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.
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.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says while the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety collected the data as part of the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index. The data are from a sample of 2,325 licensed drivers, ages 16 and older, who reported driving in the past 30 days.
Editor Nancy Gibbs writes in this week's issue that the publication chose the new pope (the first pope selected as Person of The Year since Pope John Paul II in 1994) because , "In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power."
Coming in second was the man that we wrote yesterday should be the Person of the Year, Edward Snowden. TIME's Michael Scherer discusses in this video why he's worthy of such attention:
In approving the ballot language last night, Pinellas legislators again demonstrated how much they've learned from Hillsborough's failure in 2010. For one thing, the Hillsborough board didn't approve such language for their ballot measure until May of that year, a little less than six months before voters would go to the polls. Pinellas registered voters won't cast a ballot on the measure for nearly 11 more months.
Today in Pinellas Park a group of local citizens who have a strong interest in making it as easy as possible for people to sign up for the ACA gathered for a roundtable discussion with Sol Ross, Director of Business Outreach for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington. Many of those in attendance were volunteers working for either Enroll America, the group leading efforts to enroll Americans in ObamaCare, or with Organizing for Action, the grassroots organization advocating in support of President Obama's agenda.