A federal judge excoriated the government Thursday for moving forward with the federal health care law despite his ruling against it, but he put a stay on his own order to give the government a week to appeal.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in essence ordered the government to get that appeal moving quickly saying the matter was of such consequence it should be fast-tracked. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice said the government will appeal to the 11th Circuit, but didnt say when.
Officials in Gov. Rick Scotts administration said Thursday nothing has changed his mind about the prospects for high-speed rail, and backers of the train conceded that it appeared Florida will lose the $2.4 million Washington had offered, and any chance to build it.
In a subdued and mostly empty committee room, a Senate committee gave the first-up vote Thursday to a new bill setting out how teachers would be paid.
Any future court building will have to be approved by the state courts administrator, and that office will assign someone to monitor the project, under an order issued Monday by Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady in response to the controversy over the new district appeals court building in Tallahassee.
An executive at the St. Joe Co., which has led an explosion of residential and commercial development that has transformed the Florida Panhandle, was named late Wednesday to head the state agency responsible for overseeing growth.
Housing prices in Miami and Tampa hit their lowest levels in October since home prices started their downward cascade in 2006, a major housing market gauge reported Tuesday, providing more bad economic news in a state where recovery is sputtering behind the rest of the nation.