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POLITICO: Brandes files bill to implement renewable energy amendment

By Bruce Ritchie Sen. Jeff Brandes on Thursday filed a bill to implement a renewable energy tax break that voters approved in August.Amendment 4 extended a tax break from residential to commercial property for solar or renewable energy source devices. The measure, backed by business and environmental groups, received 73 percent voter approval during the […]

Florida Politics: Court Rejects AT&T Appeal Over $360M State Contract

By Jim Rosica AT&T Corp. on Friday lost its appeal over a contract potentially worth $360 million that went to competitor Harris Corp. to provide phone and internet service to the State of Florida. A unanimous panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the Department of Management Services (DMS) to award the contract […]

The Florida Times Union: Guest column-Hurricane Matthew delivers a reminder of life on Florida’s coast

By Manley Fuller, President of the Florida Widlife Federation Early estimates placed Florida’s total economic damages from Hurricane Matthew in the range of $25 – 70 billion. With the weakening of the storm and a track that moved the storm eastward, the estimated damages from the storm dropped significantly, but that should not keep us […]

Northwest Florida Daily News: Community gardens to grow with grants

By ABRAHAM GALVAN | 315-4445 | @ AbrahamGnwfdn | agalvan@nwfdailynews.com ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to improve communities with gardens has reached Northwest Florida. In partnership with the Central Florida Foundation, the company will provide funding for three garden projects through its Florida Grassroots Grants. “We made a three-year commitment to reach out to all 67 counties in […]

Sunshine State News: Common Sense Renewable Fuel Legislation Is at the Forefront

By Ned Bowman The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2017 proposal suggests potential increases for higher ethanol blends in gasoline. The RFS was originally intended to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but over time the National Association of Clean Air Agencies discovered that it has produced higher emissions of nitrogen oxide […]

Miami Herald: Trade pact benefits our forest industry

Florida exports about one-fifth of its goods to countries that have signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an international agreement that will make it easier for businesses, especially small businesses, to sell products across the globe. It eliminates more than 18,000 taxes and restrictions placed on American products that have us at a disadvantage. […]

Capital Soup: ICYMI: Harris Corporation Joins Indian River Lagoon Initiative

Earlier this week, the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and Harris Corporation highlighted a new partnership to clean up the Indian River Lagoon using innovative technology designed to return the lagoon to its once pristine state. Florida Today documented the novel arrangement between a company and an organization tasked with preserving a body of […]

Tampa Bay Times: Monday’s letters: Trade deal carries benefits for Florida

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has become a highly contested issue in recent months. The TPP is intended to bring economic growth and create new opportunities for employees and businesses. This will contribute to raising living standards, benefiting consumers, reducing poverty and promoting sustainable growth. The most recent TPP agreement includes import and export agreements with 11 […]

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