Florida in focus: Most of public wants veto of school funding bill, Gov. Rick Scott’s office indicates
Watchdog News | May 19, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Most of public wants veto of school funding bill, Gov. Rick Scott’s office indicates By a margin of at least 3-to-1 so far, Floridians are telling Gov. Rick Scott they want him to veto a controversial $419 million K-12 public schools bill House Republicans pushed through at the end of session, according to […]
Florida in focus: South Florida is No. 1 in the U.S. for new startup activity, study shows
Watchdog News | May 18, 2017
Miami Herald: South Florida is No. 1 in the U.S. for new startup activity, study shows Step aside, Austin, Texas. Startup activity is bigger in Miami. So says the Kauffman Foundation’s 2017 Index of Startup Activity, which measures new business creation. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranked No. 1 among the 40 largest metro areas in the […]
Florida in focus: Marco Rubio for prez again?
Watchdog News | May 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Marco Rubio for prez again? And will Trump be on the 2020 ballot? Marco Rubio wants to be president. He tried in 2016 and lost handily to a Republican he had described as “wholly unqualified” and a “con artist.” But even as President Trump seems to self destruct week after week, Rubio […]
Florida in focus: Charter students, especially minorities, score better on Florida tests, report finds
Watchdog News | May 15, 2017
Miami Herald: Charter students, especially minorities, score better on Florida tests, report finds Few issues in education inspire more debate than the issue of charter schools vs. traditional public schools. And few places is that debate more heated — or more partisan — than in Florida. Charter school proponents argue that publicly funded, privately managed […]
Florida in focus: Business priorities struggled with this year’s Legislature
Watchdog News | May 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Tribune: Business priorities struggled with this year’s Florida Legislature It was a bad year for business in the Florida Legislature. At the top of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s agenda was a plea to change the state’s workers compensation system. The National Federation of Independent Businesses of Florida once again made cutting business rent […]
Florida in focus: Gov. Scott ready for budget with ‘surgical but massive’ vetoes
Watchdog News | May 11, 2017
Miami Herald: Gov. Scott ready for budget with ‘surgical but massive’ vetoes Gov. Rick Scott keeps a veto pen on his desk, but considering his total frustration with the 2017 Legislature, it looks more like a machete. Now the question is whether he’s willing to use it. Ignored by his fellow Republicans, Scott is considering […]
Florida in focus: Legislature passes $82.4 billion budget; is veto coming?
Watchdog News | May 09, 2017
Miami Herald: Legislature passes $82.4 billion budget; is veto coming? The budget Gov. Rick Scott didn’t want to see is heading for his desk. Three days behind schedule, the Florida Legislature finally voted out an $82.4 billion budget late Monday that gives the Republican governor none of his three biggest priorities, has just a fraction […]
Florida in focus: 10 big issues for Monday’s legislative session
Watchdog News | May 07, 2017
Florida Today: 10 big issues for Monday’s legislative session Florida lawmakers will gather Monday at the Capitol to pass a new state budget. But for the most part, the annual legislative session ended Friday night when the House and Senate adjourned after a final round of negotiating and maneuvering. As always, the Legislature considered hundreds […]
Florida in focus: Negotiators nail down $83 billion Florida budget
Dan McCaleb | May 05, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Negotiators nail down $83 billion Florida budget http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/negotiators-nail-down-83-billion-florida-budget/2322815 Behind schedule and late in the evening, House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday to an $83 billion spending plan for the year that begins July 1, setting up a delayed end to the legislative session. The agreement provides for a modest increase in the […]
Florida in focus: Solar backers support measure to carry out voter-approved tax hike
Watchdog News | May 04, 2017
Orlando Sentinel: Solar backers support measure to carry out Florida voters-approved tax break Solar energy backers are supporting a “good enough” measure that would carry out a decision by voters to expand a renewable-energy tax break. After the measure (SB 90) got unanimous support Wednesday from the House, the Senate is expected as early as […]