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Cabinet Outvotes Gov. Scott to Buy Ranch Lands at Near Appraised-Value Price

| September 29, 2015

Florida Cabinet members agreed Tuesday to spend $7.8 million to conserve two large tracts of ranch land over objections from Gov. Rick Scott, who said he wanted a better deal on one of the parcels.

Rick Scott, Who Made Millions as Hospital CEO, Now Faults Hospital Costs

| September 28, 2015

The proposals are the latest in a series of moves by Scott, who made millions as CEO of HCA/Columbia, to revamp the hospital industry. The Legislature will have to enact his proposals.

State Targets Two More Abortion Clinics as Scott Tightens Vise on Women’s Health

| September 18, 2015

The latest clinics to be fined for allegedly performing 2nd trimester abortions, including Bread and Roses in Gainesville, aren’t affiliated with Planned Parenthood but are cited on similar grounds.

Senate Leader Balks as Gov. Scott Seeks $85 Million in Business Incentives and Recruitment

| September 15, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner says the $53 million to Enterprise Florida is adequate, with $43 million for incentives and $10 million for marketing.

Scott Administration Intensifies Battle Over Planned Parenthood Clinics in Florida

| August 19, 2015

State health officials say three clinics can continue to operate but remain under investigation for allegedly performing illegal second-trimester abortions.

Florida’s Tax Revenue Expected to Grow by Modest $462 Million By June 2017

| August 14, 2015

At least some of the extra money is likely to be eaten up by increasing enrollment in the state’s public schools, changes to health-care spending and the like.

Rick Scott, 1st-Ever Florida Governor Successfully Sued Over Sunshine Law, Settles for $700,000 in Taxpayer Dollars

| August 8, 2015

The suit alleged Gov. Scott and his staff, violated the Sunshine law when they created email accounts to shield their communications from state public records laws and then withheld the documents.

Service Specter: Rick Scott’s Job-Growth Puffery Masks Florida’s Low-Wage Future

| July 20, 2015

About two of three of those new jobs is a low-paying service-sector one, mirroring years of Florida job growth in low-pay, no-benefits, dead-end jobs in Team Scott’s tourism-driven economy.

Scott Bolsters Protection for Florida National Guard in Wake of Tennessee Marines’ Murders

| July 19, 2015

In an executive order, Scott directed Adjutant Gen. Michael Calhoun to temporarily move National Guard members from six “storefront” recruitment centers to armories.

Florida Loses 47,000 Jobs, Flagler 190, But Shrinking Labor Force Lowers Unemployment

| July 17, 2015

Florida’s labor force shrank by a significant 79,000 and Flagler’s by 325, bringing down their unemployment rates to 5.5 and 6.3 percent respectively.

Flagler School Taxes Going Up About 4%, Heralding Season of Steeper Government Levies

| July 7, 2015

The typical Palm Coast house valued at $150,000 will pay roughly $50 more in school taxes for the year even as the tax rate goes down slightly.

Rick Gets Richer: Governor’s Net Worth Climbs $14 Million in 2014, Padded By Blind Trust

| July 1, 2015

Scott, who reportedly spent $13 million last year on his re-election, stated he generated $9.8 million last year from his blind trusts. Unlike last year, however, Scott did not disclose the assets of the blind trust in the most recent report.

New Laws Kick In This Week: Body Cameras, Drones, Abortion, Traffic Tickets, Secret Recordings, Flags

| June 28, 2015

Florida’s record-setting budget goes into effect on Wednesday, along with 130 other new laws that were produced by the Legislature this year in the regular and special sessions and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Here’s a run-down.

Taxpayers’ Tab in Gov. Scott’s Losing Drug-Testing Lawsuits: $1.5 Million

| June 19, 2015

The $1.5 million in legal fees, including nearly $1 million to civil-rights lawyers, are because of Gov. Scott’s failed push to force welfare applicants and tens of thousands of state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests.

Gov. Scott Signs $429 Million Tax-Cut Package, Saving Average Floridians a Few Dollars a Year

| June 17, 2015

The tax savings are projected at less than $2 a month for people paying $100 a month for phone or TV services. The package reduces costs on cell-phone bills, cable TV bills, gun club memberships, college textbooks and luxury boat repairs.

Senate Approves Health Plan to Resolve Budget Impasse, But House Remains Unmoved

| June 3, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott and House Republican leaders staunchly oppose the legislation, which helped grind budget negotiations to a halt earlier this year and spark a special session currently underway.

Federal Government Calls Gov. Scott’s Lawsuit Over Medicaid Expansion “Baseless”

| June 2, 2015

Federal officials fired back in court against Gov. Rick Scott’s contention that the Obama administration has unconstitutionally tried to link expanding Medicaid with the continuation of a key health-care funding program.

Senate Leaders Propose Compromise in Budget Impasse, Gov. Scott and House Reject It

| May 26, 2015

Scott and House Republicans have repeatedly said they have no interest in using Medicaid expansion funds from Obamacare to close a $2.2 billion budget gap and insure more Floridians.

As Gov. Scott Seeks Information For His Health Commission, Hospitals Signal He’s On His Own

| May 20, 2015

As Gov. Rick Scott’s newly created health-care commission prepares to meet Wednesday to begin sifting through data about hospital funding, the governor’s request for information has been met with hospitals essentially telling him to go look it up.

Online Voter Registration in Florida Is Now Law, Over Resistance By Gov. Scott and Detzner

| May 16, 2015

Florida must now develop an online voter registration system by October 2017, joining 20 other states that already provide the service. Gov. Scott was reluctant to sign the measure into law.

Gov. Scott’s Latest Tactic in Budget Showdown: Threaten a Government Shutdown

| May 14, 2015

In addition to raising the issue of a government shutdown with state departments, Scott appeared to try to preemptively blame the Senate if negotiations drag on past June 30, the end of the current budget year.

Gov. Scott Threatens to Delay Tax Cuts and Education Funding Hike Over Budget Standoff

| May 12, 2015

A roughly $261 per student increase from the current year is at stake, as is a a $690 million tax-cut package, if a health care-fueled budget impasse continues in the Legislature.

Gov. Scott Stacks Hospital Panel Without a Single Hospital Expert in Overt Snub

| May 11, 2015

Scott’s commission is to make recommendations for a special legislative session on health funding scheduled to begin June 1, but it includes beef, housing, real estate, banking and hospitality experts, but no health care executives.

How Health Care Blew Up the 2015 Session

| May 9, 2015

Dramatic miscalculations and eagerness for showdown over health care derailed Florida lawmakers’ plans in the 2015 legislative session–impulses they must guard against if the special session is to go more smoothly.

Gov. Scott Seeks Court-Ordered Injunction Against Federal Government in Health Fight

| May 7, 2015

Lawyers for the state asked Thursday for a federal judge to immediately bar the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from considering whether the state has expanded Medicaid as the agency weighs a decision on $2.2 billion in funding for hospitals and other health-care providers in Florida.

Legislators Set Special Session For June 1 But $2.2 Billion in Health Aid for Poor at Risk

| May 6, 2015

Florida House and Senate leaders did not put out a list of topics that would be discussed during the special session, leaving room for disagreement over the final “call” that will be issued to lawmakers.

The Florida Legislature MessedUp. Ten Big Issues At Impasse and Beyond.

| May 3, 2015

Lawmakers will come back sometime in May or June for a special session to negotiate and pass a budget. But with the 60-day regular session formally ending Friday, here is where 10 major issues stand.

Florida Senate Votes 26-13 For Abortion Waiting period, Sending Bill to Gov. Scott

| April 24, 2015

Lawmakers earlier this week approved adding exceptions for victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or human trafficking to the bill. However, those victims could only get waivers of the 24-hour waiting period if they can produce police reports, restraining orders, medical records or other documentation.

Obama Comes to Everglades to Talk Climate Change. Gov. Scott Snubs Visit’s Theme.

| April 21, 2015

Obama is set to appear at Everglades National Park Wednesday to address the economic impact of climate change, a topic and phrase that was not mentioned in a release from the governor’s office Tuesday.

Tennessee and Kansas Also Get Fed Warning to Florida: Expand Medicaid Or Risk Hospital Funds

| April 21, 2015

The federal government confirmed that it gave officials in those states the same message delivered to Texas and Florida about the risk to funding for so-called “uncompensated care pools” — Medicaid money that helps pay the cost of care for the uninsured.



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