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  • Until the final hour, lawmakers scramble to pay for more pet projects

    Until the final hour, lawmakers scramble to pay for more pet projects
    TALLAHASSEE – In Florida budget politics, it pays to be a night owl. Long after House and Senate budget negotiators have cinched deals on the biggest brick-and-mortar components of their $75 billion spending plan for next fiscal year –...
  • Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill

    Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott the Orlando expressway merger bill
    TALLAHASSEE – The Legislature sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan Thursday to create a new Central Florida Expressway Authority which would oversee billions of dollars in regional road-projects. The Senate voted 36-0 to go along with a House compromise to...
  • After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion

    After daylong standoff, Legislature sends Gov. Rick Scott a school-voucher expansion
    TALLAHASSEE -- After a half-day standoff, the Florida Legislature voted Friday to let the state's main school-voucher program expand its enrollment in exchange for more oversight of student-performance and the organization running the system. Voucher...
  • Tax group: $120.9 million in budget 'turkeys' identified

    Tax group: $120.9 million in budget 'turkeys' identified
    TALLAHASSEE -- Business-backed Florida TaxWatch Friday singled out nearly $121 million in pet projects lawmakers included in the budget they passed earlier this month as "turkeys" which bypassed normal review processes. The group is asking Gov. Rick...
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  • Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'

    Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'
    TALLAHASSEE – It was the biggest binge on hometown projects since the pre-Great Recession days. The Florida Legislature used its best financial outlook in nearly a decade this spring to sprinkle in more taxpayer-funded hometown projects –...
  • In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill

    In wake of grand jury, Senate adds ethics rules to Central Florida expressway bill
    TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to merge Central Florida's road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando's expressway authority. The bill, SB 230, would...
  • Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger

    Osceola balks at Central Florida expressway merger
    TALLAHASSEE -- A House lawmaker said Monday that Osceola County officials are still hesitant to embrace a plan to merge its tollway authority with those in neighboring Orange, Seminole and Lake counties. Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, got his merger bill,...
  • House tries to shape up all X-way authorities, not just Orlando's

    House tries to shape up all X-way authorities, not just Orlando's
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House is advancing an ethics reform proposal to impose tighter rules of the road for officials on expressway authorities in some of the state's heaviest-trafficked and problem-plagued metropolitan areas. A Senate plan (SB 230)...
  • Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote

    Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote
    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature. Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...
  • Senate adds sweetener to stadium bill for Orlando, Miami, Daytona projects

    Senate adds sweetener to stadium bill for Orlando, Miami, Daytona projects
    TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal to give tax subsidies annually to more professional sports stadiums got sweeter for Central Florida Thursday, as lawmakers added language allowing projects already underway to get ahead of the line for tax dollars. Both the...
  • With Broward-led spike in prison population, lawmakers look at non-violent drug crimes

    With Broward-led spike in prison population, lawmakers look at non-violent drug crimes
    TALLAHASSEE -- With crime at a 41-year low, Florida lawmakers were puzzled: why was the nation's third-largest prison system getting bigger? Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a projected 5,000-inmate spike in the state's prison population to argue in a...