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Florida Legislation Could Send Phone Bills Soaring

Posted: 03/24/2009 - The price you pay for a home phone could go up as much as 20 percent a year under legislation moving in Tallahassee. Lawmakers want to lift regulations for landline companies, but the bill would have to get past the governor who is standing against all rate hikes.

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Backyard Shopping in Florida

Posted: 03/24/2009 - Florida businesses are asking you to shop locally. They’re even providing some incentives.

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Florida Session Going Slowly

Posted: 03/23/2009 - Today began the fourth week of the Florida Legislature’s 60 day session, but few bills have been passed and budget negotiations remain stalled. Some are concerned the process is moving so slowly, it will require expensive overtime to get a budget worked out.

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More Education Money is On The Way

Posted: 03/23/2009 - The state is still waiting on word from Washington about whether or not Florida will get two billion dollars for education.

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Georgia Resolution Honoring Obama on Hold

Posted: 03/20/2009 - Black Democrats in the Georgia House storm out after Republicans put a resolution honoring the accomplishments of Barack Obama on hold.

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Crist Mum on Holdbacks

Posted: 03/20/2009 - Governor Crist orders state agencies to hold back money in their budgets, just hours after saying he knew nothing about the plan.

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To Save Education, Gulf County Says Yes to Taxes

Posted: 03/20/2009 - Budget cuts in Rural Gulf County, Florida were about to close several schools, and 38 jobs were on the chopping block. But voters in Gulf County have a new model for the state, putting education before taxation.

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Universal Health Care

Posted: 03/19/2009 - State Democrats are calling on congress for universal health care

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Bright Futures Not as Bright

Posted: 03/19/2009 - Higher college tuition rates are one step closer to reality. A legislative committee has given state universities authority to raise tuition 15 percent a year. If you are counting on Florida prepaid or Bright Futures to cover the cost, think again.

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Thousands Rally in Support of Education

Posted: 03/18/2009 - More than a thousand parents, teachers, and students rallied on the steps of the state capitol today. The group is asking lawmakers to eliminate tax exemptions, raise the cigarette tax and pass a temporary one cent sales tax to fund schools. The group brought 2.6 million pennies with them to support their call for change.

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Monitoring State Spending

Updated: 03/17/2009 - Florida’s Chief Financial Officer launched the Sunshine Spending website today, which allows people to search state contracts by agency and vendor.

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Workers' Protest

Updated: 03/17/2009 - State workers spent the day at the capitol talking to anyone who would listen about the five percent budget cuts threatening their jobs.

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Florida Speeding Up Stimulus Spending

Posted: 03/17/2009 - The clock is ticking for the state to spend its cut of the federal stimulus money. Florida has 120 days to allocate half of the $1.3 billion it’s receiving for roads. Critics are blaming the governor for slowing down the spending process, but most of the spending needs legislative approval.

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Mortgage Fraud Sweeps the Nation

Posted: 03/16/2009 - The housing market is in the dumps across the nation, and mortgage fraud may have a lot to do with. Florida and Georgia are among the top five states with the most incidents of fraud.

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State Faces $3.4 Billion Shortfall

Posted: 03/13/2009 - State lawmakers will have to decide how to fill an estimated 3.4 dollar budget deficit. State economists released their latest predictions this afternoon, and the debate over how to balance the budget is already raging. Deep spending cuts, new taxes, and stimulus dollars could all be used to fill the budget gap.

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Madoff “Where He Belongs”

Posted: 03/12/2009 - Financier Bernie Madoff is in jail Thursday, awaiting sentencing after he pled guilty in court. One of many Floridians affected by the Madoff scheme speaks out.

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Tax Cut Plan Hopes to Spur Growth

Posted: 03/12/2009 - There are 300,000 empty homes in the state’s housing market. The houses represent a two year surplus, which is one reason why many builders are out of work. A legislative plan to boost home sales by reducing property taxes is gaining support in Tallahassee.

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Roses and Flowerbeds Saved

Posted: 03/12/2009 - Two groups save roses and flowerbeds around the city of Tallahassee and are recognized for their efforts.

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