Florida lawmakers are angry that an agency in charge of tourism hired a call center in Missouri to promote Florida as a vacation destination.
Tallahassee was able to accomplish the move from silver designation to gold in under a year.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp said he would reimburse the state $12,974 for flights his wife and son took aboard state planes after a newspaper investigated their travel. Florida law previously barred public officials from using state airplanes for commuting, but lawmakers quietly inserted language into a massive budget bill in July to permit the practice.
With the state staring at a third straight year of dwindling revenues, lawmakers will consider a temporary one cent sales tax increase. Lawmakers are also looking at a higher cigarette tax.
Car sales in Florida are down 50 percent since this summer; bad news for the 76,000 Floridians who work in dealerships. It’s also bad news for the state.
Seminole gambling continues in legal limbo after Florida’s highest court said lawmakers have to approve. With that backdrop, the Seminole Tribe came to the Capitol making promises: 288 million in cash now, and up to 45 thousand jobs.
Ray Sansom spent 2 months in virtual silence over allegations he steered state money to a hometown college, took a six-figure job from the school, and helped arrange a meeting out of the sunshine.
Under mounting pressure from constituents, fellow lawmakers, and investigators, embattled House Speaker Ray Sansom is temporarily stepping down as leader of the Florida House.
According to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday Crist favorability rating is 67 percent while President Barack Obama’s rating is 66 percent.