September 17, 2021

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Wages, population growth in Florida lag

The average annual wage in Florida dipped further below the national mark in 2020, according to an economic overview by the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research. A 21-page... Read more »
Published on 9/1/2021

Florida penalizes Alachua, Broward school districts in mask standoffs

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced Monday that the state Department of Education has withheld funds from the Alachua and Broward county school districts in amounts equal to school board members’... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Florida Supreme Court shields top corporate executives from depositions

Prompted by a case involving the retired chairman of Suzuki Motor Corp., the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday shielded high-ranking business executives from having to give depositions in lawsuits. Justices,... Read more »
Published on 8/30/2021

Replacing state surgeon general may be difficult

Florida needs a new state surgeon general. The question could quickly become: Will it be easy to find someone? Scott Rivkees announced he will leave his post as surgeon general... Read more »
Published on 8/29/2021

Panhandle could feel effects of developing storm

The National Hurricane Center is advising Panhandle residents to keep an eye on a rapidly moving and growing storm in the west-central Caribbean. “The system is expected to enter into... Read more »
Published on 8/26/2021

Florida jobless claims up slightly

New unemployment claims increased last week in Florida but remain similar to pre-pandemic levels. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated that 6,494 first-time unemployment claims were filed in... Read more »
Published on 8/26/2021

Judge weighs decision to halt unemployment money

 A Leon County circuit judge Wednesday waded into a lawsuit about whether Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration violated state law when it cut off federal unemployment money in June for tens... Read more »
Published on 8/26/2021

Legal battle over protest law could offer grammar lesson

Parsing sentences might be a lost art, but attorneys in a court battle over a controversial Florida law that targets violent protests might want to brush up on their grammar... Read more »
Published on 8/25/2021

Groups line up behind electric rate increase to expand solar power

Two more organizations have signed on to a proposed settlement that would lead to Florida Power & Light raising base electric rates and expanding solar energy. Vote Solar and The... Read more »
Published on 8/25/2021

'Hitting the accelerator': Florida tourism leaders eye resurgence amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tourism leaders are focusing on the resurgence this year in the number of people visiting Florida, as the state continues grappling with a spike in COVID-19 cases. In a brief... Read more »
Published on 8/24/2021

New jobless claims stay at pre-pandemic level

Florida continues to see pre-pandemic levels of unemployment claims, with an estimated 4,092 first-time applications for benefits submitted last week. The estimate for the week that ended Aug. 14 was... Read more »
Published on 8/19/2021

Florida sports betting deal facing second court challenge

Upping the ante in the courts, two pari-mutuel facilities have filed a second federal lawsuit challenging a 30-year gambling agreement reached by Gov. Ron DeSantis that gives the Seminole Tribe... Read more »
Published on 8/19/2021

Florida tax revenues get $2.6 billion boost

Florida lawmakers will have an additional $2.6 billion to play with in general-revenue taxes, along with nearly $6 billion in unspent federal coronavirus stimulus money, as they begin to piece... Read more »
Published on 8/18/2021

Feds to continue picking up COVID-19 tab

In a boost for Florida and other states, the Biden administration on Tuesday issued a memorandum extending through the end of the year a move by the federal government to... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2021

E-commerce company challenges state pot restriction

E-commerce company Leafly has carved out a niche as one of the nation’s leading shopping sites for all things cannabis. Leafly and similar websites allow visitors to peruse the stock... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2021

Tab for DeSantis, dignitary security nearly $4.85 million

Florida taxpayers spent nearly $4.85 million during the past fiscal year to protect Gov. Ron DeSantis, his family, the governor’s mansion and various visiting dignitaries, according to a state report... Read more »
Published on 8/17/2021

AARP: Florida nursing homes lead nation in worker COVID infections

A report released Thursday by AARP shows that Florida had the nation’s highest percentage of nursing homes reporting new COVID-19 infections among staff members during a four-week period in June and July.... Read more »
Published on 8/16/2021

Florida sees tourism rebound in second quarter

Florida attracted 31.7 million visitors in the second quarter of this year, as the state continued to expand tourism-marketing efforts and COVID-19 vaccinations became readily available. The total was a... Read more »
Published on 8/16/2021

Florida's jobless claims at pre-pandemic level

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he anticipates “pretty good” July unemployment numbers, as a federal report Thursday showed that first-time jobless claims last week in Florida were at a level not... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2021

Citizens Insurance Tops 661,000 Policies

Continuing to add thousands of customers a week, the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. had more than 661,000 policies at the end of July, according to newly posted data on... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2021

DeSantis objects to vaccine mandates for hospital workers

Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t want Florida businesses to require customers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to get served or enter establishments, so he swayed lawmakers this spring to pass... Read more »
Published on 8/9/2021

Florida's Medicaid enrollment projected to top 5 million

By June 2022, more than 5 million Florida residents are expected to be enrolled in Medicaid — the state and federal health program that serves as a safety net for... Read more »
Published on 8/9/2021

Florida jobless claims drop to pandemic low

First-time unemployment claims in Florida last week dropped to a new one-week low during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 6,289 first-time applications were filed in the... Read more »
Published on 8/5/2021

Drones, money pitched to bolster red tide efforts

Drones could be used to monitor red tide, and money should be set aside to offset local costs of removing fish killed by toxic algae blooms, state wildlife officials said... Read more »
Published on 8/4/2021

Florida may drop Ben & Jerry's investments for not selling ice cream in West Bank, Gaza

State investment in the parent company of the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream chain could be blocked later this year after Ben & Jerry’s announced plans to stop selling its products... Read more »
Published on 8/3/2021

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