The GOP presidential candidates squared off in Florida on Monday night, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacking former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia early in the debate. Romney repeatedly challenged Gingrich on his work with Freddie Mac, calling him an “influence peddler” at the government-sponsored mortgage giant that was later bailed out with billions of taxpayer dollars, after the meltdown of the housing market.
All eyes are now on Florida as the top Republican candidates battle for their party’s nomination to face off President Obama in the upcoming presidential contest in November. With early voting already underway in the Sunshine State, former speaker Newt Gingrich, fresh from his surprise win in South Carolina on Saturday, will be seeking to consolidate his front winner status, hoping to further halt Mitt Romney’s march toward the GOP nomination.
Florida’s budget could be boosted by close to $500 million in additional revenues if loopholes that allow big corporations to avoid paying taxes in the state are closed, a group of Democrats said Wednesday. Requiring corporations that reap millions in the state to put some of it back would allow the government to meet the need of its residents said Sen. Nan Rich (D- Sunrise). But Gov. Rick Scott said, he isn’t interested in closing tax loopholes.
Gov. Rick Scott has been asked to appear before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee which will hold a field hearing January 27 on Florida’s new voting law. The hearing will take place at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), announced.
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday, ordering a comprehensive review of special taxing districts, with the aim of “introducing accountability” and cutting costs. Scott said that a major factor in lowering the cost of living for Floridians are the more than 1,600 special districts that bring in over $15 billion in taxpayer funded revenues each year. Floridians have a right to know what they’re being taxed for and how their taxpayer dollars are spent, he said.