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Tampa Bay Times: Campaign launching to add victims’ bill of rights to Florida Constitution

By: Adam C. Smith A newly created crime victim’s group, Marsy’s Law for Florida, is launching a campaign to codify in the state constitution specific rights for crime victims. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation plan to submit language for the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to place on the 2018 ballot. […]

Florida Politics: Chris Nocco, Lauren Book backing amendment for crime victims’ rights

By PETER SCHORSCH Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and state Sen. Lauren Book are joining a national victims’ rights group to ask Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission for an amendment to give equal rights for crime victims. Marsy’s Law for Florida, the organization working to amend the Florida constitution, announced Monday it would give language to the CRC to place equal […]

Tampa Bay Times: Wednesday’s letters: Reform tax code to help small businesses

Small business Tax code reform urgently needed In June, I had the pleasure of traveling to Washington along with the Florida Chamber of Commerce to discuss tax reform on behalf of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. Many people do not realize that Florida boasts the second highest business ownership rate in the nation — […]

Miami Herald: Thank Miami-Dade’s legislators for supporting tax reform

EDITION: 1st State Page: 16A Americans across the country agree modernizing our federal tax code with a pro-growth, pro-business agenda is of utmost importance. It has been 30 years since the code was last updated. The United States has higher tax rates than any other nation in the world, and everyday jobs for hardworking Americans […]

Daily Commercial: Lack of broadband hurts higher ed in rural areas

By Lloyd Dunkelberger / News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The lack of high-speed internet services in many rural areas is one of the challenges hindering Florida’s efforts to increase college degrees and spur economic development, a new report shows. Some 680,000 Floridians do not have access to a broadband internet service that would allow […]

The St. Augustine Record: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Tax reform essential to reviving America

Editor: When comprehensive tax reform was passed in 1986, the United States catapulted into a position of global economic power. However, 30 years have passed and our tax code currently stands at 73,000 pages, full of complications and high business tax rates. For years the American people have asked their elected officials to enact pro-growth tax […]

Florida Independent College Fund Distributes $82,500 in Scholarships to Florida Private Colleges and Universities

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Independent College Fund (FICF) has distributed $82,500 in scholarships to assist thirty students at private colleges and universities in Florida. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment. “All Floridians deserve access to affordable, high-quality […]

Sunshine State News: The Internet Highway: What Will Tomorrow Bring?

By ED MOORE, PH.D. While perusing some educational statistics compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics, I began to think through just how we possibly got ourselves into many of the social, civic and political conundrums in which we now find ourselves. As always, education matters. My contention, now and forever, is that the key […]

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