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: 03-17-2017

Mar 17, 2017

Governor Rick Scott is pushing back against a House plan that would drastically cut one of his signature agencies: Visit Florida. And industry officials say cutting that agency is a bad move for an industry that makes up about a third of the state’s economy. Lynn Hatter spoke with the U.S. Travel Association’s Michael Jacobsen about the latest in the fight between Scott and the House over the future of Visit Florida.

Capital Report correspondents Sarah Mueller, Nick Evans and Jim Ash talk about some of the week’s major stories from Tallahassee.

Capital Report: 03-16-2017

Mar 16, 2017

House budget subcommittees are unveiling their ideas for spending cuts.  Nick Evans reports House leaders ordered each panel develop a list of potential reductions in light of a grim budget outlook.

After the overhead costs to run a state sanctioned employee charity rose to take up nearly half the contributions made, Florida workers and lawmakers became frustrated—even outraged. Regan McCarthy reports officials are now considering a plan to shut the fund down.

Capital Report: 03-15-2017

Mar 15, 2017

A Stand Your Ground-related bill passed the Florida Senate Wednesday, but not without some opposition. Sascha Cordner reports.

Florida House members debated whether legislation stiffening penalties for certain offenses committed by illegal immigrants was constitutional. Critics say it's unconstitutional. But as Sarah Mueller reports… lawmakers are moving it forward

Capital Report: 03-14-2017

Mar 14, 2017

In 2011… the Florida legislature passed a measure to convert Medicaid insurance into a managed care system. But Republican lawmakers now want to take the program away from what they call “big businesses” and change it into a block grant system. But as Sarah Mueller reports… Medicaid providers say if that happens, low income families will lose access to health care.

Capital Report: 03-13-2017

Mar 13, 2017

The Florida House seems intent on bringing the state supreme court down a few pegs after a series of stinging courtroom defeats.  Nick Evans reports the saber-rattling intensified last week as lawmakers approved new reporting requirements. 

A panel of Florida lawmakers is advancing a plan that would require certain food stamp recipients to get tested for drugs. Regan McCarthy reports the move comes years after a federal court struck down a similar law for violating peoples’ right to unreasonable searches.

Capital Report: 03-10-2017

Mar 10, 2017

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  Nick Evans reports the lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.

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.