Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Friday, Mar. 7
Mar 7, 2008
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The board that oversees the state’s investments needs professional help, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said Thursday.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink asked lawmakers Thursday to take stronger steps to help local governments that are on the hook for money the state invested last year in shaky, mortgage-backed securities.
The state-run insurer is looking to convert $4.75 billion in variable-rate notes to fixed-rate debt to protect itself from rising interest costs in the credit crisis.
House and Senate leaders agreed Thursday to slice more than $500 million from the current state budget but remain polarized over an aggressive Senate plan to freeze Medicaid payment rates for nursing homes, hospitals and certain other health care providers that serve poor patients.
A second major property tax-cutting proposal advanced Thursday in a commission that proposes state constitutional amendments, but only one is likely to go on the November ballot.
Unless Port Richey City Council wises up and reverses a vote from last week, the small city will become known as the most insensitive and unforgiving municipality in Pasco County.
Foreclosures spike when the housing market fizzles.
A plan to cut the tax rate on slot machines to encourage more gambling in South Florida turned tense at a legislative committee Thursday as gambling lobbyists turned on each other and a Republican senator accused a Democrat of drafting a proposal that was ”inappropriate” and “not believable.”
Tom James has a message that won’t win him fans among Florida homeowners: Insurance rates need to go up – and soon.
Senate President Ken Pruitt wants there to be an elected state education commissioner, but if voters bring that Cabinet position back, would he be a candidate?
The usual legislative back and forth pivots on fairly small-bore issues of budgeting and regulation.
The wrong Kodak moment will soon cost red-light runners in Hillsborough County a $125 fine.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is scheduled to speak at a $300-a-ticket gala this evening at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Can the international crowd help South Florida get through the real-estate debacle? Many foreigners are shopping, but the hurdles to deals are high.
From atop any gleaming, half-sold condo project, South Florida’s housing market looks bleak.
It’s an unspoken rule of national politics: Never admit jockeying for the coveted role of vice presidential running mate.
Florida may yet put its stamp on this year’s Democratic convention.
Forget the notion of Florida Democrats packing schools and fire halls for an Iowa-style caucus, or lining up at their local precincts to choose between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.
Florida lawmakers are cutting more than just dollars as they whittle more than $500-million from state government this year, they’re also proposing basic changes to Medicaid that critics say will undermine care for poor patients.
State Farm has provided residents with insurance coverage in the event they become victims of theft or other criminal act. Now, the Punta Gorda Police Department and State Farm have joined forces to prevent crime before it happens.
Experts at a conference here outlined potential flashpoints yesterday between institutions defending class actions and their directors and officers liability insurers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should have reacted sooner to concerns about hazardous fumes in government-issued trailers housing thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims, a CDC official told a congressional panel.
The Senate campaign of comedian-turned-candidate Al Franken is dealing with a bump served up by an unpaid fine.
They say nothing makes a man prouder than watching his children follow in his footsteps.
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