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Florida Spreads $2.6 Million in Defense Grants

Defense grants totaling $2.6 million have been awarded to 10 projects across the state, the governors office announced Monday.

With numerous bases across Florida, nearly 100,000 men and women who serve in active and reserve duty are living in the Sunshine State, Gov. Rick Scott stated in a release.

These $2.6 million in grants will enhance relationships between Florida communities and the military, to ensure were doing the best job possible in working with our nations armed services.

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Rick Scott Seeks to Work with Board of Education on Teacher Raises


Gov. Rick Scott is taking his push for an across-the-board $2,500 pay raise for teachers to the State Board of Education as they meet Monday in Orlando.

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Jeff Atwater: Citizens Belt-Tightening ‘the Appropriate Action’


Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is backing the announcement that Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will follow state procurement guidelines.

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Citizens to Tighten its Purchasing Belt


Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is revising its purchasing policy in a belt-tightening move that includes legal reviews on contracts topping $65,000 and managers to watch over deals worth more than $35,000.

The changes announced Friday state that the state-backed insurer will conform with state agency regulations unless the procurement procedures are already more stringent than the state.

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Seventy Citations Issued in Sweep for Workers’ Comp Insurance

Nearly one in 10 companies contacted this week by Florida investigators failed to carry the required workers compensation insurance, the states chief financial officer announced Friday.

Investigators with the Department of Financial Services Division of Workers Compensation Bureau of Compliance and Division of Insurance Fraud made random visits to 375 construction sites, contacting 770 employers during a two-day sweep.

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Gaetz to Preview Legislative Session at Gulf Coast Builders’ Dinner

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, will give a preview of the 2013 legislative session during the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange 2013 Annual Dinner tonight at Michaels on East in Sarasota.

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Scott Heading to Fort Myers to Highlight Transportation Budget


Gov. Rick Scott will be in Fort Myers on Friday to highlight the transportation portion of his $74.2 billion fiscal plan he has already presented to state legislators.

A release from the governors office states that Scott will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. at the Swift Sunguide Center, which is the regional transportation management hub for I-75 in Southwest Florida.

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Don Gaetz Names Michelle Anchors to Commission on Ethics


Michelle Anchors, who was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush to the Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast, has been named to the Florida Commission on Ethics by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.

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Florida Records Nearly 28,000 New Jobs Posted Online in January

Florida had 27,979 new jobs posted online in January, boosting the total of online help wanted notices in the state to 255,749, the governors office announced Thursday.

With more than 255,000 job openings available in our state, its clear the decisions were making are helping employers feel more confident about the future of their businesses, Gov. Rick Scott stated in a release.

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Rick Scott Names Glenn Shelby to 10th Judicial Circuit

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Glenn T. Shelby to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Laurent.

Shelby, 57, of Lakeland, is a board-certified practitioner specializing in real estate transactions and estate planning.

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