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The Florida Compact on Immigration: The Key to Keep Driving the State Economy Forward

March 21, 2019 - 9:00am
Cartoonist: Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News
Only California has a greater stake in the immigration conversation than Florida. Why? Because Florida's immigrants -- many in number, talent and drive -- contribute a ton to the state and national economies. 
 
Think that in 2017, immigrants spent $7.8 billion in state and local taxes, and wielded $91.9 billion a year in spending power. 
 

Joe Negron's GEO Gig: A Fabulously Slimy Quid Pro Quo?

March 16, 2019 - 9:00am
Joe Negron's escape from the Florida Legislature to a private fortune he negotiated on the taxpayers' dime is out in the open now. Reporter Matt Dixon laid it out nicely for us in Friday's POLITICO Florida.
 

Florida Leaders Stung as Trump Slashes Everglades, Reservoir Funding

March 13, 2019 - 6:45pm
Donald Trump

Florida's three top leaders -- both U.S. senators and the governor, Republicans all -- believed Florida had a commitment from President Trump not to short funding for Everglades restoration in his new proposed budget. But when the budget surfaced earlier this week, it provided $63 million in Everglades funding, falling well short of the $200 million Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis sought.

Fine's Anti-Sewage-Spill Bill a Powerful Blow to Local Government Lethargy

March 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Randy Fine

If Randy Fine and Eric Eikenberg were trading cards, I'd give you 10 Eikenbergs for one Fine.

That's how much hope Fine offers to Florida's ailing waterways, particularly to the Indian River Lagoon.

Milwaukee Outduels Miami for the 2020 Democratic National Convention

March 12, 2019 - 8:15am
Milwaukee's Fishery Forum

Miami may have more experience hosting Super Bowls and other major national events, but it was Milwaukee chosen Monday to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

"I'm grateful for every finalist city for being a part of this process with us," tweeted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, "now let's get ready for 2020." He was talking specifically about Milwaukee's glitzier rivals, Miami and Houston.

Hard-Left Democrats' Power Grab Gives Us a Telling Look at Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

March 9, 2019 - 7:45am

In case you didn't notice, U.S. House Democrats, including Florida's Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, voted Friday for their first major legislation of the new Congress. 

The Democrats call it "For the People Act of 2019;" the Republicans call it "Democrat Politician Protection Act." Mucarsel-Powell, who unseated Republican Carlos Curbelo in the last election, was a bill co-sponsor.

So, what was the Democrats' top priority? Job creation? Veterans? The economy? Nope. The first major program passed by House Democrats primarily benefits ... House Democrats.

Revolt Against a Lower Lake Okeechobee Is Building in Palm Beach County

February 26, 2019 - 9:00am
The 2011 drought in Palm Beach County

The idea of a lower Lake Okeechobee has captured the attention of officials in West Palm Beach and a new activist group who fear the lake will turn into a mud hole and some 1 million people living in coastal Palm Beach County will choke in the next drought.

Quick! Cross Yourself! Eric Eikenberg's in the Cat Bird's Seat

February 23, 2019 - 8:00am
Eric Eikenberg

In September 2018, Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg predicted his influence was about to increase mightily. 

"Forty days from now," he said, "we'll have a new Administration in Tallahassee, a new governing board at the Water Management District, new leadership at the Corps."

DeSantis Appoints Four More SFWMD Governing Board Members

February 22, 2019 - 9:15am
Gov. DeSantis in Stuart with Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board looks to be back in business.

Gov. Ron DeSantis named four new members to the nine-member board Thursday -- three in Naples and one in Stuart -- giving the board a quorum at its March 14 meeting if five members show up, avoiding a further delay in board business.

Politics, Push for Power the Biggest Threat to Everglades Restoration

February 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

The last four Scott-appointed Governing Board members had come to Thursday's South Florida Water Management District meeting with something to say. And boy, did they say it.

I came away a greater fan at noon than I was at 9 a.m. when the meeting started.

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