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: 03-09-2017

Mar 9, 2017

The Florida Senate has approved wide-ranging changes to the state’s higher education system. Lynn Hatter reports it’s a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron.

It’s not only higher education that has the senate president’s heart.  Joe Negron has also pledged to reduce the toxic algae blooms trigged by polluted runoff.  He insists the answer is a reservoir to intercept and mitigate that runoff.  But as Amy Green with member station WMFE in Orlando discovered, it may take more than one reservoir to do the trick and where to put them is a very sticky issue.

Capital Report: 03-08-2017

Mar 8, 2017

One of the most controversial spending programs of this year’s session passed its second committee stop Wednesday.  Nick Evans reports the reservoir project championed by Senate President Joe Negron raises conflicting concerns with supporters and opponents. 

The Senate is moving ahead with a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, despite industry threats of a blizzard of lawsuits. But as Jim Ash reports, the House remains a big question mark.

Capital Report: 03-07-2017

Mar 7, 2017

Tom Flanigan hits the highlights of Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address.

Florida Governor Rick Scott touted new jobs, a growing economy and tax cuts in his State of the State speech Tuesday. But Democratic lawmakers say Scott’s policies are benefitting corporations at the expense of Floridians. Sarah Mueller reports.

While Governor Rick Scott was outlining his priorities in the State of the State address, Awake the State, the progressive advocacy group, was offering a much different take.

Capital Report: 03-03-2017

Mar 3, 2017

Florida lawmakers will debate education issues that include big changes to higher education and k-through 12 schools in this year’s legislative session.  Recess could become mandatory, tuition less expensive and Bright Futures access expanded under proposals in both the House and Senate as we hear from Lynn Hatter.

One of the big debates taking shape this legislative session is about state involvement in economic development. The capitol’s powerbrokers are picking sides in the battle, which threatens to derail session before it even begins. Kate Payne reports.

Capital Report: 02-24-2017

Feb 27, 2017

Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  Nick Evans reports murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget.  Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter. 
The Florida House and Senate have dueling gambling plans, but Regan McCarthy reports leaders insist there’s time for the two chambers to come together.

Capital Report: 02-17-2017

Feb 17, 2017

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But Nick Evans reports some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

In the midst of perennial debates over abortion and gun control, Florida lawmakers paused briefly this week to contemplate a nearly utopian future…one where cars drive themselves and the mighty Gulf Stream provides most of our energy needs.  Jim Ash has the look ahead.

Capital Report: 02-10-2017

Feb 10, 2017

During a week when President Donald Trump was tweeting unprecedented personal attacks on federal judges, the Florida courts were coming under some fire of their own.  Some conservative House members want to term-limit Supreme Court justices and Chief Justice Jorge Labarga (George La-BAR-guh) made a rare public response to the onslaught as we hear from Jim Ash.

Capital Report: 02-03-2017

Feb 3, 2017

The Trump administration is driving thousands of Floridians into protest marches and lawmakers’ offices, some for the first time. But will that anger and energy translate into a real impact? Kate Payne reports.

Fear has only grown in the week since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry into the U-S for refugees and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. Now other refugees and legal residents say there are worries they will be the next to lose their chance at the American Dream.  Sarah Mueller has more.

Capital Report: 01-27-2017

Jan 27, 2017

Add fracking to the list of high profile issues that threaten to derail the Legislative Session, which begins March 7th.  Powerful Senate Republicans are calling for a ban on the controversial drilling method.  But as Jim Ash reports, the more conservative, free-market House is in no mood to go along.

Florida Senators showed their hand Wednesday when the chamber’s regulated industry panel approved a comprehensive gaming overhaul. Regan McCarthy has more…

Capital Report: 01-20-2017

Jan 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Education is a conservative fundraiser and vocal critic of traditional public schools. While Betsy DeVos’ nomination could mean drastic change for some states, Kate Payne reports she has already made her mark on Florida’s education system.

The Florida Department of Health and a Republican state senator are offering drastically different visions for the future of medical cannabis in the state.  Nick Evans reports it could set the stage for a contentious rollout of last year’s amendment two.