Florida in focus: North Miami announces film incentive program aimed at keeping business in Florida
Watchdog News | July 26, 2017
Miami Herald: North Miami announces film incentive program aimed at keeping business in Florida As more TV and film productions make their home in Georgia, California and elsewhere outside the Sunshine State, another local government is hoping to make up a part of the nearly $300 million in incentives that Florida once offered to the industry. North Miami, […]
Florida in focus: Home prices closing in on previous peaks
Watchdog News | July 25, 2017
Sun Sentinel: Home prices closing in on previous peaks Home prices increased across South Florida in June and are inching ever closer to the peaks achieved before the market meltdown a decade ago. Still, analysts are not forecasting another historic collapse. They say the robust market is due for a dip and predict prices will […]
Florida in focus: How Florida explains our polarized politics
Watchdog News | July 24, 2017
The Hill: How Florida explains our polarized politics The strategists plotting Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) reelection bid in 2014 faced a problem: The state’s explosive growth, especially in liberal cities like Miami, Orlando and Tampa, was being fueled by an influx of voters likely to back Scott’s Democratic opponent. To win a second term, […]
Florida in focus: Gov. Rick Scott for President?
Watchdog News | July 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott for President? Reubin Askew tried. So did Bob Graham. And Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. When you’ve shown an ability to win statewide elections in America’s biggest swing state, you’re almost automatically a credible contender for president. Could Rick Scott be the Floridian who finally winds up in the […]
Florida in focus: Tampa to discuss raising property tax rate for first time in 29 years
Watchdog News | July 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Tampa to discuss raising property tax rate for first time in 29 years The last time Tampa raised its property tax rate, the president was George H.W. Bush (the dad) and gasoline cost 97 cents a gallon. Since then, not raising the tax rate has been an article of faith at City […]
Pennsylvania in focus: Computers are back on the list for Florida back-to-school tax holiday
Watchdog News | July 18, 2017
Sun Sentinel: Computers are back on the list for Florida back-to-school tax holiday Expensive computers are back on the list of tax-free items Floridians can buy during the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday held in August. On Aug. 4-6, consumers will pay zero tax on hundreds of items, from clothes and shoes ($60 or less) to school supplies […]
Florida in focus: Auditors find millions in ‘questionable costs’ at water district
Watchdog News | July 17, 2017
Miami Herald: Auditors find millions in ‘questionable costs’ at water district Officials in charge of the smallest water management district in Florida were making a big mistake: they appeared to be keeping millions of dollars acquired from land sales instead of returning it to the state’s general fund — and they had no paper trail. The […]
Florida in focus: Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout
Watchdog News | July 13, 2017
Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago. Halifax Hospital District lowers tax […]
Florida in focus: Florida defies big-state financial curse
Watchdog News | July 12, 2017
Florida defies big-state financial curse Large states like Illinois (49th in our Mercatus Center state fiscal health rankings), New York (39th), California (43rd) and Pennsylvania (45th) struggle financially compared with smaller states. Even business-obsessed Texas (23rd) has long-term, pension-fueled concerns. But at No. 1, Florida — similar in size and economic potential to Illinois — […]
Florida in focus: South Florida Water Management District to propose tax cut
Watchdog News | July 11, 2017
South Florida Water Management District to propose tax cut; Audubon to oppose When the South Florida Water Management District board considers cutting taxes Thursday, they’ll hear opposition from environmentalists who say the agency needs all the money it can get to help pay for water projects. The board is scheduled to vote on a tentative budget for […]