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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

State surplus money ‘gone’ because of Irma

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The Legislature’s chief economist has told lawmakers that next year’s relatively tiny budget surplus will be erased because of costs from Hurricane Irma. Amy Baker, director of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, presented a working version of the state’s long-range financial outlook to the Joint Legislative Budget Commission on Friday. She explained that extra costs to the state from last year’s hurricanes, Hermine and Matthew, cost $76.2 million, meaning a projected $52 million surplus for fiscal year 2018-19 is “gone.”

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Flags at half-staff for law enforcement deaths before Irma

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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half-staff to honor Hardee County Sheriff’s Deputy Julie Ann Bridges and Florida Department of Corrections Sgt. Joseph Ossman.

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Rick Scott takes action against nursing home where eight died

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After eight South Florida nursing home residents died when Hurricane Irma knocked out their power, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday night he had directed state officials to block the facility from receiving any further Medicaid payments.

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Seniors group calls on feds to investigate nursing home deaths

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The group that calls itself the conservative alternative to AARP is calling on the federal government to investigate the deaths of eight South Florida nursing home residents who died after Hurricane Irma knocked out their power. Dan Weber, founder and CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens, sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long asking the agency “to offer any and all assistance in the (state) investigations and, if necessary, conduct an investigation of its own,” according to…

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55 feet high and rising? I-75 bridge could be in trouble

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Rain from Hurricane Irma has engorged the Santa Fe River, imperiling an Interstate 75 bridge that traverses the waterway, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said.

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Justin Sayfie cancels Sayfie Review Summit

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Justin Sayfie announced Tuesday he had cancelled his upcoming Sept. 14-15 “Sayfie Review Summit” because of Hurricane Irma. “It was a difficult decision to make but our state’s focus in the coming days should be on disaster response, recovery and relief,” Sayfie wrote in an email.

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Rick Scott focused on Irma recovery

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Gov. Rick Scott can’t stop, won’t stop as the state mops up from Hurricane Irma.

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