Florida Tax Collections Beat October Expectations

Florida Tax Collections Beat October Expectations

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Despite the effects of deadly Hurricane Ian, Florida’s general-revenue tax collections in October came in 4.6 percent higher than projected by state economists. A report issued Tuesday by the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state had $3.23 billion in net general […]

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gas prices in Florida continue to slacken amid global jitters over the demand for oil and an increase in output from U.S. oil refineries. According to data posted by the auto club AAA on Monday, the average gallon of gas in Florida was selling for […]

State Pulls Money from BlackRock Over ‘ESG’

State Pulls Money from BlackRock Over ‘ESG’

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida will pull $2 billion from the largest asset-management firm in the world over ideological differences. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced Thursday that Florida will immediately freeze about $1.43 billion in long-term securities and about $600 million in short-term overnight investments managed by […]

Target Subsidiary Wins State Tax Fight

Target Subsidiary Wins State Tax Fight

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge has sided with a subsidiary of the Target retail chain in a battle with the Florida Department of Revenue about millions of dollars in corporate income taxes. Judge J. Lee Marsh issued an 11-page decision Monday rejecting the department’s arguments […]

Prosecutor Testifies in Bid to Get Job Back

Prosecutor Testifies in Bid to Get Job Back

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Andrew Warren, a twice-elected Hillsborough County state attorney suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August, took the stand Tuesday as he testified in a federal lawsuit aimed at getting his job back. Warren’s testimony came on the first day of a trial before U.S. District […]

Court Refuses to Block School Board Speech Policy

Court Refuses to Block School Board Speech Policy

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a chapter of the conservative group Moms for Liberty to block restrictions that the Brevard County School Board placed on public participation at board meetings. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last […]

Senate President Passidomo Points to Housing, Wildlife Corridor as Priorities

Senate President Passidomo Points to Housing, Wildlife Corridor as Priorities

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Armed with a large majority, Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo outlined what she described as a voter-supported “conservative agenda” as she became Florida Senate president Tuesday. Passidomo, who was formally elected president during an organization session of the Legislature, stressed a need to expand parental rights […]

Book Begins Term Leading Outnumbered Democrats

Book Begins Term Leading Outnumbered Democrats

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida Badly outnumbered Democrats in the Florida Senate put a focus Monday on gun-related issues as Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book was formally designated to continue heading the caucus going into the 2023 legislative session. Book became leader in 2021 after Senate Democrats cast a vote of no […]

DeSantis Sidesteps Talk of White House Bid

DeSantis Sidesteps Talk of White House Bid

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday continued to sidestep questions about his political future, after former President Donald Trump announced another bid for the White House. Appearing in the Lee County community of Matlacha, DeSantis brushed off a question about the possibility of a Republican civil […]