Florida

‘Fiscally responsible’ Florida has $11.5 billion in off-the-books debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

DebtCarried

Despite a balanced budget, Florida’s finances aren’t actually on solid ground, according to a fiscal watchdog group. Not if you include $11.5 billion in missing debt.

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Feds subsidize Florida law enforcement’s military equipment stockpile

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Courtesy of U.S. Army

M-16 assault rifles, reconnaissance helicopters and electric golf carts. For pennies on the dollar, local law enforcement agencies in Florida have been stocking up on surplus military equipment for years.

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Hertz: Crown jewel in Florida’s tax-incentives-for-jobs program under fire, again

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Hertz CEO Mark Frissora was instrumental in securing an $85 million tax incentive package last year — courtesy of state and Lee County taxpayers. Now, thanks to three years of unreliable financial statements, investors are calling for his head.

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Nanny of the week: The out-of-control trend of arresting non-helicopter moms

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  National, News  /  No Comments

LOCK EM UP: Hey, kids, where are your parents. We've got some new bracelets for them to wear. And that see-saw doesn't look safe either, so we're going to have to take that, too.  (Image: Shutterstock)

Part 16 of 18 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — In this space each week, we try to zero in on a single politician, lawmaker or governing body using its power to limit individual freedom and choice in some way.
But, for this week, there is no singular entity or [...]

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Will Florida say yes to medical marijuana?

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Florida, National, News  /  No Comments

medical marijuana dispencary

As November’s Election Day draws near, the debate over legalizing medical marijuana is heating up as opposition campaigns get cranking.

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Florida lawmakers’ personal wealth keeps growing

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

TRIM IT: S&P analyst David Hitchcock says Kansas failed to balance tax cuts with necessary spending reductions.

For some Florida legislators, politics is more profitable than business. Especially if you serve on the governor’s cabinet.

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