Florida’s congressional delegation, like the overwhelming majority in the U.S. House, broke on party lines when the new Republican majority voted Wednesday to repeal the federal health care bill enacted in 2010 with the support of President Barack Obama. Those divisions filtered down at the state level as Republicans in Florida praised the repeal measure, while Sunshine State Democrats continued to back Obama and the health care laws.
The well has been dead for nearly a month, the leak capped for three months, but in a progress report Monday at the state Chamber of Commerce's Future of Florida Forum in Orlando, a BP executive said that recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are likely to continue long after the last damage claims are paid out.
With Florida's unemployment rate currently standing at 11.5 percent, environmental and renewable energy advocates and business leaders are pushing a transition to a green economy as a way to mitigate job losses.
To developers, Senate Bill 360 was a breath of fresh air in a stifling economic climate. For cash-strapped cities and counties throughout Florida, it was an unfunded mandate that would have forced taxpayers to pick up a tab developers have traditionally paid.
U.S. Sen. George LeMieux brought his "2007 budget express" to Orlando and Tampa Wednesday, standing up with fellow deficit hawks Robert Bixby and David Walker to get the word out about America's massive debt and deficits.