Capital Report: 02-06-2012

Feb 6, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden is carrying the message of making college more affordable throughout Florida this week. Monday he stopped in Tallahassee at Florida State University to talk about the rising cost of tuition—an issue that’s been front and center in state politics recently. But Lynn Hatter reports when it comes to the issue of holding down costs in higher education—some say it shouldn’t come at the cost of financial aid to students who need it the most.    

                 

 

A Senate Committee Monday rejected an attempt to block utilities from collecting money from customers for proposed nuclear power plants that may never get built.  James Call reports the move to repeal a 2006 law known as advanced nuclear cost recovery was made by New Port Richey Senator Mike Fasano who says the practice is unfair to consumers.

               

Some of Florida’s Senators are calling for a comprehensive tax overhaul in the state. Regan McCarthy reports lawmakers say it’s time to stop piecing tax rules together bill by bill.

                                                                        

A bill that would give Governor Rick Scott the authority to fire specific board members on Florida’s local workforce boards recently passed in the Florida House. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, while the bill received support for the most part, opponents worry it gives too much power to the state’s governors.

             

Some homeowners who have policies with Citizens Property Insurance may suddenly find themselves with a different insurer.  Tom Flanigan reports the Florida House has passed a bill that allows mostly unregulated carriers to take over many of Citizens’ customers…..