December 3, 2022

News Service of Florida

‘Freedom Week' tax holiday coming up. How will it affect Florida's tax revenue?

State economists acknowledge the upcoming “Freedom Week” tax holiday is uncharted territory when it comes to estimating reductions in tax revenue. Lawmakers approved the first-of-its-kind tax holiday, which will run... Read more »
Published on 6/25/2021

Judge blocks aid to minority farmers

Siding with a white farmer from North Florida, a U.S. district judge has blocked a federal plan to provide loan relief to Black and other minority farmers who historically faced... Read more »
Published on 6/24/2021

No more birthday cards for Florida inmates — prisons propose scanning all 'routine' mail

Photos of spouses, kids’ hand-colored drawings and letters stained by tears are among prison inmates’ most-cherished lifelines to the outside world. But Florida corrections officials are moving ahead with a... Read more »
Published on 6/23/2021

Florida drops fight to regulate specialized health-care services

After facing nearly a dozen challenges from hospitals across the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has withdrawn a series of proposed rules related to regulating highly specialized health-care services. The... Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

State appeals court refuses to halt high-stakes hospital fight

In a decade-long legal fight that could involve hundreds of millions of dollars, a state appeals court this past week refused to halt a case that argues Sarasota County is... Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

Black farmers get priority as Florida prepares to issue new medical marijuana licenses

A Black farmer with ties to doing business in Florida will be at the head of the line for a long-awaited batch of medical-marijuana licenses in an application process that... Read more »
Published on 6/21/2021

Florida, other states lose Supreme Court case against Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge by Florida and 17 other states to the Affordable Care Act, leaving intact the law that has helped more than 2... Read more »
Published on 6/18/2021

Florida sees uptick in jobless claims

Florida saw a slight uptick in new unemployment claims last week, yet the numbers continued to be among the lowest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.... Read more »
Published on 6/17/2021

Florida misses deadline on plan for federal schools stimulus money

Florida is among 21 states that have not submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Education detailing how they intend to use the latest round of federal stimulus funds earmarked... Read more »
Published on 6/16/2021

DeSantis pushes through pardon for COVID-19 violators

With Gov. Ron DeSantis saying lockdown restrictions and mask mandates meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 did more harm than good, the state clemency board on Wednesday pardoned all... Read more »
Published on 6/16/2021

Florida asks for more time on potential Medicaid boost

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is asking the federal government for additional time “to consider the potential impacts” of drawing down hundreds of millions of dollars in additional federal Medicaid money for home-... Read more »
Published on 6/15/2021

Florida Realtors backs affordable housing ballot proposal

After years of battles about lawmakers using affordable housing money for other purposes, the organization Florida Realtors is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate tax dollars for housing... Read more »
Published on 6/15/2021

Autism provider challenges state over Medicaid verification system

The state’s largest provider of autism services has filed an administrative complaint against the Medicaid program, alleging that an electronic visit-verification system being tested in eight Southeast Florida counties is... Read more »
Published on 6/14/2021

Florida Board of Medicine agrees to revamp weight-loss rule

Acknowledging that the regulation is inconsistent with Florida law and is out of step with current practice standards, members of the Florida Board of Medicine agreed to revamp a rule... Read more »
Published on 6/14/2021

In Florida and across the country, rural COVID-19 vaccinations lag

COVID-19 vaccination rates lag in vast swaths of rural Florida compared to the rest of the state --- a pattern that also has been seen in other areas of the... Read more »
Published on 6/14/2021

Divided Florida appeals court targets mask requirement

Pointing to privacy rights, a divided state appeals court Friday overturned a circuit judge’s decision last year that allowed Alachua County to keep in place a mask requirement to try... Read more »
Published on 6/13/2021

Florida college athlete compensation rules taking shape

State colleges will have to provide financial workshops as part of a law taking effect July 1 that will allow student athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses.... Read more »
Published on 6/11/2021

Nearing end of season, Florida citrus picture improves

Florida’s beleaguered citrus growers got a slight bump Thursday in their production forecast as the 2020-2021 season approaches its end. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday raised the projected... Read more »
Published on 6/11/2021

Florida jobless claims fall below 6,000

For the first time in more than a year, Florida has posted a weekly count of new unemployment claims on par with the period just before the coronavirus pandemic caused... Read more »
Published on 6/10/2021

DeSantis says he'll sign property insurance bill that could bring higher rates

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he will sign a property insurance package that could lead to larger rate increases for customers of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. while seeking... Read more »
Published on 6/9/2021

Florida looks for proposals for grants to attract jobs to the state

With a fresh $50 million available for next fiscal year, the state jobs agency has opened the application process for a program that provides infrastructure and workforce incentives to attract... Read more »
Published on 6/8/2021

Critics dispute unemployment aid ‘narrative'

Floridians struggling since the start of the coronavirus pandemic are being forced to take jobs below their skill levels and at low wages as the state scales back unemployment assistance,... Read more »
Published on 6/4/2021

New Florida jobless claims continue to fall

New jobless claims in Florida continued to slow last week, as the state moves to scale back unemployment assistance for people out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S.... Read more »
Published on 6/3/2021

State weighs in on drug importation lawsuit

Gov. Ron DeSantis has jumped into an ongoing legal fight between pharmaceutical companies and the federal government over rules that would open the door to Florida importing drugs from Canada.... Read more »
Published on 6/2/2021

Fried 'Ready' to Run for Governor

TALLAHASSEE --- Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, touting her campaign as “something new” and saying she will fight the “rigged system” in Tallahassee, formally entered the 2022 race for governor on... Read more »
Published on 6/1/2021

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