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Company praised by Rick Scott hasn’t lived up to promises

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A company Gov. Rick Scott was praising more than a year ago for creating jobs is now delinquent in its property taxes and has never met its hiring goals. The Fort Myers News-Press reported Sunday that Altair Training Solutions was supposed to be a multi-million dollar enterprise with facilities in Hendry and Collier counties where it would offer training for law enforcement and military combat personnel. Altair’s owners, Michelle and Brian Jones, said they would bring 150 jobs, with an…

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Despite philosophical differences, Richard Corcoran expects House committees to consider incentive requests

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New House Speaker Richard Corcoran expects funding requests for Florida’s top jobs agency to move through his chamber’s committees, despite his strong personal objections to taxpayer-financed economic incentives. Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida reports Gov. Rick Scott is requesting $85 million in incentives for a broad range of business deals to attract businesses to Florida. Also, the Department of Economic Opportunity — an agency Scott oversees — is requesting funds for VISIT FLORIDA, the quasi-governmental tourism arm, and Space Florida,…

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Florida’s unemployment rate inches up, reflecting growing work force

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Florida’s unemployment rate increased slightly, to 4.8 percent, in October, but the state’s job growth rate continued to exceed the national trend, according to statistics released Friday. The joblessness rate was up by 0.1 percent compared to September. Out of a labor force or more than 9.8 million Floridians, 473,000 who sought employment could not find it. Still, Gov. Rick Scott said, businesses created 8,900 private-sector jobs, bringing the total since December 2010 to more than 1.2 million. It marked…

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Tampa Bay region led state in job demand in September

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Job hunters, take note. The Tampa area led the state in job demand in September with 47,267 job openings. The area, according to the governor’s office, was also first in the state for high-skill, high-wage STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations with 15,199 openings last month. “Tampa-area businesses continue to be some of the top job creators in Florida, adding 32,000 new private-sector jobs in the last year,” said Gov. Rick Scott in a statement Friday. “Tampa also leads…

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Rick Scott activates Emergency Bridge Loan program

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses hurt by Hurricane Matthew. “While Floridians across the state did all they could to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, this was a massive and devastating storm that caused heavy damage throughout our state,” Scott said in a statement. “I have toured areas throughout Brevard, Volusia, Duval, and Flagler Counties and have seen the shattering effects this disaster had on families and small businesses,” he said. “Restoring Florida’s small…

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Tampa region leads state in demand for STEM jobs

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Looking for a STEM job? Tampa Bay might just be the place to be. The region added more than 39,000 private sector jobs over the year, and leads the state when it comes to high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs. According to the governor’s office, there were 15,727 openings in STEM fields in August. “I am proud to announce today that the Tampa area added 39,500 new jobs over the year and also led the entire state in job demand with nearly…

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Gov. Scott to get first state Supreme Court pick

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Florida Supreme Court Justice James Perry announced Monday he is stepping down Dec. 30, which will give Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to begin reshaping a court that has frustrated Republicans on issues ranging from political maps to protecting doctors from lawsuits. Perry, 72, is forced to leave the court because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age. Scott will almost certainly appoint a more conservative justice to replace him, though he didn’t give details about what he will look…

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