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Capital Report: 02-01-2019

Governor Ron DeSantis has rolled out his budget proposal for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Shawn Mulcahy reports it follows through on key campaign promises like environmental protection, education and infrastructure.

The longest partial government shutdown in history is over, but economic analyst Hank Fishkind says some of its effects on our state and our region will be permanent.  Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston about the short-term and long-term consequences he sees for the Sunshine State. He starts the conversation with another dubious distinction of the recent shutdown.


Governor Ron DeSantis says he wants to get rid of all remnants of Common Core standards in Florida’s public schools.

Gina Jordan has more on the governor’s executive order.

State Senate President Bill Galvano this week said legalizing sports gambling in Florida is on his priority list. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Marc Dunbar, an attorney who has dealt with gambling laws for 25 years, to get his thoughts on what that might mean for the state.

Hurricane Michael caused lots of destruction to Florida's gulf coast. Till this day trees are left uprooted and snapped in half, buildings totaled or covered in tarp, and some houses flattened.  Business owner David Smith who owns Smith Motorworks whose building survived in Panama City told his story to our reporter Blaise Gainey.

Despite rumors he may run, former Tallahassee Mayor, and recent Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum has signaled he plans to spend the 2020 election cycle as a spectator. Better make that “commentator.” Meanwhile, Gillum is facing a hearing into several ethics complaints made against him and in the meantime has taken a new job. Regan McCarthy has more…..