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CORCORAN SEEKS TO PULL PLUG ON PUBLIC FINANCING

August 25, 2017 - 08:53

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 23, 2017......... House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced Wednesday that he wants to repeal part of the Florida Constitution that provides public financing for statewide election candidates.

Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and House Commerce Chairman Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, announced they are asking the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to place the repeal on next year's general-election ballot.

UF/IFAS Tropical REC still recovering 25 years after Hurricane Andrew

August 23, 2017 - 10:01

By: Brad Buck, UF/IFAS

Photography courtesy of UF/IFAS

Destroyed infrastructure on the campus of UF’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead following Hurricane Andrew

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- As Hurricane Andrew barreled toward South Florida in the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1992, Jonathan Crane gathered his family and headed toward the center of their Homestead house.

High winds blew out some windows at the Crane residence, and the neighbors ended up at their home. Nine people huddled in a hallway. The harrowing experience lasted from 3 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

STATUE OF EDUCATOR BETHUNE PROPOSED TO REPLACE GENERAL

August 21, 2017 - 21:13

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 21, 2017......... Amid a national debate about monuments and statues, a South Florida lawmaker renewed his push Monday for a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune --- an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University --- to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

State Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, proposed a resolution (SCR 184) to have Bethune replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida's two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

$50 million from the state for springs across Florida

August 16, 2017 - 11:02

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

August 13, 2017 - 17:41

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

August 04, 2017 - 14:14

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

July 20, 2017 - 17:46

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.

FLORIDA TO PROVIDE LIMITED VOTER INFORMATION TO PANEL

July 08, 2017 - 11:23

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 6, 2017......... With Democrats and some Republicans increasing calls this week to fully reject a federal commission's request for voter information, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that the state will only provide publicly available data.

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