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Slowdown tax reform

Slowdown tax reform

The state legislature acts like the property tax and property insurance problems happened unexpectedly overnight. State economists were pointing out the coming train wreck early last year. However, it was an election year and none of the lawmakers wanted to hurt their chances for re-election. On [...]

House leaders tell school district to raise taxes…

House leaders tell school district to raise taxes…

While Gov. Crist and Republican lawmakers are beating their chests proclaiming property taxes should be cut, House Republican leaders are telling school districts to raise their tax rates. From the Miami Herald: In a year when legislators are demanding that local governments slash property [...]

Lawmakers have less cash…

Lawmakers have less cash…

Let's see how the Florida Legislature manages having $1 billion less to spend. From the Miami Herald: Florida's big-time budget boom, sparked by a flurry of rebuilding after devastating storms and soaring property values, has ended, leading to the first time in more than 30 years that the state [...]

Reality check needed

Reality check needed

The daily newspaper's article on the impact of property tax reforms on the Community Maritime Park- ominously titled "Park money at risk" - has resurrected the doom and gloom naysayers. The article declares "A cut in property taxes, as widely anticipated from the Legislature, would reduce the [...]

Counties fight back

Counties fight back

Florida county governments are fighting back on property taxes, according to this article in the Miami Herald: Yes, county budgets have ballooned since the real-estate boom, but the money has gone into police, security and the rising costs of insurance, fuel, land and healthcare. ''There's no [...]

And then there was one

And that one is Dave Murzin. As soon as W.D. Childers left the state legislature, its leaders set up the Panhandle districts to keep weaken Escambia County's representation. All the districts were craved up to include portions of Santa Rosa and, in some cases, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Of [...]

Bense kicked off FSU board

Bense kicked off FSU board

Gov. Charlie Crist has decided to not go thru with Jeb Bush's last minute appointment of former House Speaker Allan Bense to the Florida State University Board of Trustees. Bense's appointment was one of 283 made Bush right before his term end and later cancelled by Crist. Crist did  howeve [...]

Legislature has property insurance plan

Key legislators reached a final compromise Sunday night on how to solve Florida's property insurance woes.Full House and Senate will vote today on the plan. Private insurance companies: Private insurers, which cover more than half of South Florida's homes and condominiums, would pass along [...]

Telephone surveys being done

Telephone surveys being done

We're getting calls that pollsters have been calling area voters on the District 3 race. Here are some of the questions: As things stand now, how likely are you to vote in the special election for the state legislature and other offices -- are you almost certain to vote, will you probably vote, [...]

House District 3 who’s who

House District 3 who’s who

Not all of these have announced: Democrats: Liz Campbell: High name recognition. Ran a strong race against Holly. Front runner for Dems - unless Dee Dee Ritchie enters the race John Jerralds: Has strong standing in the black community, Pensacola City Councilman. Larry B. Johnson: Lost to [...]

Double digit sales tax may replace property taxes

Double digit sales tax may replace property taxes

So you are angry over your property tax bill? Would you rather pay more sales tax? Hmmm, how about 7.5 percent more - from the current state rate of 6% to 13.5%? That's one of the controversial options recommended by a governor-appointed task force last week. Not sure the impact on county [...]

Telephone polling: Bush brothers, Crist, WalMart

Telephone polling: Bush brothers, Crist, WalMart

Participated in my first statewide telephone. Questions asked involved rating: Gov. Jeb Bush's 8 years Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez The Florida Legislature President Bush What I expect of Gov-elect Charlie Crist Plus: What I considered the major state issue? [...]

Romney names Floridians to PAC

THREE NAMED TO PAC’S FLORIDA STEERING COMMITTEE Boston – Governor Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC today named three key individuals to its Florida Steering Committee.  Florida’s current Lt Gov Toni Jennings, former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense, and former Florida GOP Chairman Al [...]

Buzz: Holly Benson is up for Cabinet seat

Buzz: Holly Benson is up for Cabinet seat

There has been a rumor circulating that state Rep. Holly Benson will be appointed to Charlie Crist's cabinet, if Crist is elected governor.

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