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Eric Barton Discusses Florida’s Controversial Toll Lane Projects on NPR Show

Eric Barton was a guest on “Here and Now” to discuss his story FCIR “Florida’s Toll Lane Boom.”

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Medical Marijuana Foes Are Making Gains In Florida

A couple of months ago polls suggested Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure was going to sail through to passage this year. However, after well-funded attacks on the measure, its passage is now less than a sure thing.

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Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

A state program that shells out big bucks to private companies in the hopes they will create jobs in Florida is under scrutiny, again. The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reports the program isn’t getting the return on investment taxpayers were promised.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 4: The Overview

Over the last decade, Florida has shed thousands of state jobs and it is evident throughout a host of state agencies that these staff reductions have prevented Florida’s government from doing its job effectively.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 3

Decades of job cuts to state agencies have affected Florida’s ability to monitor its water quality as well as provide required assistance to the jobless.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 2

Staffing cuts at Florida’s Department of Children and Families left some of the state’s most vulnerable children unprotected.

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Florida’s Shrinking Workforce, Part 1

In collaboration with WGCU in Fort Myers, FCIR examines how cuts to the state workforce have affected child abuse investigations, environmental protection and assistance for jobless Floridians.

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Florida’s Toll Lane Boom

An analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting shows that the toll lane projects began thanks to state-funded reports produced by a think tank funded in part by toll lane developers.

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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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Florida Jury Slammed Cigarette Company With Almost $24 Billion In Damages

This week a Florida jury imposed punitive damages of $23.6 billion on the country’s second largest cigarette company.

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