State News

$50 million from the state for springs across Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 40 springs projects that will receive $50 million as part of the 2017-2018 state budget. While none of the 40 projects appear to be in Hernando County, there are projects in neighboring counties that have been funded. Hernando County did receive a $400,000 allocation for a Weeki Wachee River channel restoration project which does not seem to be part of 40 projects.

TIMELINE EYED FOR CONSTITUTION PROPOSALS

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 9, 2017......... Floridians who have ideas for changing the state Constitution would have until Sept. 22 to submit proposals, under a tentative plan advanced Wednesday by a committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.

The commission's Rules and Administration Committee also voted to set an Oct. 24 deadline for proposals submitted by the commission's 37 members, after an Oct. 10deadline for submitting draft proposals.

STATE OFFERS TAX `HOLIDAY' FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPERS

By JIM TURNER -- THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 2, 2017......... With computers returned to the discount list, Florida retailers are readying for back-to-school shoppers this weekend during the state's sales-tax “holiday.”

The holiday, which will run Friday through Sunday is a large part of a tax-cut package (HB 7109) that lawmakers passed this spring. The package is projected to provide $91.6 million in tax breaks during the budget year that started July 1.

GOLDMAN SACHS REACHES OUT TO SCOTT ON VENEZUELA

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 20, 2017......... Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which has taken heat for its purchase of $2.8 billion in bonds for Venezuela's state-run oil company, is working behind the scenes as Gov. Rick Scott seeks to prevent Florida from doing business with entities supporting the Maduro regime.

Scott hasn't outlined details of the proposal he intends to put before the state Cabinet on Aug. 16. But just saying he wants to make a change that could affect the state's investments has drawn attention from the Wall Street firm.

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