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The Delegation for 5.25.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Criticism of Trump budget proposal to grow upon his return from overseas President Donald Trump presented his budget proposal to Congress this week. Like other budgets proposed by his predecessors, the term “dead on arrival” quickly becomes the operative word for those paying attention. Usually, this event is well covered, especially on the cable news channels. This year, despite eye-popping proposals from the White House, the budget has taken a back seat. Events in Manchester, England, and the president’s well-received…

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Rick Scott signs $180M tax cut package into law

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Florida will reduce the tax pay on business pay on rent, have two, three-day sales tax holidays, and eliminate the so-called tampon tax under a $180 million tax cut package signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Scott signed the measure (HB 7109) during an event at 3C Interactive in Boca Raton on Thursday. While the tax cut package is significantly smaller than the $618 million tax cut plan Scott proposed in January, the Naples Republican said he was proud to sign…

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Rene Garcia: ‘The people of Miami-Dade County … cannot wait any longer’ for signature bridge

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Sen. Rene Garcia is weighing in on a multi-million dollar bridge project planned for South Florida, telling the Florida Department of Transportation that the Miami-Dade community can’t wait any longer. In a letter to FDOT Secretary Rachel Cone this week, Garcia said he was confident the procurement process established by the state transportation agency “followed the spirit and the letter of the law put forth by the 2013 settlement agreement between the city of Miami and the state.” His letter…

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Blaise Ingoglia calls Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump a ‘humbling experience’

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Blaise Ingoglia was part of a small group of state party heads who met with President Donald Trump earlier this month to talk about issues important to their communities. Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a state representative, was one of 10 Republican party leaders, primarily from swing states to meet with Trump and Reince Priebus, the president’s chief of staff, during a meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. The Spring Hill Republican said the president…

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Rick Scott sets special election dates to fill House seat being vacated by Jose Felix Diaz

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South Florida voters will have more than one race on their ballot this summer. Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday calling a special election to replace Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in House District 116. Diaz resigned his seat to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The House District 116 special primary will be held on July 25, with the special general election scheduled for Sept. 26. Those are the same…

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Jose Felix Diaz to resign from House as part of SD 40 bid

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Rep. Jose Felix Diaz is officially saying goodbye to the Florida House. The Miami Republican sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections on May 17 resigning from the Florida House effective Sept. 26. Diaz, who is running in the special election to replace Frank Artiles in Senate District 40, sent similar letters to Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Florida law requires candidates who currently hold an elected position to resign their seat in order…

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Florida’s unemployment rate drops to 4.5%, Tampa at 3.8%

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Florida’s unemployment rate dipped to its lowest rate in nearly a decade in April, state officials announced Friday. The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced the unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent in April, down from 4.8 percent one month earlier. The drop marks one of the lowest rates since September 2007, and is only slightly higher than the national unemployment rate of 4.4 percent. The Tampa Bay-area led the state when it came to job demand, with 47,412 job…

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