Articles in Category: 'Dominic Calabro'

By: Kevin Derby and Gray Rohrer | Posted: February 8, 2011 3:55 AM

After unveiling his proposed $65.8 billion budget in Eustis, Gov. Rick Scott headed back to Tallahassee to talk to the media while reaction poured in from leaders all across the state.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: December 24, 2010 4:05 AM

Gov.-elect Rick Scott drew some support Wednesday for what is shaping up as a plan to reduce spending in the state’s Juvenile Justice Department by keeping kids out of costly residential lockups.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 17, 2010 4:05 AM
At the end of the 1972 film “The Candidate,” Robert Redford, whose character has just been elected to the U.S. Senate, turns to an adviser played by Peter Boyle and demands, “What do we do now?”
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 9, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida TaxWatch released 125 recommendations to cut about $4 billion from the state budget Wednesday -- days after the state's expected budget shortfall of $3-to-$3.5 billion was announced for the next fiscal year.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: November 11, 2010 4:05 PM
Floridians are willing to pay slightly more for utilities if more of that power comes from renewable sources, a TaxWatch-sponsored poll says.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: September 4, 2010 12:05 PM

With Florida's 11.6 percent unemployment rate among the highest in the nation, gubernatorial candidates Alex Sink and Rick Scott are under pressure to deliver what the Obama administration hasn't: private-sector jobs.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 13, 2010 4:05 AM

If you're planning on dying anytime soon, tax advisers say it would be best to do it before Jan. 1.

The so-called "death tax" returns with a vengeance next year, bringing a 55 percent top tax rate on estates valued at more than $1 million. That compares to the current rate of 0 percent on estates up to $3.5 million.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 30, 2010 4:05 AM

Amnesty may carry a negative connotation when it comes to immigration, but it turns positive when applied to taxes. At least some people think so.

Beginning Thursday, the state of Florida will waive penalties on back taxes owed by businesses and individuals. During a three-month window closing Sept. 30, all applicable interest fees also will be cut in half.

A similar tax-amnesty program recouped $260 million in previously lost revenue in 2003. This year's version, coming in tighter economic times, is projected to generate up to $100 million.

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Posted: May 24, 2010 5:31 PM

Projects slipped into the budget late in the negotiation process or without adequate public review could gobble up nearly $60.7 million in the proposed $70.4 billion budget now on Gov. Charlie Crist’s desk.

And Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit government watchdog, wants the governor to veto these "budget turkeys." 

Lawmakers slipped 41 such turkeys into the budget this year, the pro-business nonprofit revealed Monday, and they are costing the state needed transportation funds and services for vulnerable Floridians.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 21, 2010 12:11 AM
Wearing reflective vests and hard hats, more than 400 transportation workers rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday, protesting any cuts to the State Transportation Trust Fund (STTF).
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 19, 2010 12:07 AM

The wizard behind Florida's investments drew back the curtain Friday to reveal some details of how his office operates.

Ashbel “Ash” Williams, executive director and chief investment officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), spoke to the Economic Club of Florida, focusing on how Florida public pensions measure up to other state retirement programs.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 14, 2010 12:15 AM

As whispers continued to grow that Gov. Charlie Crist plans to veto the teacher performance pay measure, business leaders met at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby the governor to be bold, to strike a blow for education excellence and to sign the legislation into law.

“We know that there has been vocal opposition, but we want the governor to know teachers, educators, and business leaders support him and this good bill,” said Marshall Criser, the chair of the Florida Council of 100’s Pre-K-14 Education Committee.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 2, 2010 12:18 AM
While Florida’s unemployment rate has skyrocketed over the last three years, government workers have largely been spared the same pains faced by private-sector employees.
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