Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Author

Guest Author - page 3

Guest Author has 174 articles published.

Brian Robare: Proposed nursing home payment system raises serious concern

in Statewide by

I wanted to take a moment to alert Floridians to The Estates’, a Lakeland-based nursing home, significant concerns with the Florida Health Care Association’s (FHCA) plan, which would change the way nursing homes are paid, under consideration in the Florida Legislature. The FHCA is asserting that this prospective payment system (PPS) plan will incentivize nursing homes to make renovations and improvements that will improve and enhance the resident’s quality of life. As a longtime member of FHCA, we are disappointed…

Keep Reading

Paul Davidson: Florida Senate needs to act on auto insurance reform

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

One year ago, I was riding my bicycle down A1A. Out of nowhere, a woman driving a 1988 LTD hit me going 45 miles per hour. The force of the collision sent me flying 60 feet. I landed face first. The next thing I remember is being rolled into the hospital. My lip was ripped up to my nose. Two of my teeth were knocked out. Even though I (thankfully) wore a bike helmet that day, I suffered a concussion.…

Keep Reading

Mike Williams: Meaningful workers’ comp reform must protect Florida’s workers

in Statewide by

With the House version of workers’ compensation reform, our state legislators are dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the past. We cannot have a lopsided system that creates a chasm between the army of lawyers and executives who represent workers’ comp insurance companies and the injured worker who needs a competent lawyer to fight for the benefits that their employer has purchased. Thankfully, the Florida Senate has taken the lead in advocating for effective, meaningful reforms that we know…

Keep Reading

Bob Martinez, Dominic Calabro: The time is now to address the Everglades crisis

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

Florida’s Everglades is an American iconic national park known and revered throughout the world for its biodiversity. Floridians, regardless where they live, must join together to protect and restore this treasure before the Everglades reaches a point of no return. The Everglades is home to thousands of plant and animal species and draws millions of visitors to Florida. Unfortunately, decades of massive changes to the habitat’s water flow have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten Florida’s environment, residents and economy.…

Keep Reading

Pat Neal: Florida must commit to the future and invest in high-tech jobs

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The world around us is constantly changing as technology evolves. Investing in high-tech jobs can set Florida up to succeed far into the future while providing people with high-wage jobs that will keep the American dream alive and well in our great state. Other states have already committed to investments in the future, with millions of dollars being poured into high-tech centers that boost the economy and create hundreds of jobs. Luckily, our state leadership is committed to this goal,…

Keep Reading

Adam Putnam: Florida is a tinderbox, Florida Forest Service works around the clock

in Statewide by

In every corner of our state, severe drought conditions have made Florida a tinderbox. Roughly 100 wildfires are currently burning about 75,000 acres, and our Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are working side-by-side with partnering agencies to battle these fires and protect life, property and wildlife. On Friday, Collier County had to evacuate approximately 7,000 homes due to a massive wildfire. We’ve not seen fire conditions this bad since 2011, and we have wildfires burning from the state line to…

Keep Reading

Pat Neal: Business rent tax stifles Florida’s economic future

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

The business rent tax is the only state-sanctioned sales tax on commercial leases in the entire country and Florida is the not-so-proud holder of that title. Not even tax-happy havens like California and New York impose this state tax on its businesses. Due to this burdensome tax, Florida businesses shell out more than $1.7 billion every year to the state. As a result, our state economy dramatically suffers in the form of suppressed job growth and economic activity. Luckily, Gov.…

Keep Reading

1 2 3 4 5 25
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top