Monday, 20 July 2020 22:29

Episode 173: Speaking Out

THE ROTUNDA – A protester at a recent news conference who shouted and called for the resignation of Governor Ron DeSantis over his handling of the pandemic says he would do it again. Gomes talks with Thomas Kennedy, a longtime Miami-Dade advocate for undocumented immigrants, about his vocal opposition.
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Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

Episode 106: In Debt

THE ROTUNDA - The wait continues as Gov. Rick Scott reviews the Legislature’s $82.4 billion state spending plan. Despite passing a balanced budget, why is Florida still $9.9 billion in debt? Truth and Accounting, a nonprofit that aims to educate taxpayers on government finances, releases the first analysis of Florida’s latest financial report showing each taxpayer would have to cough up $1,600 to help pay the bills. Gomes interviews Truth in Accounting founder, Sheila Weinberg. What’s next for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown? Plus, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam jumps in the race for governor in 2018.   
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00

Episode 84: In Formation

THE ROTUNDA - The Florida Legislature gets in 'formation' as new members are sworn in for their first post election session. As 66 new lawmakers learn their way around the capitol, Gomes spotlights those in leadership roles in both the House and Senate. The Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau reporter Gray Rohrer discusses the sweeping changes that lie ahead, particularly from House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran. Gomes also chats with the publisher of The Capitolist, Brian J. Burgess, who has been digging into the financial dealings of some of Florida’s environmental advocacy organizations.
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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, 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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Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00

Episode 29: We Are The Enemy

THE ROTUNDA - Episode 29 tackles the Republican presidential debate as Florida GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia discusses the strengths of both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Former Florida lieutenant governor Jeff Kottkamp weighs in on why Trump will not win the party’s nomination.
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