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Red light camera crashes are up, and so is ticket revenue

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Red light camera operators issued a record number of violations to Florida drivers last year — which means more revenue for the state and local governments. But the number of crashes at red light camera intersections also increased.

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State economist: 70 percent of Florida’s economic incentive programs losing money

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments


The debate over whether Florida should change its economic development policies reached its first legislative committee of 2017 this week — with new data casting a shadow on the practice of awarding taxpayer-funded perks to private businesses.

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Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Lawmakers already skeptical of providing taxpayer support for private businesses may seize on the bureaucratic euphemism and underlying findings—and they might be right.

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Reform bill targets Enterprise Florida, but will accountability persuade critics?

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Gov. Rick Scott wants to fund it. House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to abolish it. But a new bill filed over the holiday break would split the difference, keeping Enterprise Florida, Inc.’s “corporate welfare” program alive while subjecting it to greater levels of accountability.

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Proposed legislation would make juvenile civil citations mandatory in Florida

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Florida law enforcement officers have the discretion to issue civil citations to minors caught committing misdemeanor crimes, but a newly filed bill would make them mandatory.

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Florida a leader in suspending drivers’ licenses for non-driving-related drug offenses

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Florida suspends more drivers’ licenses as a result of drug convictions than almost any other state in the country, but the punishment creates more problems than it actually solves.

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