Red light camera crashes are up, and so is ticket revenue
Red light camera crashes are up, and so is ticket revenue
William Patrick | January 17, 2017
Red light camera operators issued a record number of violations to Florida drivers last year — which means more revenue for the state and local governments. But the number of crashes at red light camera intersections also increased.
State economist: 70 percent of Florida’s economic incentive programs losing money
State economist: 70 percent of Florida’s economic incentive programs losing money
William Patrick | January 12, 2017
The debate over whether Florida should change its economic development policies reached its first legislative committee of 2017 this week — with new data casting a shadow on the practice of awarding taxpayer-funded perks to private businesses.
Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’
Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’
William Patrick | January 10, 2017
Lawmakers already skeptical of providing taxpayer support for private businesses may seize on the bureaucratic euphemism and underlying findings—and they might be right.
Reform bill targets Enterprise Florida, but will accountability persuade critics?
Reform bill targets Enterprise Florida, but will accountability persuade critics?
William Patrick | January 04, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott wants to fund it. House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to abolish it. But a new bill filed over the holiday break would split the difference, keeping Enterprise Florida, Inc.'s "corporate welfare" program alive while subjecting it to greater levels of accountability.
Is Betsy DeVos Jeb Bush’s consolation prize?
John Bicknell | January 03, 2017
Politico notes “there may be a silver lining to the 2016 presidential election for Jeb Bush” in the coming nomination of  longtime ally Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Josh Venable, ID’d as a member of Bush’s inner circle, “is helping DeVos prepare for her confirmation hearing,” according to Politico. And Hanna Skandera, who served as […]
Scariest People of 2016: No. 2-Kevin Cunningham
Scariest People of 2016: No. 2-Kevin Cunningham
John Bicknell | December 30, 2016
Part 10 of 9 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]
Proposed legislation would make juvenile civil citations mandatory in Florida
Proposed legislation would make juvenile civil citations mandatory in Florida
William Patrick | December 23, 2016
Florida law enforcement officers have the discretion to issue civil citations to minors caught committing misdemeanor crimes, but a newly filed bill would make them mandatory.
College football meccas are no havens for homesharing
College football meccas are no havens for homesharing
Kathy Hoekstra | December 23, 2016
Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing. Considering many […]
Florida a leader in suspending drivers’ licenses for non-driving-related drug offenses
Florida a leader in suspending drivers’ licenses for non-driving-related drug offenses
William Patrick | December 21, 2016
Florida suspends more drivers’ licenses as a result of drug convictions than almost any other state in the country, but the punishment creates more problems than it actually solves.
Under Trump, Florida’s premium cigar industry could escape job-killing FDA regulations
Under Trump, Florida’s premium cigar industry could escape job-killing FDA regulations
William Patrick | December 20, 2016
On the verge of being snuffed out by the Obama administration, Florida’s traditional premium cigar industry has a chance at new life under President Trump.