Thursday, March 30, 2017

House votes to kill Gov. Rick Scott’s job program

The House voted to eliminate the state’s main economic development agency and impose strict oversight measures on its tourism marketing group Friday, a move that drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Rick...

Jeff Brandes bills keep Enterprise Florida, but with tight leash

State Sen. Jeff Brandes‘s new economic development proposal would continue operations of the embattled Enterprise Florida and state Department of Economic Opportunity, but on tight leashes. Senate Bills 1110 and 1112 spell out...

Ridesharing companies clear legislative hurdle in Tallahassee

A bill aimed at standardizing operations of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft statewide cleared its first hurdle in Tallahassee today. Members of the House of Representatives Government Accountability Committee voted 21-1 to...

#Miamitech on immigration: ‘Now is not the time to shut the door.”

Everymundo, a fast-growing Miami tech company, was and continues to be built by immigrant talent. That’s even reflected in its company name. Recently the Everymundo team proclaimed its message from the windows...

Ridesharing companies clear legislative hurdle in Tallahassee

A bill aimed at standardizing operations of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft statewide cleared its first hurdle in Tallahassee today. Members of the House of Representatives Government Accountability Committee voted 21-1 to...

Enterprise Florida CEO says agency is ‘worth saving’

As 43-day tenures on the job go, Chris Hart’s has been about as tough as you can get. Hart, the new CEO of Enterprise Florida was once again testifying before a committee in the...

Pain or gain? Business incentive foes, advocates clash over impact of takeaway bill

Business incentives, or money given to multi-million dollar corporations to establish offices and jobs around the state, have come under frequent attack in Florida over the years. Now there’s state legislation that...

Tampa business leaders speak out on incentives, tourism marketing during Gov. Scott’s visit (Video)

Gov. Rick Scott took his case for continued funding for Enterprise Florida, Visit Florida and several incentive programs to the Tampa business community. About 75 government, civic and corporate leaders turned out for a roundtable discussion with...

GOP feud could logjam legislative session

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott is accusing House Republicans of “not caring about jobs.” A Senate leader is claiming the House is violating the constitution, and the House speaker is daring the Senate to sue them. Read more here.

Lights, camera, incentives: Industry leaders focus on creating new film funding program

Florida’s once-thriving film incentive program is dead, but John Luxisn’t giving up on efforts to create a new one. In the last three years, Florida lost more than 50 film and TV projects...
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