Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

FL Legislature: What Passed, What Failed

TALLAHASSEE — When the Legislature convened in January, the Capitol was abuzz with sex scandals, and tax cuts, education reforms and “sanctuary cities” topped the agenda.
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TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sealed a grand bargain with legislative leaders that will beef up funding for public education, tourism marketing and economic development, areas that bedeviled lawmakers during the regular session. The deal could cool off – at least for now – a civil war among Florida’s Republicans. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for a three-day special session to add $215 million for PreK-12 schools, as well as more money for Visit Florida and a new incentive program for businesses — all top priorities for Scott. The special session is scheduled to start Wednesday and end Friday. Read More in the Orlando Sentinel 
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Monday, 01 May 2017 00:00

Episode 104: Losing Out

THE ROTUNDA - After being ignored by the legislature, will Gov. Rick Scott veto the budget? Are Democrats able to take over U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat when she retires? Mark Touby, president of Florida Workers’ Advocates explains why the Senate version of workers’ compensation reform is the best compromise for both workers and businesses. Would you trade eating salmon for lionfish? Florida’s State Chef, Justin Timineri offers up a recipe to help fight against the invasive species.
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Monday, 21 March 2016 00:00

Episode 52: Fresh Start & Cuba

THE ROTUNDA - President Barack Obama makes a  historic trip to Cuba. Gomes also checks in on Marco Rubio’s return to the halls of Congress after his disappointing second-place finish in Florida’s primary election. With Gov. Rick Scott’s signing of the state’s record $82 billion budget, Florida Policy Institute Executive Director Joe Pennisi tells Gomes the spending plan still lacks adequate investments in health care, public education, prisons and other state services. Gomes also chats with Florida NOW lobbyist Barbra DeVane about her strategy to get Gov. Scott to veto a bill (HB 1411) that could restrict access to reproductive health care. 
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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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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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