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Good News!? Florida Medicaid Deficit to Rise Only $65.8 Million

October 16, 2011 - 6:00pm

Florida may have to find $65.8 million more for Medicaid costs this year than initially forecast, yet that may be good news for a state working to rein in its ever-expanding health care expenses.

Amy Baker, Floridas chief economist, said the revised projection, while up $11.4 million from July, is better than the $300 million shortfall mentioned earlier this month by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who has led the state's effort to reform Medicaid.

We had to add a little bit, but thats good news for the Legislature, Baker said Monday.

Occupy Movement Arrives on Steps of Old Capitol

October 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Inspired by the month-long protests on Wall Street, more than 200 people came together Friday -- via word of mouth on college campuses in Tallahassee and through social media -- to denounce their view of greed on the steps of the Old Capitol.

Organizerssaid they intended to return Saturday morning as a sign of solidarity with their New York comrades, but added that their goal will be to focus on education and corporate bills that will be going through the Florida Legislature in the coming session.

Deepwater Horizon Spill Cost to Florida at $12 Million -- and Rising

Scott to Head 200-Strong Business Delegation Flying to Brazil to Grow Trade

October 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott and nearly 200 other Floridians will be packing next week for a mission to Brazil aimed at boosting the states $13.7 billion a year economic infusion from its biggest South American partner.

Aviation, port, real estate, economic development and tourism interests from throughout Florida are participating, with the Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Fort Myers and Tallahassee regions dominating the list of travelers for the visit to Sao Paulo.

Teamsters, PBA Battle Heats Up as Corrections Vote Showdown Looms

October 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

The Teamsters Union and Floridas Police Benevolent Association are touting their legal muscle, and demonstrating their ability to take the occasional cheap shot, to fight for the affection of Floridas nearly 20,000 correctional and probation officers.

With the PBA still high off last months court victory againstFloridas effort to privatize 29 South Florida correctional facilities, the Teamsters on Thursday announced they want federal officials to investigate claims that the state continues to violate the wage and hour regulation of certain PBA-backed prison workers.

LeMieux Denies Knowledge of Greer's Victory Strategies Formation

Small-Business Group Praises Scott, Criticizes White House Policies

October 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

A newly formed small-business advocacy group praised Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday for his continued efforts to reduce regulations, but added that federal regulations continue to hinder economic growth.

Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, a new coalition in Florida created by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, decried what they say are ramped-up efforts to impose regulations under President Obamas administration at the expense of small businesses and their customers.

LeMieux Pushing 'Four Freedoms'; Hasner Says Plan Lacks Imagination

October 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

Republican U.S. Senate contender George LeMieux stumped on his new campaign platform Wednesday during a visit to the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee -- and his main primary opponents camp was quick to label the plan as not being anything new or particularly imaginative.

LeMieuxs Four Freedoms Plan combines many of his earlier positions, separating them into employment, debt reduction, foreign investments and homeownership.

Florida's Budget Shortfall to Top $1.3 Billion, State Economists Project

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