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Investigation Found Enterprise Florida Spent Half A Million Dollars On Lavish Restaurants, Hotels

The state’s economic development agency is under fire, again. This time, a recent report highlighted lavish spending by its staff, which prompted a watchdog group to ask the governor to launch an investigation.

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Another State-Backed Company Plans Massive Layoffs In Florida

A mortgage software firm that has received millions in state incentive dollars has announced it will lay off 744 workers in Florida by April.

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Report On Economic Incentives Shows Poor Return on Investments In Some Cases

The state released a report this week showing the results of the state’s investment in private companies. So far, the state’s records show the program—which is supposed to create private sector jobs—has had mixed results.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Supporters Have Money, Need Signatures And Court Approval

With 82 percent of Florida poll respondents in favor of marijuana-as-medicine, it appears Florida could become the 21st state with medical outlets selling pot.

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ALEC, Backer Of Stand-Your-Ground Laws, Faces Funding Issues After Trayvon Martin Shooting

The American Legislative Exchange Council is having some trouble raising money from its former corporate donors in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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Banks Fail To Protect Consumers From ATM Crime, FCIR Investigation Finds

Unlike cases of fraud or identity theft, ATM violent crimes are largely under-reported because nobody tracks them. Not the FBI, the police or the banking industry.

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Koch Brothers Use ‘Front Groups’ To Influence Policy In Florida, Report Claims

A new report from two left leaning organizations, Progress Florida and the Center for Media and Democracy, highlights how right-wing think tanks tied to The American Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch brothers have been influencing Florida policy.

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Brevard Corruption Case Morphs Into Public Records Battle

In hopes of avoiding involvement in a public corruption case, an economic development operation in Brevard County contends it is not subject to the state’s open records laws.

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National Group Says Enterprise Florida Is Misusing Taxpayer Funds

A new national report criticizes the use of public-private partnerships for economic development in several states, including Florida.

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Gov. Rick Scott Seeks Half-Billion In Cuts To Florida Taxes And Fees

Gov. Rick Scott is asking for another round of steep tax cuts and budget cuts in Florida’s upcoming budget.

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