Movers and Shakers

Alexandre Lopes, a Pre-Kindergarten instructor in Miami-Dade County, has been named Florida’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Lopes will be traveling throughout the state discussing education and his methods of teaching. Attorney General Pam Bondi appointed Allen Winsor to serve as solicitor general.  In his new position he will be the state’s lead attorney Read more about Movers and Shakers[…]

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday 2013

Florida’s Back-To-School sales tax holiday runs from August 2nd-4th.  This year marks the first in Florida history where personal computers and accessories are considered school supplies, and Florida retailers are ramping up for consumers to take full advantage of the savings and markdowns. Devices covered under the holiday include e-readers, laptops, desktops, tablets, and associated Read more about Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday 2013[…]

Budget Items Vetoed by the Governor

Governor Rick Scott vetoed $368 million in spending when he signed the appropriations bill on May 20th. His “Families First” budget focused on job creation and continued economic growth. Outlined below some of his vetoed projects, organized by budget area. Criminal Justice $1,000,000 for the Pasco County Drug Initiative Program $450,000 to the Palm Beach Read more about Budget Items Vetoed by the Governor[…]

2013 Legislative Leadership Priorities

Campaign Finance Reform – The Legislature’s campaign reform proposals, SB 1382 by the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee and HB 569 by Representative Robert Schenck (R-Spring Hill) would: Raise campaign contribution limits. Eliminate certain political committees. Require candidates to file campaign finance reports more frequently. Senate Committee Chairman Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Representative Schenck are working Read more about 2013 Legislative Leadership Priorities[…]

2013 Legislative Issues

Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Destin) and House of Representatives Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) will be pursuing a single legislative agenda called “Work Plan Florida.” The five point plan includes campaign finance reform, elections reform, ethics reform, education reform and pension reform. Campaign Finance Reform – To increase accountability and transparency in Florida’s election system, the Read more about 2013 Legislative Issues[…]