November 29, 2023

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Florida port officials heading to California to drum up cargo business

Florida port officials will head to California this month to push for more cargo ships to come to Florida to help ease global supply-chain issues. Members of the Florida Ports... Read more »
Published on 2/7/2022

Florida tax revenues beat projections in December

With inflation helping boost sales tax collections, money continues to amass for state lawmakers as they patch together a budget for next fiscal year. State economists reported Thursday that general-revenue... Read more »
Published on 2/4/2022

Jobless claims remain steady in Florida

First-time unemployment claims in Florida remain at a steady pace despite impacts of the omicron variant of the coronavirus and inflation. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 6,081... Read more »
Published on 2/3/2022

Battle over casino initiative continues as deadline passes

The fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would open the door to Las Vegas-style casinos in North Florida remained in limbo Tuesday, after a judge refused to immediately give... Read more »
Published on 2/2/2022

Increased Duke fuel costs get go-ahead

Duke Energy Florida customers will start seeing increased monthly bills because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a Duke request to... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2022

Lawmakers seek to bolster resiliency efforts

Florida senators are looking at taking further steps to combat rising sea levels by expanding a proposal that would put a resiliency office directly under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ control The... Read more »
Published on 2/1/2022

Casino initiative legal fight dropped

After two months of fierce legal battling, supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at allowing casinos in North Florida have dropped a lawsuit that alleged opponents tried to “sabotage”... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2022

Appeals court rules there's no ‘legal right' to force a hospital to treat COVID patient with ivermectin

A state appeals court on Thursday said a family did not have a “legal right” to force Mayo Clinic Jacksonville to administer the controversial drug ivermectin to try to keep... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2022

Medical malpractice fight emerges again in Florida Legislature

The Florida House on Thursday refueled a debate about whether parents should be able to seek damages for mental pain and suffering when their adult children die because of alleged... Read more »
Published on 1/31/2022

Sports Betting Initiative Misses Mark for 2022

Florida voters won’t have a chance to decide whether to legalize sports betting after supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment backed by major online gambling companies FanDuel and DraftKings acknowledged... Read more »
Published on 1/29/2022

Florida weekly jobless claims below 7,000

Florida continues to see unemployment claims roll in at a pace that has remained relatively stable since May and well below the crush of claims when businesses closed or scaled... Read more »
Published on 1/27/2022

Controversial local lawsuits bill to see changes

A controversial measure that could lead to businesses filing lawsuits against cities and counties likely will be revamped Thursday when it goes before the Florida Senate. Sen. Travis Hutson, a... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2022

Senators Look to Stem Citizens Insurance Growth

A Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal aimed at stemming the growth of the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and shifting more policies into the private market. The Senate Banking... Read more »
Published on 1/26/2022

New CEO Named at NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, named John Ketchum on Tuesday as its president and chief executive officer. Ketchum, who has held a number of executive... Read more »
Published on 1/25/2022

Lawmakers look to boost broadband in rural areas

Florida lawmakers are looking to use at least $400 million in federal stimulus money to to help broadband providers expand services to mostly rural, underserved areas. But don’t expect to... Read more »
Published on 1/24/2022

Duke Energy dispute goes to Florida Supreme Court

A dispute about whether Duke Energy Florida customers should be required to pay $7.2 million related to an outage at a power plant has gone to the state Supreme Court.... Read more »
Published on 1/24/2022

State gets $4 billion bump in estimated tax dollars

 With lawmakers preparing to craft a new state budget, economists estimated Friday that Florida will collect nearly $4 billion more in general-revenue taxes than had been expected over two years.... Read more »
Published on 1/22/2022

Florida weekly jobless claims dip

With the state set to issue a detailed unemployment report Friday, first-time jobless claims decreased last week. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 7,694 first-time unemployment claims were... Read more »
Published on 1/21/2022

State agencies grapple with worker shortage

Amid a national worker shortage, state agencies are struggling to fill vacant positions and retain employees, including those who care for some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. Many employees are... Read more »
Published on 1/20/2022

Visit Florida Extension Gets House Support

A proposal to extend the life of Visit Florida got support Tuesday in the House, where the state’s tourist-marketing agency has faced skepticism in past years. The House Tourism, Infrastructure... Read more »
Published on 1/19/2022

Lawmakers Back Limiting Ballot Initiatives

In the latest chapter in years of battles about amending the Florida Constitution, a House panel Tuesday backed a proposal that would limit the subjects that could be included in... Read more »
Published on 1/19/2022

Prisons Chief Offers Optimism about Embattled System

Florida’s embattled prison system is poised for a turnaround if lawmakers continue to fund staff increases and bonuses, Department of Corrections Secretary Ricky Dixon told a Senate panel on Tuesday.... Read more »
Published on 1/18/2022

Florida gasoline prices head higher

Gasoline prices in Florida increased 3 cents a gallon during the past week and are expected to continue rising because of higher oil prices, the AAA auto club said Tuesday.... Read more »
Published on 1/18/2022

Jobless Claims Up as 2022 Starts

First-time unemployment claims in Florida doubled during the first week of 2022 from the holiday-shortened final week of 2021. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 9,705 initial unemployment... Read more »
Published on 1/13/2022

Lottery Ticket Sales Beat Expectations

Florida Lottery ticket sales were $314 million above projections in the first half of the current fiscal year, but state economists anticipate a “pandemic-related” surge in sales to ease. A... Read more »
Published on 1/13/2022

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