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Your Amazon Holiday Is Over: Giant Starts Collecting Sales Tax in Florida in 2 Weeks

| April 17, 2014

For Floridians who are supposed to pay the taxes but haven’t, the announcement of Amazon’s entry into the state’s brick-and-mortar retail landscape could mean about $80 million a year in sales taxes, according to one business lobbying group.

Kiss Your Tax-Free Amazon Orders Goodbye: Company’s I-4 Warehouses On the Way

| October 27, 2013

The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive “fulfillment” centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.

Hillsborough Grants Amazon $6.6 Million Gift as Tax Watch Endorses Online Sales Levy

| June 19, 2013

The Hillsborough County Commission is the first of several local communities expected to throw tax-supported incentives at Amazon, as the usually anti-tax Florida TaxWatch declared support for online sales tax collection once Amazon starts doing business from a physical location in Florida.

Pressure Building on Scott to Sign–Or Veto–Bill Forbidding Local Sick-Leave Standards

| June 9, 2013

Florida’s business lobby supports a bill that would forbid local governments from letting voters decide whether to require more generous sick-leave policies from employers than state or federal law requires.

Florida Chamber, Countering GOP Allies, Opposing Ban on Cuba-Syria Contracting

| October 25, 2012

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is asking a federal appeals court to continue blocking a new law that would prevent state and local governments from contracting with firms that have business links to Cuba or Syria. A a Miami federal judge ruled in June that the law likely violates the U.S. Constitution.

Progress Energy’s Nukes Plant Costs and Delays Escalate, But Customers Must Still Pay Ahead

| May 2, 2012

A controversial Progress Energy Florida project to build two nuclear reactors in Levy County will not start producing electricity until 2024 — and likely will cost between $19 billion and $24 billion, the company now says, but customers will still have to pay for them now.

“Corruption Risks” Cited at Enterprise Florida, the State’s Economic Development Agency

| April 26, 2012

Integrity Florida, a new watchdog group, faults Enterprise Flagler, the public-private partnership, for producing too few jobs while perks such as tax breaks and incentive grants went to corporations that paid to serve on the agency’s board.

Bill To Ban Internet Cafes Advances in Florida Legislature as Opponents Call It a Job Killer

| January 17, 2012

A House panel Today approved a proposal to shutter the 1,000-some Internet caf├ęs that have opened in shopping centers across the state in recent years, including nearly a dozen in Palm Coast.

A Florida Bank’s Rise and Fall Spotlights Fast-and-Loose Culture Plaguing the Economy

| October 19, 2011

The rise and fall of U.S. Century, whose leaders used it as their own corporate ATM, exemplifies the failure to regulate banking during the boom years and the slipshod approach to the bailout. Losers are taxpayers and Florida residents grappling with ill effects of sprawl.

Gov. Scott Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts Even As Florida Faces a Deficit of Up to $2 Billion

| October 13, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott wants to double the corporate income tax exemption to $50,000 and eliminate the tangible tax for half of the state’s 300,000 businesses that now pay it. It’s part of his plan to eliminate all corporate taxes ins even years.

Florida Hospital Flagler’s David Ottati Is Among Northeast’s Ultimate CEO Award Winners

| August 4, 2011

The Jacksonville Business Journal’s fifth annual Ultimate CEO Award drew some 40 nominations from northeast Florida. Ottati, Florida Hospital Flagler’s CEO for the past five years, was among 13 winners.

All Business All the Time as Gov. Scott
Tells Lawmakers: “Don’t Blink”

| March 9, 2011

Scott mentioned the word “job” or “jobs” 31 times in the 27-minute State of the State speech, lauded privatization, vouchers for private and parochial schools and the needs and virtues of business.

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