Below are Thursday’s picks for the Florida Five top political stories:
Scott to announce big cut in Crist’s auto-tag fees: Gov. Rick Scott will make an election-year pledge Thursday to cut $401 million in auto-tag fees that could save a typical driver about $25 yearly and put some political heat on his 2014 challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist…Read more.
Rubio says budget deal ‘irresponsible’: Marco Rubio is coming out hard against the budget deal brokered for Republicans by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan that does away with recent spending cuts. “We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream,” Rubio said…Read more.
Lib group ranks some of the worst election sites as some of the best: The liberal activist group Center for American Progress praised Broward and St. Lucie county election officials in a new report on Florida’s 2012 Election Day performance despite long lines, lost ballots, and late reporting of results. The new report, “Florida’s Worst Election Offenders,” assigns ratings to election procedures in 40 of Florida’s 67 counties. The Center for American Progress assigned St. Lucie County election officials an above average rating and Broward County election officials a top-six rating despite gross incompetence and a failure to accurately report election results in a timely manner…Read more.
Despite big market in Fla., Obamacare a hard sell: Getting people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act remains an uphill battle in much of Florida. Even so, advocates have been trying to get the word out to an estimated 1.6 million Floridians who qualify for new subsidies to make coverage more affordable…yet it seems many who could benefit the most aren’t interested in listening…Read more.
Fla. ranks third place nationally in 2014 jobs outlook survey: A news release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office is pushing word that an international employment and management consulting firm considers Florida among the top in the U.S. for its jobs outlook come the new year…Read more.
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