Capital Report: 03-21-2017

Mar 21, 2017

The Florida House is promising some big cuts to higher education funding.  And it has a few more changes in mind for the state’s colleges and universities.  Lynn Hatter reports those revelations came this week in response to one of Senate President Joe Negron’s top priorities.

The Florida House is considering legislation that would strip hundreds of thousands of Florida children from the public assistance rolls.  But critics say lawmakers focused on punishing the poor when they should be trying to create high-wage jobs.  More from Sarah Mueller.

Across the country, advocates are pitching hemp as a miracle crop. Some Floridians even think the plant could replace oranges as an agricultural powerhouse. But lawmakers in the capitol are urging caution. Kate Payne reports.

A decades old subsidy for the insurance industry is shedding light on differing approaches for cutting taxes in the state.  Nick Evans reports a Senate panel approved a plan to plow the money into reducing a business rent tax.

A bill moving through the Florida legislature has firefighters sounding the alarm. Regan McCarthy has more....

A bipartisan push to increase school bus safety passed its first House committee Tuesday.  Sascha Cordner reports.