by Bruce Ritchie - 17 hours ago -
In 2012, the Orlando Sentinel reported that companies received brownfield tax breaks without having to show there was contamination. HB 7007 and SB 4006 require that brownfield sites have cleanup agreements in place with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or be next to such contamination areas. Some say that is too restrictive.
by James Call - 17 hours ago -
Tests results reveal a stubborn achievement gap among Florida students. More than two-thirds of white students scores indicate they are reading at or above grade level while barely half of Hispanic students and 38 percent of black students reach the mark.
by Florida Current Staff - 22 hours ago -
The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists picks a new chairman and the State Board of Education selects a vice chairman.
by Florida Current Staff - 19 hours ago -
This week we learned what Gov. Rick Scott didn't like in the budget as he signed the overall spending package, that Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s latest takeout deal wasn't well-received, and that four lawyers at the Department of Environmental Protection were shown the door.
by Bruce Ritchie - 1 day ago -
Former DEP attorney Christopher T. Byrd wrote on his Facebook page that a new DEP general counsel "is moving in a 'new direction,' not in the direction of environmental protection, thanks (Gov.) Rick Scott." A department spokesman said reduction of four attorneys was about reduced caseload and has nothing to do with less environmental protection.
by Gray Rohrer - 1 day ago -
The Department of Education has agreed to pay Infinity Software Development $1.25 million to settle a dispute over a $20 million contract to build a website to help get students ready for new academic standards being phased in over the next few years.
by Gray Rohrer - 1 day ago -
The state made its last payment on $3.5 billion in federal loans for unemployment compensation claims this week.
by Gray Rohrer - 2 days ago -
The deal gives nine month-old Heritage Property and Casualty Co. up to $52 million to take over 60,000 policies throughout the state. Heritage will be allowed to select policies without any claims filed over the past five months.
by Bruce Ritchie - 2 days ago -
Environmental groups are supporting a ballot measure that would direct 33 percent of an excise tax on documents towards conservation activities. Analysts say whether the amendment resulted in more or less money being spent would depend on decisions made by the Legislature.
by Bill Cotterell - 2 days ago -
The Chamber gives high marks to lawmakers who back its agenda, saying their pro-business votes support job creators. A lawmaker ranked low by the group dismissed its finding, calling the Chamber "an arm of the right wing."
by Aggregation Desk - 2 days ago -
Plaintiffs want to question staff because they say emails indicate lawmakers adopted maps drawn by an outside firm. Defendants argued there is no evidence to support the charge.
by Florida Current Staff - 2 days ago -
Sales of existing single family homes and condos jumped up last month, but were heavily reliant on cash deals, suggesting the housing recovery is heavily reliant on investors.
by Bill Cotterell - 3 days ago -
Gov. Rick Scott signed the measure late Monday night. It allows supervisors of elections to restore the early-voting days cut two years ago. Voter advocates hail the measure as a great stride forward.
by Gray Rohrer - 3 days ago -
Foreclosure attorneys are preparing to file suit to stop HB 87, the expedited foreclosure bill, should Gov. Rick Scott sign it into law.
by Aggregation Desk - 3 days ago -
by Gray Rohrer - 4 days ago -
by Bruce Ritchie - 4 days ago -
by Aggregation Desk - 4 days ago -
by Florida Current Staff - 5 days ago -
by Bruce Ritchie - 7 days ago -