Governor Rick Scott announced in Tampa his proposal — a $401 million dollar tax cut on vehicle registration fees — which he said would bring the level below what Floridians paid in 2009, when the state legislature raised the fees.
"An average Floridian family will see a reduction in registration fees from $71 to $46 next September. That’s an average decrease of $25," Scott said while speaking in a cramped room jammed with supporters and reporters at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.
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The showcase of live original music by three artists takes place tonight from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Join CL and the International Academy of Design & Technology tonight as we celebrate local designers at the CL Style Issue Release Party and IADT Fashion Show.
IADT students made quite a splash at Fashion Week Tampa Bay this year. CL Style Editor Leslie Joy Ickowitz particularly liked the work of Alexandra Lin and Gigi Guerra, whose black and gold full-length coat was, in Leslie’s words, “swoon-worthy.”
Equally swoon-worthy are the nine local fashion designers Leslie spotlighted for this week's Style Issue: Dolly Donshey, Sandra Hagen, J. Hendrix, Lorena Knezevic, Audrey "Pat" McGhee, Stephen Ogaga, Elizabeth Carson Racker, Rhonda Shear, and Rachana Suri. The fashions of all nine walked the runway during Fashion Week Tampa Bay.
There will be complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the party. Arrive early and take a tour of IADT’s new campus to see where fashion happens.
Thurs. Dec. 12. Open House mixer, 6 p.m. Fashion show, 7 p.m. IADT Tampa campus, 3725 W. Grace St., Tampa.
The list included supporting legislation that would close corporate loopholes, as well as two specific pieces of legislation that, according to an economic think tank, would result in the creation of over 3 million jobs nationwide and more than 170,000 in Florida.
Sally Everett has been selected to serve as the Director of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg.
"It is vital that we have an experienced, in-house professional tracking state and federal legislation, identifying opportunities and challenges, and representing our City when other government bodies are meeting," Kriseman said in press release. "St. Petersburg will benefit greatly from Sally's breadth and depth of experience and longstanding relationships with area officials."
But Rick Scott disagreed. That's why in February he announced that he wanted the state to take the feds money. In that regard, he was like several other Republican governors throughout the country who faced resistance to buying into the ACA. But unlike Arizona's Jan Brewer, Ohio's John Kasich and Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, Scott failed to lift a finger in advocating that his legislature support it this past spring. That's not a criticism, per se. That's simply a fact.
The deal has been criticized by many conservatives (as well as some liberals), and Ross admitted during a telephone town hall meeting Wednesday night that it's certainly not an ideal plan, but said that Congress cannot keep on passing continuing resolutions every three to four months, and admitted that the government shutdown in October led by his colleagues in House was a disaster.
"The last government shutdown cost us $24 billion," he said. "The threat of a government shutdown leads to panic, leads to chaos and bad legislation."
We'll leave aside the question of who may be getting spayed or neutered in the Congressional District 13 race in Pinellas County, but David Jolly has received the first celebrity endorsement in his campaign against his fellow Republicans in next month's special primary election, and it's none other than former Price is Right host Bob Barker. The ad will play Thursday on WTSP's broadcast of the game show.