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The potential loss of up to $2 billion worth of federal funding is bringing the state’s budgeting process to a standstill says Senate budget chief Tom Lee.

The loss of the low-income pool money means priorities like Governor Rick Scott’s $500 million tax cut package—are in trouble. And Lee says there could be other casualties as well.

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After two national presidential primary fails, Florida lawmakers are changing the date. The legislature is on its way to reversing the 2016 presidential primaries from January back to March.

Once the youngest person to be elected a city commissioner, Andrew Gillum now faces scores of challenges in his new role as mayor of Tallahassee. He enters office on the heels of a slew of issues, some of which he supports, like the “Ban the Box” initiative, which would eliminate the need for new applicants to initially divulge their criminal histories when applying for city jobs.

Gillum says that, although there are still issues to be ironed out, that the positives outweigh the negatives, such as employment keeping former felons on the right track.

Governor Rick Scott's administration has released its version of the events leading up to the departure of the former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner. The move comes as high-level Republicans  call for an investigation into the firing of former FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

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Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to consider a search for a new head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Scott wants the cabinet to consider changes at the departments of insurance regulation, financial regulation, and revenue. The exchange comes as Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into the ouster of former FDLE head Gerald Bailey.

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