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Orlando Sentinel: iBudget hurts both the vulnerable and taxpayers

It took 18 years for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities to supply my son with the services he needs to live. For the 216 months that we waited — one of thousands on Florida’s infamous APD wait list — we yearned for the day that our son would finally receive the speech and […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Bill Cotterell: History abounds in Moore’s ‘Speakers’

Historian Ed Moore uses an interesting quote from Thomas Hardy toward the start of his newly published history of modern Florida House speakers: “The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay not among things done, but among things willed.” In […]

Context Florida: Adam Putnam: Keeping Florida’s water flowing

Florida’s future depends on access to a reliable supply of fresh water. While we’re surrounded by seas and receive abundant rainfall, in some regions during certain times of the year, we are using water faster than Mother Nature can provide it. As our population continues to grow — this year we will surpass New York […]

Sarasota Herald Tribune: Bills bad for insurance

By Sam Miller As residents of the most hurricane-prone state in the world, Floridians need and deserve a stable and healthy insurance market to ensure a swift and easy recovery when the next storm impacts our state. Unfortunately, as Citizens Property Insurance Corp. works to return to its original mission of “insurer of last resort,” […]

Sun Sentinel: Bill Hodgkins: Approving the Keystone pipeline strengthens national security

The debate on the Keystone XL pipeline has been vigorous, yet President Obama continues to stall approval of the project. Here in Florida, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been a strong advocate for the Keystone XL pipeline and has correctly identified jobs benefits and potential boosts to small businesses that construction will bring. His favorable […]

The Tampa Tribune: Rising food costs take bite out of budgets

By Richard Mullins Anyone wanting to save money on groceries might want to skip breakfast, especially the bacon. Bacon, eggs, coffee and butter have skyrocketed in price over the past four years — thanks to high grain and energy prices and soaring demand for food abroad. If there’s any good news for shoppers, it’s that […]

The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Future ethanol mandates would be bad for economy

When oil-industry supporters and Al Gore agree on an issue, one had better pay attention as to why. Former Vice President Gore and many oil-industry supporters are dubious about the feasibility of using ethanol in gasoline blends, as mandated in the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard. That regulation was intended to reduce dependence on foreign oil, […]

The Washington Informer: Payday Loans Still a Debt Trap by Design

Payday loans — the small loans that come with big fees and triple-digit annual interest rates — pose serious threats to the financial well-being of borrowers where they remain available. That was the conclusion reached in new research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). “Whether they receive the loans online, in storefronts or through […]

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