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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 […]

$78,000 in UPS Scholarships Awarded to Students at Florida’s Private Colleges and Universities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Williams (850) 222-3767 michael@coremessage.com Tallahassee, Fla. – Thirty low-income students attending Florida private colleges and universities recently received a combined total of $78,000 in UPS Scholarship awards. Distributed by the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF), students each received $2,600 that can be used toward tuition and college expenses. The scholarships […]

Tampa Bay Times: Florida has been hurricane free, but still the insurance rates go up

By Christian R. Camara Florida’s property insurance market — long among the nation’s biggest basket cases — has enjoyed an unprecedented streak of good fortune on two different fronts. The better known stroke of luck is that the state has gone more than a decade without a hurricane landfall. But just as important is that […]

Orlando Sentinel: Q&A: Shining light on solar amendments

By Gray Rohrer TALLAHASSEE – Voters this year are being offered the chance to approve two solar amendments, with major implications for businesses and the future of how Florida consumes energy. Like the first sunbeam rudely bursting through the window in the morning, the differing messages of the business groups, environmentalists, solar advocates and utilities that […]

Tallahassee Democrat: There Are Compelling Reasons for Immigration Reform

By Ed Moore 6:53 a.m. EDT  One in five residents in Florida were born in another country. In fact, the entire population of Florida’s immigrants — all 3,975,000 of them — is bigger than the populations of Utah, Oklahoma or Mississippi. Because the foreign-born are so integral to our state’s economy, we need to have […]

Florida Politics: Amendment 4 backers want voters to see the light

By Jim Rosica Using a favorite joke, state Sen. Jeff Brandes said he had brought together “the Baptists and the bootleggers” in support of his proposed solar-energy constitutional amendment. Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, led a news conference Thursday at Tallahassee’s Florida Press Center. “This is something Republicans and Democrats have come together on,” he told reporters. “It’s […]

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 […]

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