Agency Says Tourism Up in Third Quarter

Agency Says Tourism Up in Third Quarter

By The News Service of Florida Florida tourism grew a little more than 1 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period a year ago, with overseas tourist numbers continuing to lag, according to estimates released Wednesday by Visit Florida. The state’s tourism-marketing arm reported 31.6 million people visited the Sunshine State between […]

DeSantis Praised, Criticized Over Environmental Spending

DeSantis Praised, Criticized Over Environmental Spending

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis drew praise as “a true environmental leader” but was also criticized for not putting more money toward the Florida Forever program and failing to adequately prepare the state for climate change as he released a proposed $91.4 billion budget on Monday. DeSantis […]

DeSantis Proposes $91.4 Billion Budget

DeSantis Proposes $91.4 Billion Budget

By Jim Saunders, The News Service Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday proposed a $91.4 billion state budget for next year, touting plans to funnel more money to public-school teachers and continue “momentum” on environmental issues. The proposal is an initial step as lawmakers prepare for the January start of the annual legislative […]

DeSantis Pitches New Teacher Bonus Program

DeSantis Pitches New Teacher Bonus Program

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Florida Legislature to abandon the embattled “Best and Brightest” bonus program and replace it with a new plan to offer bonuses to public-school teachers and principals. The governor said Thursday his proposed bonus program aims to provide incentives to teachers […]