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House sales tax proposal hurts young, locals and active

House sales tax proposal hurts young, locals and active

The South Florida Sun Sentinel did a great story analyzing the House tax proposal that would raise state sales tax to 8.5 percent. Jonathan Hamilton, chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Florida. says it impacts young people more than other age groups. He says the reason [...]

Is the Crist honeymoon almost over?

Is the Crist honeymoon almost over?

Gov. Charlie Crist approaches his 100th day in office Thursday, the "people's governor" is surfing the wave of a approval rating of 73 percent, according to a recent poll. He has endeared himself to a wide cross section of Floridians with a combination of hopeful populism and center-left politics. [...]

New college fee not tuition?

New college fee not tuition?

Miami Herald reports: State universities could charge students a special tuition fee that would not be covered by Bright Futures scholarships under a bill that passed its first test Wednesday despite dire predictions that it could bankrupt the Florida Prepaid College program. The legislation, [...]

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 [...]

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