The 2017 Legislative Session is off to a tense start, with politicians already butting heads over the all-important budget. The fight could spell disaster for freshmen lawmakers hoping to earn their keep in the statehouse.
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 is threatening to derail session before it even begins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.