Tort reform group again slams Florida as ‘judicial hellhole’
Tort reform group again slams Florida as ‘judicial hellhole’
Erin Clark | December 16, 2016
A newly released report by the American Tort Reform Association finds that residents of the Sunshine State are living in a very warm place indeed. The 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes rankings are out, and Florida came in at an ignoble 4th.  Florida follows St. Louis, Missouri; California; and New York City Asbestos Litigation as home to […]
Florida’s home-baked food regulations are half-baked
Florida’s home-baked food regulations are half-baked
William Patrick | December 16, 2016
Aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone else looking to make some extra dough from their baking skills better take note of Florida's home-baked food laws.
Airbnb, Tampa closing in on taxes deal
Erin Clark | December 15, 2016
With the College Football Playoff National Championships approaching, Airbnb and Hillsborough County are getting closer to a bed tax agreement.
Florida Head Start misses majority of children
Erin Clark | December 14, 2016
A new report shows that Head Start programs in Florida serve only a small percentage of eligible children.
‘Smart Justice’ group aims to reduce misdemeanor arrests for trivial crimes
‘Smart Justice’ group aims to reduce misdemeanor arrests for trivial crimes
William Patrick | December 13, 2016
A Tallahassee-based criminal justice group is pushing a reform measure that could substantially reduce the number of arrests for misdemeanor crimes committed in Florida.
‘Trade secrets’ protect rapper Pitbull’s contract with Visit Florida
Erin Clark | December 12, 2016
How much did Florida taxpayers pay rapper Pitbull for tourism promotion? Visit Florida can't say because of 'trade secrets.'
Florida state charity drive suspended after 40 years
Erin Clark | December 09, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott suspended a program Thursday that allowed Florida state workers to donate to charities through their paychecks, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The announcement came on the heels of an audit that revealed previously undocumented costs associated with the program. State employees donated $280,000 to charity this fall through the paycheck program.  But […]
Study: Florida ranks 32nd in state-level health care flexibility
Study: Florida ranks 32nd in state-level health care flexibility
William Patrick | December 09, 2016
The more flexibility and discretion afforded to healthcare providers and patients in a given state, the better, the analysis assumes.
Expunged records bill causes First Amendment debate in Tallahassee
Erin Clark | December 08, 2016
A new bill proposed by Florida state Sen. Greg Steube has First Amendment advocates crying foul.
Economist: Tax incentive deals aren’t a proven roadmap to economic growth
Economist: Tax incentive deals aren’t a proven roadmap to economic growth
William Patrick | December 07, 2016
New polling suggests that Donald Trump’s recent Carrier incentive deal was “wildly popular,” but the president-elect’s first major action since Election Day isn’t a proven roadmap to widespread economic growth.