Florida Five: Gov. Scott prepares to fight over budget cuts, GOP wants Radel’s resignation

Have a look at Tuesday’s edition of the Florida Five picks for the top political stories of the day.

 Gov. will face fight over budget cuts: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to clash with state agencies over his plans to cut taxes and trim the budget by $100 million next year in an attempt to win over voters in an election year. The Republican governor is also hoping to increase spending on Florida schools as he cuts waste and makes a series of judicial spending cuts, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Read more.

John R. Smith
BIZPAC Chairman John R. Smith

No more lip service from politicians: Over the years, as chairman of BIZPAC, Palm Beach County’s political action committee for the business community, I have met with hundreds of elected officials and wannabe politicians. Read more.

Gas price spike before the holiday: Gas prices have jumped as one of the busiest travel times approaches. Florida now has some of the highest prices in the nation. That means we are up there with states that usually always have high prices like New York, New Jersey, California, Vermont and Connecticut.The price of regular unleaded gas was $3.24 the first week of November in Florida. This week, the average price is $3.41. Read more.

Appeals court denies rehearing on PIP: The First District Court of Appeals dismissed the motion for a rehearing of its October 2013 ruling in which the Court reversed the injunction placed upon PIP reforms passed during the 2012 Florida Legislative Session in House Bill 119. Read more.

State, local GOP officials want Radel to resign: The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and GOP officials in Collier and Lee counties called Monday for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to resign his 19th Congressional District seat over his cocaine conviction last week in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. Read more.

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