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.
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.
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.