/2/2022

Floridians Continue Pulling Plug on Phone Lines

Not that long ago, millions of Florida homes and businesses had landline phones. But a new state report details the continued disappearance of what was a staple of life and... Read more »
Published on 8/2/2022

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