A bill filed by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, this month would place state guidelines for giving preference to vendors based in Florida on local governments throughout the state.
Water customers could petition the state’s Public Service Commission to shut down private, for-profit water and sewer utilities if a new bill sponsored by Pasco state Sen. Wilton Simpson wins approval in the Florida Legislature this session.
Among the most important issues facing the city’s Retirement Reform Task Force is how to restructure the poorly performing Police and Fire Pension Fund.
A bill that allows counties to hold special elections for a home rule charter vote passed the Senate 37-9 and is on its way to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.
Coming back strong after a post-recession starching, Florida is now growing so quickly that the Sunshine State could soon overtake New York as the nation's third most populous state.
Sunshine State News
Florida’s economic condition appears stable. After years of $1 billion-plus shortfalls, legislators are looking at a shortfall of only $149 million in recurring revenue for the coming year and more than $600 million in nonrecurring money still in...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would have capped state revenue has gone down to defeat.
Ft. Myers News-Press
One of the largest election day ballots in Florida’s history will undoubtedly result in voter brain overload and possibly meltdown on Nov. 6, especially when it comes to the 11 constitutional amendments.
This could be viewed two ways -- as an economic stimulus for developers, homebuilders and the entire real estate industry, or a revenue catastrophe for already cash-poor counties and municipalities that would force further cutbacks in government...
Ocala Star Banner
Home rule is one of the cornerstones of government in Florida. Basically, it constitutionally guarantees cities and counties the authority to run their local governments and the services they provide how they see fit. Except...
ISLAMORADA, FLA. — The print ad for the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council, with the picturesque Seven Mile Bridge leading into the blue ocean, touts the island-connecting Overseas Highway as "The Road to Recovery."
TALLAHASSEE — When you look at the jobs strategies Florida has historically leaned on, they're focused on one overriding mantra: Call it 'Grow, baby, grow.' Policymakers insist that if businesses are freed from costly environmental...
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The city of Belleair Bluffs is ready to fight another round in the battle with its pension board and former firefighters over pension payouts.
Governor Scott has some economy-boosting ideas. He shared them with mayors and community leaders from across Florida today.
Sunshine State News
Gov. Rick Scott told mayors and community business leaders Thursday that the perception of Florida as being pro-business has improved "dramatically" in the past 12 months.
A property-tax cut for small businesses sought by Florida Gov. Rick Scott was rewritten Friday morning by a House committee to appease cities and counties who feared the plan was a Trojan horse designed to get at bigger breaks for large firms.
A Senate panel decided to delay its decision on a pension measure on Thursday, allowing time for various labor organizations to work out their different concerns.
Seminole supports fire pension changes
SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole has joined an increasing effort by the Florida League of Cities to send a nonbinding message to the Florida Legislature concerning firefighter pension reforms.
SEMINOLE – City leaders are crafting a resolution in support of the Florida League of Cities’ efforts to lobby state legislators on the return of local control for firefighter pension plans.
Palm Beach Post
GREENACRES — The city council urged Florida legislators tonight to reform pension laws to correct "unfunded mandates" that have more than doubled the city's costs for police and firefighter pensions during the past three years.