State News

Tallahassee, FL – It was a real struggle for Florida lawmakers to come up with a balanced budget during the recent legislative session. Tom Flanigan noticed a recurring theme in the struggle and asked a few tax and budget experts to share their thoughts.


Tallahassee, FL – A coalition of businesses, workers and consumer advocates want Governor Charlie Crist to veto a bill it claims will increase out of pocket fees for medical services. James Call reports they say it will confuse consumers and increase insurance costs.

Tallahassee, FL – The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA for short, has a new leader- Florida's own former State Emergency Management head Craig Fugate. As Lynn Hatter reports, some of FEMA's employees are excited about the appointment.

Tallahassee, FL – It all started with Governor Crist announcing last week he's running for the U.S. senate....that opened the flood gates...with democratic Chief Financial Officer Alexi Sink announcing she's going to run for Governor. Today republican Attorney General Bill McCollum is expected to get into the gubernatorial race and Florida's agriculture commissioner has also said he'll decide whether to run for Governor sometime this week...more from James Call.

Tallahassee, FL – Longtime Florida lawmaker and former state Senate president Jim King has pancreatic cancer. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The announcement that State Senator Jim King has Pancreatic Cancer came over the weekend. And as Lynn Hatter reports, it has repercussions for the State University System.

Tallahassee – Despite a large budget shortfall this year Florida's higher education system managed to get more money. Lynn Hatter takes a look at how lawmakers managed to increase some of the funds.

Tallahassee, FL – This week is National Nursing Home Week, and Margie Menzel reports, in Florida nursing homes weathered a difficult legislative session and are not poised for growth and better care.

Tallahassee, FL – The South Florida Water Management District has approved a plan to purchase land from the U.S. Sugar Company. As Lynn Hatter reports, the move is a scaled-down version of a larger effort to restore the Everglades.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist signed two bulls Thursday, giving youth in foster care access to their records and an advocate to make educational decisions on their behalf. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee – A press release out of Congressman Alan Boyd's Office says Leon County Schools will receive 11 million dollars in federal funding under the stimulus bill. But Lynn Hatter reports, that news isn't nearly as stimulating as it sounds.

Tallahassee, FL – Just weeks away from the start of hurricane season, Florida's independent insurance agents and a leading consumer advocate are warning that the state's property insurance market is putting homeowners at serious financial risk. Gina Jordan reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist is being urged to veto a bill that its opponents say will promote urban sprawl and endanger Florida's environment. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist says he will run for the U.S. Senate instead of reelection next year. James Call reports, Crist instantly becomes the front runner in the Senate race.

Tallahassee, FL – Three months after President Obama signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, federal dollars are streaming into local agencies to help stimulate the economy and provide services to job seekers and employers. Gina Jordan has more on efforts in the tri-county area to get the best bang for those dollars.

Tallahassee, FL – A freshman member of the Florida House predicts next year's budget is going to cause a lot of pain. Tallahassee representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda says the GOP leadership at the state House needs to open its mind to overhauling Florida tax structure.

Tallahassee, FL – In offices,conference rooms and at their desktops people are picking winners and losers in this year's state budget. Smokers will pay more for cigarettes, it will cost more to register a motor vehicle, and school boards will have an extra 15 cents a day for each student. James Call reports, a group of advocates say a bigger loser in this year's Session was tax reform.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House and Senate have agreed on a bottom line number for community colleges and as Lynn Hatter reports, they are inching closer to agreements on how to spend that money.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Board of Governor's says its please with the concession being made in the legislature. As Lynn Hatter reports, the state university system Chancellor says all would be great if there was more funding to go around.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, called on the House Thursday to pass a bill removing barriers to enroll in KidCare, the state health insurance program from low-income children. Bu the chambers disagree over its fiscal impact. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate took up a bill that will affect state workers and their retirement. Gina Jordan tells us there was much debate and some confusion over the proposed legislation.

Tallahassee, FL – It's deal making time at the state capitol. Conference committees are in final negotiations on a state budget. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate spend a good deal of time discussing a cap on attorney's fee dealing with the state...eventually approving the cap. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon announced Wednesday that he is convening a work group to investigate the death of 7 year old Gabriel Myers, who apparently hanged himself in the shower of his foster parents' Margate home two weeks ago. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The House was cranking through a long list of bills involving construction projects, drivers licenses and corporate income taxes. Gina Jordan gives us a look at the most hotly debated issues.