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 […]
Florida in focus: State budget boosts Brevard tourism and arts, hits lagoon and colleges
Watchdog News | July 10, 2017
Florida Today: State budget boosts Brevard tourism and arts, hits lagoon and colleges Brevard County residents soon will see the effects of the state’s $82 billion budget everywhere —  including Port Canaveral, the Indian River Lagoon, local colleges, theaters, the Brevard Zoo and more. Money for space and trade will bring upgrades and needed renovations to Cape Canaveral Air […]
Florida in focus: Lawsuit demands Florida pay up on $1 billion in donation matches to state schools
Watchdog News | July 07, 2017
Miami Herald: Lawsuit demands Florida pay up on $1 billion in donation matches to state schools In the 1970s, Florida joined a wave of states that encouraged private philanthropy to public universities by matching donations. Following the housing market crash and economic downturn, the Legislature put the matching rules on hold “temporarily” in 2011. Temporarily […]
Florida in focus: Florida hits $340 million jackpot by settling gambling dispute with Seminole Tribe
Watchdog News | July 06, 2017
Miami Herald: Florida hits $340 million jackpot by settling gambling dispute with Seminole Tribe Blackjack will continue uninterrupted at casinos run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, parimutuels will be ordered to stop offering controversial competing card games, and the State of Florida will have access to more than $340 million in new money, under […]