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Dismantling Enterprise Florida is a top priority for AFP-FL

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The Florida branch of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity announced its 2017 legislative priorities Friday; dismantling Enterprise Florida is on the top of the list. “In 2015 the Governor boldly stated that ‘taxpayers are better investors than government.’ We completely agree. That’s why we’re calling on both chambers to put politics aside and work towards dismantling the failed quasi-state agency, Enterprise Florida,” said AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson. “Government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers. Let’s…

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AFP airs ads thanking GOP lawmakers for refusing to expand health care in Florida

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The Florida Legislature’s failure last week to come to an agreement on redrawing the state’s congressional maps was just the latest example of state Republicans unable to come together. A battle over Medicaid expansion roiled the Legislature for most of its Regular Session this spring. Nearly everyone in the state Senate supported proposals that would have expanded Medicaid and provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents, but the House of Representatives remained resolute in its opposition. And despite…

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AFP calls on Gov. Scott to ignore calls to include film incentive package in Special Session

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Two days after Film Florida penned a letter to Florida’s legislative leaders that they wanted a tax incentives production package for film and television included in the special session that starts up next month, opposition arrived in the form of a letter sent to Gov. Rick Scott authored by the state leader for Americans for Prosperity. AFP has also lobbied hard against a tax incentive package for stadiums this session, and both proposals were referred to in the letter to the governor.…

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Solar power constitutional amendment closer to getting on Florida ballot, but still needs lots more signatures

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A constitutional amendment that would allow Floridians the opportunity to purchase solar power for their home energy needs is one step closer to getting on the 2016 ballot, as the Financial Impact Estimating Conference (FIEC) has completed its review of the Florida Solar Choice ballot petition and filed its Financial Impact Statement with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi must now send the FIEC statement to Florida’s Supreme Court for its review. Concurrently the court is taking up a required review of the ballot…

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Bob Sparks: Entertainment industry adds to Florida’s economic menu

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For years Florida governors and legislators stressed the need to diversify Florida’s economy. A state’s financial well-being so heavily dependent upon tourism and agriculture is a disaster or recession away from economic calamity, they said. They, and their successors who toe the same line, are right. Resorts, parks and Fresh From Florida are great for our economy in so many ways, but our menu needs more entrees. Television, film and entertainment production will not drive an economy, but it pedals…

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