House Speaker Richard Corcoran

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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House Republicans are looking for cuts to rein in a Florida budget they see as out of control.  

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

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Republican leaders hope a strong conservative ideology will be a driving force in the upcoming legislative session. But Democrats say they’re trying to temper the philosophy with reality.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater)
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Money is tight in Florida’s capital, and new leaders in the House appear skeptical of devoting more of it to Visit Florida.  But Senate lawmakers are wary of cutting funds that promote tourism.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
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Florida House Democrats protested Republican Speaker Richard Corcoran’s decision to give a platform to a man they said is a racist.

Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott are in a stand-off when it comes to incentives.  After Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting the governor defended using public money to boost business in the state.

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A philosophical debate is taking shape in the Florida Capitol about what role the government should play in the economy. How lawmakers come down on economic development programs could have real consequences for Governor Rick Scott’s top priorities.

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The state’s publicly funded tourism agency has a new director. The leadership change comes as state lawmakers begin debating whether Visit Florida, and similar agencies, should exist at all.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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A fight over conservative principles in the Florida Capitol took an interesting turn this week, sweeping up the rapper Pitbull and even landing on the celebrity gossip site TMZ. The fight over economic development programs hints at the conflicts that could drive the upcoming session.

House members meeting for a Legislator University seminar.
Nick Evans

Florida’s House members spent a few days in the Capitol going over the rudiments of passing bills.  The so-called Legislator University is aimed at building unity ahead of a likely contentious legislative session.

Nick Evans

Committee meetings for the state legislature are right around the corner, and House leaders are hoping to make sure new and returning lawmakers are ready.  The House is holding a two day series of seminars it calls Legislator University.

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Steven Depolo

An attempt to create a new gambling agreement between the state and Seminole Indian Tribe failed last legislative session, but Florida’s legislative leaders say they’d like to see a compact pass this time around.

Senate President Joe Negron wants the state to build a $2.4 billion reservoir in western Palm Beach County, despite House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s call for budget cuts.

Speaker Richard Corcoran addressing the House.
Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran will require House members to file budget requests as stand-alone measures before the legislative session begins.  The move could make the coming year’s budgeting process contentious.

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