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Florida Five: Gov.Scott to cut business fees, Crist’s ugly side revealed in MITT movie

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Good morning! Monday’s edition of the Florida Five should get you caught up on political news around the sunshine state.

open signGov. Scott to cut Florida business fees to the tune of $33 million: The tax cut would affect more than 1.6 million business owners who file annually with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations. The business community commended the governor for the initiative.“I am thankful that Governor Scott works hard every day to make Florida a business-friendly state,” president and CEO of the Associated Industries of Florida Tom Feeney said. “We look forward to working with Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature to make our state the best place in the nation to do business.” Read more. 

Gaetz: Amendment would shift too much land to state control: Florida voters will get to decide in November if funding for land conservation should be cemented into the state Constitution. But don’t expect top lawmakers to support the proposed constitutional amendment, which will appear as Amendment No. 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot after getting final approval this week from the Florida Department of State.Asked if he would support the amendment, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said in an email Friday that “Legislating via constitutional amendments doesn’t work in California and it won’t work here!” Read more.

Unexpected inside story about backstabber Charlie Crist in MITT movie: The Netflix documentary “Mitt” premiered Friday and it’s a safe bet the film will not be well received by former Florida Gov. Charliecharlie-crist2 Crist. A one-time Republican who ran as an Independent in a losing bid against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2010, Crist is now a Democrat running once again for governor of Florida. And because of this history, he is fighting an image of being a man with few principles. Read more.

State says marijuana amendment clears signature hurdle; next step is court approval: The Florida Divisions of Elections on Friday confirmed that the proposed constitutional amendment to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes has enough valid signatures to make it to the ballot. The only remaining hurdle: Approval of the ballot language by the Florida Supreme Court. Read more.

militaryballots1209newRick Scott announces $2.45 million in grants to support 14 Florida military communities: Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that $2.45 million in defense grants will be awarded to 14 communities hosting military installations. For 15 years these grants have helped Florida maintain its reputation as the most military-friendly state in the nation, according to the governor’s office. Read more.

BONUS: Rubio delivers foreign policy speech in South Korea

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