| Apr 28, 2014
| 1:13 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers completed their wrench-work on a $75 billion budget which boosts spending on classrooms and steers $171 million into trying to clean up pollution-wrecked waterways.
House and Senate budget-writers had been wrangling...
| Apr 27, 2014
| 1:14 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers trying to divide $1.3 billion in surplus cash haggled through the weekend over hometown water and education projects, health-care needs and hundreds of other dueling spending priorities.
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:46 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is poised to press ahead with its four-year push to dismantle state growth-management rules.
The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a bill Thursday which exempts seven new counties and 20 cities from a...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:19 PM
A senator’s controversial, presumed-dead quest to secure in-state college tuition for students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally rose from the ashes Wednesday.
Under the measure, undocumented students would be eligible to compete...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:16 AM
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...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 1:24 PM
The race for a seat in the state House of Representatives is already over in half of the districts in Palm Beach County.
In five of the nine districts that represent the county, the incumbents were unopposed. Four will see Democrats re-elected, and in...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:20 AM
When it comes to understanding the politics roiling the issue of in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants in Florida, it helps to consult a map. One should also remember Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s dictum...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades.
But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:46 PM
TALLAHASSEE – The chairman of a Senate panel studying the Indian River Lagoon and South Florida waters wants to strip the federal government of the power to decide when to pump polluted waters out of Lake Okeechobee.
Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers eager to cut taxes and boost spending in an election-year got $124 million more reasons Wednesday.
State economists revised Florida's revenue forecast upward by that amount for the fiscal year beginning in July on the...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 11:27 AM
One of Broward’s top priorities – money for expansion at Port Everglades – is likely to fare well in the annual legislative session that begins Tuesday.
That was the message delivered by state Sen. Joe Negron this week to Broward Days,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Here are some quick takes from state Sen. Joe Negron, who was in Fort Lauderdale this week to speak to Broward Days, the organization that brings business and government together to advocate for the county in Tallahassee.
Negron, a Stuart Republican,...