Florida Five: Lawmaker swears off fundraising, Budget coffers have less than expected

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Campaign fundraising; Florida lawmaker David Jolly promises not to ask for money – Florida Rep. David Jolly promises not to ask for money. The Republican in one of the year’s most competitive — and expensive — Senate races says that as of this month he personally has sworn off fundraising. He’s leaving that duty to his professional campaign fundraisers, vowing not to spend a single second of his own time wooing donors. Read more

Florida legislators have less money to spend this year – Amid an ongoing tug-of-war over tax cuts and spending, Florida legislators learned Tuesday that they are going to have less money to spend in the coming year than they were planning on. The changes – as measured in a nearly $80 billion budget – are not significant. But the drop represents another hurdle for Gov. Rick Scott and his ongoing push to get the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to cut taxes by $1 billion. Read more

Gov. Scott’s Commission on Health Care issues observations— Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Commission on Health Care and Hospital Funding released its long-awaited draft observations Tuesday, citing a lack of transparency and cost controls as major issues needing action. Commission chairman Carlos Beruff said, however, that the nine-member commission has more questions than answers after months of studying the health care industry. Read more

No. 1 priority for Independent Business group is commercial rent tax cut – A 1 percent cut in the commercial rents sales tax tops the list of legislative priorities for the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business lobbying group announced Tuesday. “In 2016, we’re focusing on giving back to our state’s economic drivers and helping clear the way for job creators to own, operate and grow their businesses,” said NFIB Florida Executive Director Bill Herrle. Read more

Florida House, Senate differ on Uber rules – Trenches are once again being dug for an Uber war in Tallahassee. The Florida Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committee passed a bill requiring drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to have the same level of insurance as taxi drivers, and to have it all the time. Read more

Unintended consequences: Altamonte lifts ban on 27 pot-related terms for business names 

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