Articles in Category: 'Lake Ray'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 16, 2010 4:05 AM

On Wednesday, the Florida Chamber Foundation unveiled its study of ports, trade and logistics in the Sunshine State -- and argued that an increased focus on these industries could lead to an additional 143,000 jobs in the state.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: November 10, 2010 4:05 AM
While some Republican governors have hinted that they would reject federal funds for transportation projects, Rick Scott has not stated that he would turn down more than $2 billion to help with high-speed rail projects.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: October 29, 2010 4:05 AM
With news emerging Thursday that he would appear on the cover of Time magazine, former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Republican and leading candidate in the race for the U.S. Senate, continued reaching out to voters in North Florida. He attended events in the Panhandle on Wednesday and headed to Orange Park, Lake City and Ocala on Thursday. Rubio will focus on Central Florida during the weekend …
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 20, 2010 12:14 AM

A Senate panel voted Monday to offer as much as $100 million in tax credits for investing in Florida ports.

The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed a bill that aims to improve the state’s 14 public ports in preparation for the widening of the Panama Canal and an expansion of trade.

“This is a great step toward our future,” said Jacksonville Republican Rep. Lake Ray, sponsor of the House version of the bill.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 3, 2010 4:05 AM

The campaign trail took former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the leading Republican candidate in the battle for the U.S. Senate seat, to Daytona on Saturday. Rubio campaigned at the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race before heading to St.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 21, 2010 11:30 AM

While a number of elections across the state appear to be interesting contests that will go to the wire, more than 30 members of the Legislature can uncork the champagne and claim victory more than four months before citizens actually vote.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 21, 2010 7:30 PM
Spurred by leaders of both houses of the Legislature, the House passed measures Wednesday calling for the federal government to balance its budget.

Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, and Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, opened the session by calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To that end, Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, sponsored a measure calling for a constitutional convention to amend the U.S Constitution. The measure passed 70 to 42.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 7, 2010 12:23 AM

Having passed the first version of its budget last week, the Florida House met on Tuesday to tackle economic issues, including creating a sales tax holiday just in time for back-to-school shopping and forming an organization to invest in Florida’s ports.

The House created a three-day sales tax holiday running from Aug. 13 until Aug. 15. During that period, books, clothes, shoes and book bags under $50 and school supplies under $10 would be exempt from sales tax.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 25, 2010 5:21 PM

With ports in other states gearing up for the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014, Florida ports are trying to keep pace with a little help from the Legislature.

The Florida Ports Investment Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, offers $100 million in tax incentives to make Florida ports competitive in an increasingly competitive national and international marketplace. It passed the House Finance and Tax Council Thursday without any opposition.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 13, 2010 6:34 PM

Questions on port issues, employment and taxes dominated Gov. Charlie Crist’s town hall meeting Friday at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus.

Though the governor came to Jacksonville to talk about legislation, he also faced questions about his U.S. Senate campaign.

“I’m not concerned with the polls,” Crist said, when asked about recent polls released by Public Policy Polling and Insider Advantage/Florida Times Union showing him losing to former House Speaker Marco Rubio by more than 30 percentage points.

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