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Low Consumer Confidence Hurts Holiday Sales Forecast

A Leaner BP is Increasing Exploration in the Gulf

October 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

BP is a smaller company than it was before the Deepwater Horizon disaster off Floridas Gulf coast last year.

But with third-quarter net profits of $4.9 billion -- up $1.8 billion from the same period a year earlier -- and plans to shed up to $45 billion in assets in the next two years, BPs chief executive officer is telling investors the company is back at work.

NCCI Workers' Comp Hike 'Bad News' for Small Businesses in Florida

October 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

The National Federation of Independent Business says a pending 8.9 percent rate hike in workers' compensation costs is bad news for small businesses.

The federation noted that small businesses had to cover a 7.8 percent increase last year and leadership expressed a desire for legislators to again try capping the price doctors can charge when dispensing drugs directly from their medical offices.

Scott Wants Universities to Outline How Students will Help Florida Economy

October 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott wants the presidents and trustees of Floridas 11 public universities to outline what the schools are doing to ensure graduates meet the need of employers.

And the education leaders have until Nov. 15 to reply.

Ava Parker, chairwoman of the Board of Governors, wrote Scott that the board would coordinate a response.

Scott intends to use the answers for his higher education plan that he has already said he wants focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the STEM core desired for a high-tech future.

Florida Unemployment Hits Lowest Point in Two Years, Scott Announces

Chamber Backs Online Tax Collection, Education Reforms in 2012 Agenda

October 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

The Florida Chamber of Commerce remains opposed to new and increased taxes, but also believes that taxes currently on the books -- even in the paperless world -- should be collected.

Chamber President Mark Wilson said it isnt fair that businesses in Florida must collect the state sales tax while online companies, such as Amazon, can advertise the same item to Floridians without having to charge the same sales tax.

He said the loophole puts small businesses at a disadvantage.

With Florida Officials Facing $2 Billion Deficit, 'Everything Is on the Table'

Justice Appropriations Chair Wants Tighter Rules for Inmate Rehab Efforts

Senators Push Priority in College Admissions for Returning Veterans

Casino Gambling Worry Spurs Caution on Use of Abandoned Military Bases




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