State News
6:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Institute Targets 'Dirty Dozen': Professions Prime For Deregulation

Rep. Daphne Campbell (D-Miami) with Rene Rollins, owner of World Class Academy School and Salon in Tallahassee, FL
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Over the past several years Governor Rick Scott has touted Florida as a refuge from “burdensome regulations” and has made it a goal to promote job creation in the state. But as Florida’s unemployment rate has fallen below the national average some groups argue the state continues to over-regulate businesses—and one group is targeting several industries it says are prime for de-regulation.

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Health & Science
4:32 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Florida Retail Federation Backing Tax Holidays, Proposals To Expand Pharmacist Duties

Florida Retail Federation president Rick McAllister (left) and others answer reporter questions about the group's 2014 legislative priorities
LHatter WFSU News

The Florida Retail Federation is gearing up for the 2014 legislative session by throwing its support behind a series of proposed sales tax holidays and proposals to expand the duties of pharmacists.

Vice President Randy Miller says the group is behind a 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday pitched by Governor Rick Scott.

“This is the most wildly-popular holiday we encounter. People come out from all over, we bring people in from other states. It’s a great thing for citizens to be able to save on clothing and materials and supplies.”

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4:17 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Doesn't Add Much To Sales, Smartphones Do

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The Florida Retail Federation originally predicted 2013's holiday shopping season would net 3.5 to 4.5-percent more sales than 2012 and officials say they’re on the way to meeting that goal – handily. Labor groups chided big retailers who pushed the sales weekend earlier to include Thanksgiving night in an attempt to maximize profits. Although overall numbers are up, Florida Retail Federation Spokesman John Fleming pointed out that whatever retailers might’ve gained by being open Thursday, they might’ve lost Friday.

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4:46 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

As Planes Fill Up, State Expects Less Transportation Revenue

Tax revenue from aviation fuel doesn’t necessarily mean fewer people are flying, just that not as many planes are in the air.
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The state’s chief economist, Amy Baker, says the state’s transportation trust fund – that’s the money pot funded with fuel, tag and license taxes, will have an extra $200-million to draw from this fiscal year. Baker says tax revenue from highway and diesel fuel sales is up but, she’s perplexed by one category that’s bucking the overall trend.

“The only one that we didn’t see reasons to believe that it’s going to meet the current estimate was the aviation fuel tax,” Baker said in a phone interview Tuesday.

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10:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Miami Lawmaker Wants To Do Away With 50-Year-Old Beer Regulation

Currently, Fla. beer enthusiasts cant purchase beer containers that are more than 32 oz but less than 1 gallon
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Craft beers from microbreweries are steadily increasing their share of the alcohol market throughout the U.S. But, one lawmaker says the Sunshine State’s archaic beer regulations are holding Florida’s burgeoning craft beer industry back.

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