Capital Report

Fridays, 6:30 pm ET & 9:00 pm ET

WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.

Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

Capital Report: 05-19-2017

May 22, 2017

Florida’s charter schools have emerged as winners from the legislative session. The schools have won long-fought battles over local revenue, and where and how they can expand. But even supporters say some of those victories are likely to end up in court. And Governor Scott is under pressure to veto those policies, and the education budget. Lynn Hatter reports.

Capital Report: 05-12-2017

May 12, 2017

The conviction on 18 charges of former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown has shocked the city and is causing deep racial divisions.

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.  Nick Evans has more.

Capital Report: 05-05-2017

May 5, 2017

After much wrangling, wringing of hands and backroom negotiating, the leaders of the Florida House and Senate finally announced an $83-billion state budget compromise last night.  The single largest impediment to reaching that compromise was the money the state provides safety-net hospitals to cover the cost of providing health care to those on Medicaid or those without any health coverage at all.  To find out what happened during that discussion at the highest levels of the Legislature, we spoke to Michael Auslen.  He’s a reporter with the combined capital bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and

Capital Report: 05-04-2017

May 4, 2017

Nick Evans returns from the Capitol to report that budget talks between House and Senate negotiators aren’t quite ready for prime time.

Employer groups are threatening to bolt and trial lawyers are in open revolt as lawmakers spend the final days of the 2017 session haggling over workers’ compensation reforms. Jim Ash has more.

There’s only 1 day left for lawmakers to decide what the state of testing will be in Florida’s public schools. Lynn Hatter reports on the circumstances of what is now the last remaining vehicle for big education changes.

Capital Report: 05-03-2017

May 3, 2017

The Florida Legislature wasn’t able to get it done on time, but leaders are nearing the finish line for the coming fiscal year’s budget.  Nick Evans reports drafters closed out numerous portions of the spending plan Wednesday after days of behind the scenes negotiations.

Capital Report: 05-02-2017

May 2, 2017

The Florida House has signed off on Senate President Joe Negron’s top priority: a water reservoir South of Lake Okeechobee. Lynn Hatter reports after a quick stop and approval by the Senate, the measure is heading to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

The Florida House is advancing a medical marijuana proposal packed with last minute changes to bring it closer to the Senate position.  Nick Evans reports for some in the House, it’s a tough pill to swallow.

Capital Report: 05-01-2017

May 1, 2017

The American Petroleum Institute is praising President Donald Trump’s latest move to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico to offshore drilling. But more than half of Florida’s Congressional delegation stands opposed and as Jim Ash reports, the timing of Trump’s latest executive orders is a little awkward.

A measure to send 300-million dollars to help eight Panhandle Counties recover following the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill appears to be nearing a final hurdle to pass this legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more.....

Capital Report: 04-28-2017

Apr 28, 2017

Nick Evans and Tom Flanigan talk about the state budget crafting process that began in earnest late this week and will continue into the weekend.

The Legislature is expected to pass an implementing bill for Amendment Four, the renewable energy tax breaks that voters approved back in August.  At the same time, a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing appears dead this year.  As lawmakers enter the home stretch of the 2017 Session, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Florida Director Susan Glickman spoke with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash.

Capital Report: 04-27-2017

Apr 27, 2017

Budget talks have begun—or at least the public face of them have started.  Nick Evans reports lawmakers are planning an extremely tight timeline.

Florida lawmakers appear to be moving forward with a House-driven bill boosting funding to charter schools that set up near chronically failing public schools. The measure, dubbed “Schools of Hope”, is a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran but its final form is still being debated.

Capital Report: 04-26-2017

Apr 26, 2017

Spending offers are flying back and forth between House and Senate leaders.  But Nick Evans reports time is running short on this year’s legislative session. 

Florida lawmakers are beginning to make headway when it comes to finding a middle ground between the House and Senate gambling plans. Regan McCarthy has more....

A proposal allowing Florida Power and Light to charge customers for exploratory natural gas drilling has cleared a key senate hurdle, despite numerous consumer concerns. Lynn Hatter reports the company calls the move a hedge against future fuel increases.

Capital Report: 04-25-2017

Apr 25, 2017

It appears talks regarding Florida’s budget have re-started with the House budget chief saying talks could begin as early as tonight (Tuesday).  Lynn Hatter reports earlier in the day the House’s budget committee voted to re-authorize the current year’s spending plan with a few changes, after lawmakers appeared to be at a stand-off.

House and Senate Republicans have different ideas about how to address a dramatic spike in workers’ compensation rates. But as Jim Ash reports, unions and trial attorneys are now saying the Senate version is the most worker friendly.

Capital Report: 04-24-2017

Apr 24, 2017

Back on Friday, Florida lawmakers seemed on the fast track to crafting a budget.  But now, as Lynn Hatter tells Tom Flanigan, negotiations between the House and Senate have hit a huge snag.

Nearly three years after voters greenlighted Amendment 1, a North Fort Myers Republican wants to change the land acquisition funding formula. The late-session move is raising eyebrows, but as Jim Ash tells us, Representative Matt Caldwell says his goal is to increase funding for the iconic Florida Forever.

Capital Report: 04-21-2017

Apr 21, 2017

Can Florida Lawmakers leave Tallahassee on time? Lynn Hatter reports the mood in the state capital has gone from one of pessimism, to cautious optimism that leaders can strike key deals in time.

Tom Flanigan talks with Florida Public Radio’s Jim Ash, Sascha Cordner, Lynn Hatter and Nick Evans about the sudden resignation today of Miami State Senator Frank Artilles in the wake of a firestorm of controversy regarding offensive remarks he made to some senatorial colleagues at a Tallahassee bar earlier this week.

Capital Report: 04-20-2017

Apr 20, 2017

Florida lawmakers are preparing to wrap several education policy issues into a single deal—what’s often called a “train” bill in legislative parlance. Lynn Hatter reports the massive proposal represents an emerging compromise on everything from school testing to recess.

Solar advocates are breathing easier now that there appears to be a deal between the Florida House and Senate on Implementing Amendment Four.  Jim Ash has that story.

Capital Report: 04-19-2017

Apr 19, 2017

Jim Ash explains the circumstances that led to a South Florida senator apologizing to his colleagues at the start of this morning’s floor session and why some of those same colleagues are still calling for his resignation.

Capital Report: 04-18-2017

Apr 18, 2017

The Florida House and Senate have taken the very first steps toward working out a gambling deal this legislatives session. Regan McCarthy has more....

A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes. Sascha Cordner reports.

A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law are heading to the governor’s desk. Kate Payne reports the updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

Capital Report: 04-17-2017

Apr 17, 2017

Jim Ash talks to Tom Flanigan about a late-called gubernatorial news conference today at the Capitol.

As the House and Senate prepare to begin hammering out their budget differences, some question whether those differences are too vast for the two chambers to come to a solution before the 60-day session’s end. But Regan McCarthy reports leaders in the House are confident it can be done.

Capital Report: 04-14-2017

Apr 14, 2017

A controversial pension reform bill that just passed the House is now in the Florida Senate’s hands. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida receives a $1.5 billion windfall from the federal government.  Lynn Hatter and Tom Flanigan discuss where the money is supposed to go.

Capital Report reporters Sarah Mueller, Nick Evans and Jim Ash review some of the week’s top legislative stories and how the need to come to an agreement on the state budget over the next few weeks is becoming ever more critical.

Capital Report: 04-13-2017

Apr 13, 2017

Florida is getting a big budget break in the form of one-and-a-half billion dollars in supplemental healthcare payments from the federal government. And as Lynn Hatter reports, hospitals are breathing a sigh of relief.

The Florida House has approved a plan to give bonuses to teachers and principals.  Nick Evans reports critics take issue with handing out money based on test scores that are sometimes decades old.

Capital Report: 04-12-2017

Apr 12, 2017

After spending most of his political capital on a fight to save corporate tax incentives, Governor Rick Scott decided to weigh in this week on another business priority – rising workers’ compensation rates. Jim Ash has more.

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

Capital Report: 04-11-2017

Apr 11, 2017

A bill building on Florida’s anti-human trafficking efforts is now heading to both the House and Senate floors. Sascha Cordner reports.

A measure that would allow small scale bakers and bee keepers to expand their businesses is moving through the Florida legislature. Regan McCarthy has more....

Capital Report: 04-10-2017

Apr 10, 2017

The Florida House has unveiled plans to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal includes new co-pays and work requirements. But as Lynn Hatter reports longtime observers say the program is stingy as-is, and they’re questioning whether the House plan is even feasible.

The Florida House wants to eliminate Enterprise Florida, an agency responsible for recruiting businesses to the state.  But Nick Evans reports some worry the House’s crusade against one agency could hamper broader economic efforts.

Capital Report: 04-07-2017

Apr 7, 2017

By scaling back the cost and size of a proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, Senate President Joe Negron appears to be making progress with critics. But as Jim Ash reports, a deal is still far from certain.

While several gun bills appeared stalled in the Florida Senate, a couple recently passed the House. As Sascha Cordner reports, one gives places of worship attached to a school the authority to allow guns on the property.

Florida Public Radio’s Regan McCarthy, Nick Evans, Kate Payne and Sarah Mueller review some of the top news stories of the week.

Capital Report: 04-06-2017

Apr 6, 2017

The Florida House is forging ahead with a measure funneling millions of dollars to a pregnancy support organization that opposes abortion.  Nick Evans reports the move could sideline Planned Parenthood.

A Vero Beach Republican is winning the hearts of patient advocates – as well as the ire of some powerful opponents – with a bill that would ban health insurance companies from dropping prescription drug coverage without notice.  Jim Ash has that story.

Capital Report: 04-05-2017

Apr 5, 2017

The Florida House is advancing its plan for cutting taxes.  Nick Evans reports on top of nearly 300 million dollars in reductions, lawmakers want to increase the homestead exemption by half.

A proposed payment system for nursing homes is dividing the industry, with some praising a proposal in the Senate, and others saying it will hurt access to nursing homes for Medicaid patients. Lynn Hatter reports.

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