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Taxes Set to be Focus of Key Day in Georgia Legislature

Posted: 03/11/2009 - Georgia legislators are preparing for crossover day. Tomorrow is the last day for lawmakers to submit bill proposals, and republican-backed tax initiatives top the list of measures to be pushed through.

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The Cost of Tax Cuts

Posted: 03/11/2009 - Florida schools face a billion dollar loss next year because of falling property values, but that isn’t stopping some lawmakers from suggesting more property tax cuts. Republican lawmakers say Floridians should be allowed to keep more of their own money, but cutting taxes could come at the expense of seniors, students, and first responders.

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Senior Scams

Posted: 03/11/2009 - Local senior care company and fraud experts say the stakes are high when criminals target older adults

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Florida Officials Warn About Wildfires

Posted: 03/10/2009 - Florida officials warn residents that the recent drought has made vegetation prone to catching fire, and offer tips on how to prevent starting wildfires.

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Georgia House Adopts Food Safety Changes

Posted: 03/10/2009 - Georgia lawmakers are in the processing of adopting new food safety guidelines following the deadly salmonella outbreak stemming from a Georgia peanut plant.

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Corrections Officers Worried

Updated: 03/10/2009 - With the recent release of 66 parole and probation officers from their jobs due to budget cuts, corrections officers fear that their jobs could be next.

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Crist Okays Citizen Rate Hike

Updated: 03/11/2009 - Governor Charlie Crist says he’s fine allowing the rate freeze to expire on Citizen Property Insurance.

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Hospitals Back Cigarette Tax

Posted: 03/10/2009 - Members of the Florida Hospital Association gather outside the Capitol in support of a state cigarette tax to supplement health care funding.

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Tax Cap Plan Resurrected

Posted: 03/10/2009 - Republican Lawmakers are trying to resurrect a tax cap plan, killed by the State Supreme Court last year.

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Senator Wants Drug Testing for Unemployed

Posted: 03/10/2009 - Lawmakers are looking at adopting random drug testing for people who apply for unemployment benefits. People who failed the drug test would be denied unemployment The unemployed fear random testing would slow down the payment process.

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Farm Workers Fight Slavery

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Human rights advocates say people are being forced to work for little or no pay on some Florida farms.

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Florida's Fight to Secure Federal Funds Continues

Posted: 03/09/2009 - Florida is still fighting for $2.4 billion federal stimulus dollars to spend on education. The money is in limbo as punishment for deep spending cuts to Florida schools. Governor Charlie Crist is confident Florida will receive the money and he’s asking lawmakers to use the money to save teaching jobs.

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Unemployment Hits 8.6 Percent

Posted: 03/06/2009 - The jobless ranks in Florida jumped by a full percentage point in January. 800,000 Floridians are out of a job, and economists now believe it will be 2010 before the numbers start shrinking.

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CoverFlorida Plan Pushed

Posted: 03/05/2009 - Low cost health plans under the new “CoverFlorida” plan went on sale in early January, but with no money to market the plans it is uncertain how any have been purchased.

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Cutting Government Cell Phones Could Save Florida Millions

Posted: 03/05/2009 - Last year the state spent 17 million dollars on cell phones, PDAs and other wireless communication devices. The Florida Office of Government Accountability is asking lawmakers to adopt statewide policies to cut down on the expense. Some state employees are cancelling their service to save taxpayer money.

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College Students Rally in Waves

Posted: 03/04/2009 - For the second day in a row, college students gathered at the state capitol to protest spending cuts at state universities.

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Stimulus Money to Help Homeless

Posted: 03/04/2009 - Florida stands to receive millions of dollars in Federal stimulus money to help the homeless.

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New Seatbelt Legislation Passes Florida Senate Committee

Posted: 03/04/2009 - A Florida Senate committee has passed new legislation that would allow Florida law enforcement to pull over drivers for not wearing a seatbelt. Current law states drivers can only be charged after being pulled over for a seperate offense.

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Fight Over Stimulus Dollars

Posted: 03/04/2009 - New calculations show Florida is getting $13.4 billion, a $1.2 billion increase over what it thought it would get in stimulus cash. That will only intensify a brewing battle in Tallahassee over if and how lawmakers should spend stimulus money, and many are worried the money will run out while there is still a need.

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Tax Time Tips

Posted: 03/04/2009 - Certified financial planner Bruce Hagan gives us a few helpful tips as the deadline for filing our taxes draws near.

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