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Tampa cabbies colluding with regulators to stymie ridesharing

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Florida, Regulations, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Tampa taxi companies and the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission have been cooperating on efforts to keep out ridesharing services. Newly uncovered emails show that a May sting operation in which taxi and limousine employees posed as rideshare customers to help PTC officers nail Uber and Lyft drivers with fines were “not the first collaboration between […]

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Federal regulation threatens Florida’s historic premium cigar industry

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Federal Government, Florida, Health Care, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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The Obama administrations’s regulatory assault on Florida’s premium cigar industry appears tailor made for an election season rife with populist indignation.

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More out, less in: Altered assumptions push Florida’s pension debt up $2.6 billion

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Florida, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a small, unassuming Capitol conference room last week, state pension officials made multi-billion-dollar tweaks to the Florida Retirement System’s 1.1 million-member pension plan.

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The murky politics of overhauling Florida’s voter registration data

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Federal Government, Florida, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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There might be a solution to Florida’s perennial double-voting problem — but it comes with its own set of costs. Cleaning up the voter rolls has long been a pet project of conservative-leaning advocacy groups, while liberal groups call for easier access to voter registration. Back in 2012, Florida officials performed true to expectation, as Gov. […]

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While experts debate criminal justice reform, public wants changes

By   /  October 18, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments


High incarceration and recidivism rates, expansive corrections budgets and opposition to the “war on drugs” have placed increased pressure on lawmakers to enact changes to the criminal justice system at the federal and state levels. But while public support for reform appears to be growing, experts and politicians have yet to come to a consensus […]

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Bridges of America prisoner transition group battles state for a second chance

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Like the founder of her prisoner-transition program, Dawn Knight aims to be an inmate success story. Knight, 36, is serving a six-year prison sentence for burglary, grand theft and possession of burglary tools. If not for a drug addiction that began with legally prescribed pills, Knight says she would have never become “property of the […]

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