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Southern Political Report names Florida’s top five lobbying firms

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Southern Political Report, a glossy quarterly focused on insider aspects of Dixie politics, has ranked the top law and lobbying firms in each Southern state for its newest issue. The top “small firms” (the magazine’s words, not ours) devoted to governmental affairs consulting in Florida were listed as follows: Ballard Partners Southern Strategy Group Capital City Consulting Corcoran & Johnston The Rubin Group According to the magazine’s methodology, rankings were compiled based on “the results of an online survey sent to lobbyists and…

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FPL chief Eric Silagy joins U.S. Chamber Board of Directors

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Florida Power & Light CEO Eric Silagy was named Thursday to the Board of Directors of the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Silagy, a former chair of the Florida Chamber, is now one of a group of 100 prominent business leaders tapped to promote pro-business legislation and issues nationwide. The U.S. Chamber represents over 3 million businesses from across all industry sectors and regions of the country. Silagy will serve a two-year term. Juno Beach-based FPL is the nation’s third largest…

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Hospital meeting is two weeks away but still no word on Rick Scott’s appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s blue-ribbon healthcare and hospital commission is meeting in two weeks but the Governor’s Office is quiet on the appointments. Scott created the commission via executive order last week. The order doesn’t mention how many members would be on the commission or if any of them would be lawmakers but it did note that the governor would appoint the executive director and that it would be staffed by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Though details haven’t been released,…

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Rick Scott’s commission is focusing on the costs

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Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order identifying nine areas he wants a blue-ribbon healthcare commission to examine regarding healthcare costs in Florida, including  how much money “taxpayer-funded” hospitals spend on lobbyists, campaign contributions, and advertising. This is the second healthcare commission the governor has created since 2011 and, like its predecessor, it has a focus on the care delivered at “taxpayer supported” hospitals. In the May 5 executive order, Scott spells out the profitability percentages in 2012 and 2006 for…

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Rick Scott’s healthcare commission the hot ticket in town

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There are more questions than answers in Tallahassee regarding healthcare financing, Medicaid and the inevitable special session this summer. One thing is for sure, though: there’s plenty of interest in serving on the healthcare commission that Gov. Rick Scott created through an executive order on Tuesday and tasked with analyzing the state’s healthcare costs and investigate what can be done to lower them. “It is the intent of this administration to continue to develop cost-effective, patient-cenered approaches for making healthcare…

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Florida Chamber: Special session offers second chance to get it right

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After a stubborn budget impasse, capped off by an abrupt adjournment by the Florida House, most will agree the 2015 Legislative Session was something of a disappointment. Among those particularly dissatisfied with the outcome this year is the state’s business community, led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. But hope remains for a victory, as Tallahassee now faces a sort of “sudden death overtime.” Although 2015 didn’t produce – as the Chamber diplomatically puts it – “anticipated results,” the state’s leading…

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Biz group says focus should be Medicaid financing, not health access expansion

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The Legislature should focus its efforts on securing continued supplemental Medicaid funding for Florida hospitals but should not push ahead with a plan to provide health insurance access to uninsured Floridians, Florida Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson said in a memo Wednesday. The memo, directed to the Chamber’s board of directors and members Health Care Task members, said there are two realities in Tallahassee: The Senate’s current Medicaid “expansion” plan does not address important costs driver reforms…

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