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Hometown Democracy Amendment Battle Heats Up

Posted: 06/23/2009 - An amendment giving voters the final say-so on changes to city and county comprehensive plans is headed to the 2010 Ballot. Florida’s Secretary of State certified the Hometown Democracy amendment. Opponents of Amendment Four say it will stifle growth and deepen the state’s economic woes.

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The Real Estate Minute: Importance of First Impressions

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Many of you are familiar with the expression, "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression". Certainly that is true when it comes to selling your home, and you don't have to spend thousands of dollars landscaping.

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Business Tax Increase to Pay Unemployed

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Business owners will soon be paying more to help keep up with the cost of double digit unemployment. With 10.2 percent of Florida’s workforce looking for jobs the state is burning through money to pay unemployment claims. The state will borrow money from the federal government and raise business taxes to keep money flowing to qualified job seekers.

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Exercise Smart Utility Use

Posted: 06/19/2009 - The area has been hit with high temperatures lately-- and that often goes hand in hand with high utility bills. To help people stay cool and keep the costs down, City of Tallahassee Utilities have provided some helpful tips.

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Florida Seeks to Grow High Tech Businesses

Posted: 06/19/2009 - State lawmakers authorized the state pension fund to use up to two billion dollars for investment in companies here in Florida or ready to move here. The bill was enacted in 2008,and the first 250 million dollars is ready to be invested in companies who will create and attract high tech jobs.

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Vance Smith to Head Georgia Dept. of Transportation

Updated: 06/18/2009 - The Georgia Department of Transportation has a new commissioner. Vance Smith will be taking over after former commissioner Gena Evans was ousted following allegations of ethics violations.

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Greater Demand for Free Food

Posted: 06/18/2009 - An increasing number of kids are turning to schools and charities for meals. 600 million federal dollars have been spent to feed kids in Florida though the National School Lunch Program. The state will need 62 million more to keep up with the demand.

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Clean Energy Jobs Take Off

Posted: 06/15/2009 - A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts reports that clean energy jobs have made a drastic rise across the nation, beating out total job growth percentages.

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The Real Estate Minute: Understanding Your Credit

Updated: 06/15/2009 - If you are thinking about buying a house.. then it's also important that you think about your credit history. How well you have handled your credit obligations in the past is of utmost importance to lenders today.

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Lawton Chiles Trust Fund Raid

Posted: 06/15/2009 - Bud Chiles speaks out against the state raid on a trust fund named for his father and former Florida Governor, Lawton Chiles

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Florida College Students Paying More for Less

Posted: 06/15/2009 - The cost of a college education in Florida is going up, but the quality isn’t. All 11 of Florida’s public universities are seeking the maximum tuition increase allowed by the state, but colleges will still cut programs and layoff professors.

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Push to Increase Drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast

Posted: 06/12/2009 - There's a mad push for your support... for off-shore oil drilling. From congress to grass roots organizations, proponents say it will help florida, but not everyone agrees.

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McCollum Disputes Voter Poll

Posted: 06/11/2009 - The 2010 election is still 18 months away, but polls are picking leaders and candidates are already disputing the results. A recent poll gave gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink a four point lead over her Republican rival Bill McCollum, but the state Republican Party says those results are flawed and points to other polls that show their candidate ahead.

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Sink Holds Slight Edge Over McCollum

Updated: 06/09/2009 - Democrat Alex Sink has a slight edge over Republican Bill McCollum in the 2010 governor’s race according to a poll released Tuesday.

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Pill Mill Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Updated: 06/09/2009 - Legislation to stop the abuse of prescription drugs is forcing Governor Charlie Crist into a lose-lose situation. Signing the Pill Mill Bill could put people’s private medical history at risk, but not signing the legislation means people will continue to load up on prescription painkillers.

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The Real Estate Minute: Finding Your Dream Home

Posted: 06/08/2009 - It may come as no surprise that 80 percent of all home buyers begin their search online. With a point and click of a mouse, shoppers can see hundreds of homes, virtual tours and neighborhoods. But finding the perfect home takes skill, market knowledge and hard work.

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Florida Looks At Inmate Export To Save Money

Posted: 06/08/2009 - The Florida Department of Corrections is balking at sending prisoners out of state to save money. Lawmakers approved the practice, beginning July first, but concerns over inmate rehabilitation and safety may halt the practice before it ever begins. For now the idea is being reserved for emergencies like a hurricane.

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A Bright Future Will Cost Students More

Posted: 06/05/2009 - Two programs helping students pay for college are being watered down. Some Florida Prepaid College Plans and Bright Futures Scholarships won’t cover tuition increases. College students are hunting for jobs to cover the extra cost.

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Foreclosure Home Shelters

Posted: 06/04/2009 - Florida has an estimated 280,000 homes in some level of foreclosure. The empty ones could fill up quick under a plan being discussed by emergency workers. Foreclosed properties could be used to house people whose homes are destroyed by a hurricane.

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Saving Money on Summer Vacation

Updated: 06/03/2009 - You can still go on vacation this summer and save money at the same time. Certified financial planner Bruce Hagan has several tips for getting the best bang for your buck.

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The Real Estate Minute: A Good Time to Buy?

Posted: 06/01/2009 - It seems wherever you turn these days, there are financial experts providing advice about what is going to happen to the real estate market. So, how do you know if it is the right time to buy a house or sit on the sidelines a little longer?

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