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OPINION: Since the beginning, the business industry has backed the DACA program as well as the opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Business leaders have participated in direct communication with President Trump, formed organizations to fight for DACA, organized fly-ins and have personally met with congress. At the end of last year, over 100 companies put pressure on Congress by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. These companies include names such as IBM, Facebook, Twitter and Uber.
OPINION: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have a chance to right a wrong of their own making. They can – and should – comply with a court order to create a reasonable process to restore voting rights to ex-prisoners. U.S. District Judge Mark Warner ordered the state to develop a new method of deciding when and how convicted felons can regain their voting rights. The ruling gives the Florida Cabinet one month to create a new clemency process that consists of standards, not whims. In the words made famous by the governor himself, it’s time to ‘get to work.’
OPINION: As our country faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic that takes at least 115 lives each day, you may have noticed a new neighbor on your block.  Without fanfare or neighborhood notification, the house next door may now be a “sober home” or “recovery residence,” where multiple unrelated individuals in drug recovery live together in pursuit of sobriety.  There is no medical treatment inside these residences.  They are just a communal living space where residents usually attend outpatient rehab at a nearby facility.  The best of these homes are the ones you never even notice are amongst you.  The worst degenerate into flophouses, where unscrupulous landlords exploit people with substance use disorder for money or sex, and encourage relapse over recovery.  
OPINION: Florida is known to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Given that fact, most Floridians know tourism is the main driver of the economy in the Sunshine State. What most aren’t aware of is that agriculture is a primary reason why Florida has a top 5 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the United States. From citrus and vegetables to sugarcane and forestry, the agriculture industry employs over 2 million people and contributes $127 billion statewide annually. All this success was negatively impacted, however, when the Obama administration and the EPA broadened the clean water regulations and banned the industry’s most widely used pesticide.
OPINION: Floridians are blessed with a low cost of living.  When comparing the cost of housing, utilities, transportation, health, or the overall cost of living, Florida is lower than the U.S. average.  Why, then, is Florida ranked among the five most expensive states for car insurance?  The answer is, in part, because of a broken statutory system that does not require the purchase of third-party bodily injury coverage (BI) but does require the purchase of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage laden with high costs and pervasive fraud.
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