This could be the year of the teacher in the Florida Legislature. For more than two decades, Republican governors and legislative leaders have micromanaged their classrooms, evaluated them using factors they could not control and failed to adequately reward them for educating the state’s chi…
OUR POSITION: New legislation passed last year has failed so far to put the brakes on homeowners insurance costs which are rising with no end in sight.
OUR POSITION: The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking for a $31.6 million allotment of penny sales tax money if the surcharge passes — a generous but reasonable amount considering its intended use.
Talk is cheap, and time is running out for Florida to get on with the difficult and expensive task of protecting its citizens from rising seas along its 1,197-mile coastline. So, it’s welcome news that lawmakers are getting behind Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pledge to prepare Florida for the environm…
OUR POSITION: The Florida Legislature has developed a penchant for pushing laws that take decision-making away from counties and cities and giving lawmakers in Tallahassee more power to tell local governments what to do.
OUR POSITION: Some progress was made by state lawmakers last year in the battle against unscrupulous builders and we expect more legislation this year to make it even tougher to bilk unsuspecting homeowners.
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