THE ROTUNDA- Episode 51 explores some of the winners, losers and memorable food fights in the Florida Legislature’s annual session. Gov. Rick Scott attempts to put a positive spin on his bruised and battered agenda, Rep. Jose Felix Diaz talks about the death of his gambling bill, Sen. Oscar Braynon discuses why Surgeon General John Armstrong had to lose his job and Uber fights to the bitter end in an unsuccessful attempt to pass ridesharing legislation. Gomes also chats with POLITICO’s Marc Caputo about what could be Marco Rubio’s last stand in the GOP presidential race.   
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TALLAHASSEE -- House and Senate budget negotiators finalized the roughly $80 billion 2016-17 state budget Monday night, in the process growing the overall spending plan by $123 million. The increased spending came largely from supplemental funding lists, known as “sprinkle lists” in Capitol parlance, that emerge at the end of final budget negotiations. The lists were unveiled during a 9 p.m. budget meeting. The House proposed $30 million in additional spending, while the Senate had $72 million in additional funding. On the lists was a $25 million boost for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, including a 3 percent increase for residential habilitation services, which amounts to nearly $11 million. Other things on the last-minute spending list include $11 million proposed by the Senate for the University of North Florida’s Skinner Jones Hall. Budget negotiators said the project had support throughout the process, but had slipped through the cracks. The Senate also put forward $10 million for the Department of State’s cultural grant list. Read more in POLITICO
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Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Episode 50: The Final Countdown

THE ROTUNDA - We're celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Rotunda podcast! Since our launch in March of 2015, Gomes has been using his public radio chops to feature the many people and issues shaping Florida politics. His 50th episode includes a walk-and-talk interview through the streets of Tallahassee with new-media mogul Peter Schorsch sharing some of his “juiciest tidbits” about Florida’s political landscape. Gomes checks in on Marco Rubio’s campaign strategy to win the Sunshine State following his disappointing finish on Super Saturday and then an update on some of the top issues percolating in the final days of 2016 legislative session.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Since lawmakers last week unveiled the outline for their roughly $80 billion budget plan, news has gone from bad to worse for Gov. Rick Scott. Legislative budget-writers rocked the Capitol by not funding the $250 million in economic incentive money Scott requested. It was his biggest budget priority, and his budget staff has met with legislative leaders in his plaza-level office on the issue since trying to resurrect the plan, though the chances, if there are any, seem exceedingly thin. Scott wanted $1 million in tax cuts. The Legislature responded with a $400 million plan that’s likely to look nothing like Scott’s proposal. Those snubs came even after Scott signed into law top priorities for legislative leaders. He signed off on a water bill for House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner’s proposals to help developmentally disabled children. But, for Scott, the moves seemed to buy him little capital with the lawmakers. Read more in POLITICO
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Monday, 29 February 2016 00:00

Episode 49: Budget Bullies

THE ROTUNDA -- This episode explores whether Marco Rubio’s battle with Donald Trump will get him enough delegates on Super Tuesday to stay in the race. Rubio’s state campaign co-chairman, who is also former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner tells Gomes the campaign is cranking up as former Jeb Bush supporters ban together to help Rubio. The Legislature said no to Gov. Rick Scott’s top budget priorities including a $250 million pot of economic incentive money. POLITICO’s Matt Dixon discusses the fallout. Also, is computer coding a foreign language? Gomes looks at how Florida could soon allow students to meet their foreign language requirement through coding.
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TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers agreed to a budget outline on Friday that deals a body blow to Gov. Rick Scott’s top policy priorities, a move that will no doubt tempt the governor to wield a heavy veto pen. The spending plan agreed to by the House and Senate’s top budget-writers includes no money for a $250 million pot of economic incentive money that has been pushed for hard by the Scott administration and Enterprise Florida, the state’s private-public economic development arm that Scott chairs. The Senate included the $250 million in its proposed spending plan, but the House did not. Senate budget chief Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said that he agreed to lose the funding to help reach a middle ground with the House. “We both came off the floor in very different places, as we worked through those against the clock because it's clear if we were going to get out on time and get back home, something was going to have to give,” Lee said. Read more in POLITICO 
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