Florida Legislature urges Obama administration action on Keystone XL

The Keystone XL pipeline has a long list of supporters, with Florida’s state government joining the fray. But will it matter? A pair of state lawmakers spoke Tuesday […]

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Teen pregnancies cost Florida taxpayers $443 million, study says

Anyone who’s seen even a glimpse of the MTV reality show 16 and Pregnant knows that teen pregnancy is often traumatic and fraught with pain and uncertainty. Typical episode […]

Labor nonprofit fails to disclose years of lobbying activity, still avoids IRS scrutiny

In an era of heightened scrutiny against tax-exempt nonprofits, one left-leaning labor group may be ripe for investigation. Critics of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United Inc. have […]

Florida’s attempt to provide tuition break for illegal immigrants at crossroads

It’s crunch time for state lawmakers, and with the annual 60-day legislative session winding down to within two weeks, a well-publicized immigration bill is noticeably absent Tuesday […]

State launches investigation into possible misuse of $800,000 in taxpayer funds

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is under investigation. The Florida Department of Transportation launched a formal inquiry on Thursday into the Pinellas County-area transit authority’s use of […]

Taxpayers beware: Florida’s film subsidies lobby wants action

There’s no business like show business. That’s not just an old Ethel Merman show tune. State Sen. Nancy Detert, chair of the Commerce and Tourism Committee, this […]

Medicaid experts question wisdom of expansion

As the Florida Legislature advances past its 60-day midpoint, calls for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are growing louder. The cries, however, seem to be […]

Mailman, lunch lady busted in South Florida tax-ID theft roundup

It’s tax-time, which means it’s open season for Florida fraudsters. Thursday, the good guys got even. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced […]

Fla. transit authority on hot seat for using taxes to campaign for tax increase

A Pinellas County public transit board is on the hot seat over its use of taxpayer money to promote a $1.7 billion light rail plan that requires […]

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Florida cops keep spy technology docs secret

Disburse, there’s nothing to see here! That seems to be the message from Florida law enforcement agencies when it comes to the controversial practice of using national […]

Fast food protest group denies its own workers the right to protest

Workers and organized labor groups took to protesting fast food companies last week in a multi-state effort to build public support for a $15 an hour minimum […]

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New bill would open up competition on limo services

Local governments, consider yourselves warned. Your license to regulate transportation innovation soon could be revoked. Technology companies offering alternatives to traditional limousine and livery car services are getting help […]