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Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

Scott includes funds for healthcare for poor and uninsured in his budget

The "Low Income Pool" program, known as the LIP program, is the safety healthcare safety net for the poor, providing $1 billion a year to hospitals and other providers that care for large numbers of low-income and uninsured patients. As I've reported last year, LIP is scheduled to expire June 30, [...]

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget yesterday morning at the AP Legislative Planning Session. His "Keep Florida Working Budget" for 2015-16 uses nearly all of the reported $1 billion surplus on taxes and fees cuts --$673 million--and an increase in education spending and cuts [...]

Scott’s press office responds with written answers to the firing/resignation of FDLE commissioner

Scott’s press office responds with written answers to the firing/resignation of FDLE commissioner

Governor Scott’s Press Office: FAQ on FDLE – January 22, 2015 Q: Is it true that Gerald Bailey (FDLE Commissioner) was forced to resign? Prior to December 16, 2015, the Governor’s staff notified cabinet staff (including the offices of the Attorney General, the Chief Financial Officer, and [...]

Scott wants to cut taxes on cell phones and cable

Scott wants to cut taxes on cell phones and cable

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott is asking lawmakers to cut taxes on cell-phone bills and cable and satellite television to meet the first half of his re-election campaign's $1 billion tax-cut pledge. The proposal, announced Tuesday by Scott, would reduce state tax [...]

Scott wants more agency changes

Scott wants more agency changes

By JIM TURNER AND MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater wants the state Cabinet to reconsider how it handled the controversial change in leadership at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. But Gov. Rick Scott isn't backing the request. Instead, [...]

Context Florida: Baileygate takes an ominous turn

Context Florida: Baileygate takes an ominous turn

By Dan Gelber Baileygate took a foul turn Sunday from bad political optics to something much more ominous. And the Florida Cabinet and Legislature need to respond accordingly. Longtime cop and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey was fired by Gov. Rick Scott staffers last month. Initially it [...]

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a surprising setback for Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican Party of Florida's executive committee voted Saturday to unseat Chairwoman Leslie Dougher, instead elevating state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia to the top position. On the second ballot in [...]

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask lawmakers to provide the highest per-student funding for education in state history during the legislative session that begins in March. Scott said his "Keep [...]

Court says Gov. Scott should reverse the suspension of Miami Lakes mayor

Court says Gov. Scott should reverse the suspension of Miami Lakes mayor

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said Gov. Rick Scott should revoke the suspension of a Miami Lakes mayor who was acquitted of federal corruption charges. Michael Pizzi was suspended by Scott last year while facing criminal charges but went to the Supreme Court seeking to get the suspension [...]

Scott declares Jobs victory

Scott declares Jobs victory

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott declared Friday that Florida has reached his 2010 campaign goal of creating 700,000 jobs within seven years, as the state's unemployment rate was posted at its lowest rate since May 2008. Four years ago, Scott's jobs pledge was [...]

FDOT secretary steps down

FDOT secretary steps down

PRASAD TO STEP DOWN AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad has become the third of Gov. Rick Scott's agency heads to step down since the general election. Prasad, a professional engineer tapped by [...]

The Ultimate Post Mortem on Scott vs. Crist

The Ultimate Post Mortem on Scott vs. Crist

Peter Schorsch, founder of SaintPetersBlog.com, has published his list of 16 reasons why Charlie Crist lost to Rick Scott. Here are six that caught my attention: 1. Crist's 'lost November' - The decision by Crist to announce his campaign on November 4, 2013 (a personal one made by Crist who [...]

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