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News Service of Florida: Brandes: Solar Amendment Implementation to be ‘As Clean as Possible’

By JIM TURNER Voters this month are being asked to approve a constitutional amendment intended to expand the use of alternative energy, primarily solar, in Florida. But passage of what is known as Amendment 4 is only one step. Supporters are also entrusting the state Legislature to flesh out how the changes are implemented amid […]

WFSU: Amendment 4 Authors Plugging Solar Tax Cuts

By Jim Ash The sponsor of the Legislature’s solar energy tax cutting measure says he’s confident it will pass, even though the August 30 primary is just around the corner. Lawmakers put the solar and renewable energy tax cut measure on the August 30 primary ballot to avoid confusion with confusion with another solar power […]

Tampa Bay Times: ‘Baptists and bootleggers’ join forces to support ‘Yes on 4’ vote

By Steve Bousquet Conservative business groups and liberal environmental interests seldom see eye-to-eye in Tallahassee, but they are united in supporting Amendment 4 on Florida’s statewide primary ballot. The ballot question, pushed by the Legislature, would create an exemption from sales taxes and tangible personal property taxes for businesses that add solar panels. Groups promoting […]

Statewide Business and Environmental Leaders Encourage Voters to Support Amendment 4 on August 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carrie Patrick 850.222.3767 carrie@coremessage.com Tallahassee, FL – August 4, 2016 – Senator Jeff Brandes (R, District 22, St. Petersburg) and a diverse group of statewide organizations joined together today to voice support for and educate Florida voters about the various economic and environmental benefits of Amendment 4 on this year’s August […]

Florida Today: Harris CEO: Helping Meet Nation’s Biggest Threats

William M. Brown, Guest columnist 4:42 p.m. EDT July 8, 2016 To address the fast-changing threat environment, accelerating technology innovations and the need to operate in a constrained and uncertain budget environment, the U.S. government is searching for new ideas to secure our nation. Initiatives such as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) have been established […]

Pensacola News Journal: Florida Should Lead in Solar Production

Pensacola 9:49 a.m. CDT June 26, 2016 Being known worldwide as the Sunshine State, it just makes sense for Florida to lead in the production of solar energy. This abundant energy source provides a crucial and important option for consumers of energy, which includes every resident and business in the state. This year, the Florida Senate […]

CoreMessage Adds Veteran Communications Leader to Team

~Michael Williams to Depart Florida Speaker’s Office and Join Leading PR Firm~ TALLAHASSEE – Michael Williams, currently the Communication’s Director for Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, will depart the Speaker’s office in July and join CoreMessage, Inc., as Managing Director of Media Relations. “CoreMessage is thrilled to add Michael to our team,” said Cory Tilley, […]

Orlando Sentinel: Sponsor Jeff Brandes Says Amendment Boosts Solar

When Florida voters cast their ballots in the state’s August primary, they’ll be presented with a proposed constitutional amendment to exempt solar panels and other renewable-energy devices from property taxes. Amendment 4 advanced to the ballot with unanimous support from legislators this year. We recently spoke with the Senate sponsor, Republican Jeff Brandes of St. […]

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