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In Tampa, Jay Fant says House ‘out of whack’ for zeroing out funding for Enterprise Florida

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Jay Fant was back in Tampa Tuesday night, where he once again registered his disagreement with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the House vote to zero out funding for Enterprise Florida. The Jacksonville Republican state representative, speaking to the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee as he starts his campaign for attorney general, said he gets along very well with Corcoran, agreeing with him 90 percent of the time. But Fant disagrees with the House’s “method of how they handled this budget in relation…

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Say hello to Jay Fant, first major Attorney General candidate for 2018

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Jay Fant has only been in the Legislature for three years, but based on his experience as a Jacksonville attorney, he believes he’s as qualified as anyone to become Florida’s next Attorney General. On Tuesday, the Florida House Republican from Jacksonville visited Tampa as part of a four-day statewide blitz to begin his candidacy, starting the campaign tour less than 12 hours after the Florida Legislature commenced its 2017 Regular Session. Speaking with FloridaPolitics.com at Sheltair Aviation, just north of the International…

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Jax House member Jay Fant launches campaign for Attorney General

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Jacksonville House member Jay Fant announced for state Attorney General Tuesday, promising to fight for the Constitution — especially the First and Second amendments — and against “big government.” Fant said during a kickoff news conference in the state Capitol that “fighting big government, fighting for the Constitution, and fighting for free enterprise” were what drove him to seek his House seat in 2014. “My zeal for protecting property and people has not abated. Today, because if this, I am…

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House OKs VISIT FLORIDA, Enterprise Florida funding cuts

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House members on Monday approved a measure dealing with VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida funding on a 74-34 vote. If vetoed, however, the “conforming bill” would need 80 votes to overcome Gov. Rick Scott‘s red pen. Both chambers have begun discussing the 2017-18 state budget, which wasn’t completed on time to finish the 2017 Legislative Session last Friday. That caused a rare extension to Monday, using the weekend to count toward the constitutionally required 72-hour “cooling off” period before lawmakers can vote. The…

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House committee rejects attorney-fee amendment, OKs workers’ comp bill

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The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee voted Tuesday narrowly against requiring workers to pay their own attorney fees in disputes over benefits. The tally went 8-7 against an amendment by Republican Jay Fant to scrap most of a proposed committee bill addressing escalating workers’ compensation premiums. The panel proceeded to approve the underlying bill, 14-1. Fant was the “no” vote. Even members who voted for the amendment said they would support the bill in hopes of making improvements later. Fant’s language would…

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Planning begins for Jay Fant run for Attorney General

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Republican State Rep. Jay Fant has the safest of safe seats on Jacksonville’s deep-red Westside. However, in the even deeper-red Florida House, he found himself on the losing side of this week’s debate about Enterprise Florida. Fant spoke passionately and futilely about the need to maintain incentive programs, a position not shared by most of the legislative body. However, there is a narrative suggesting the Florida House is not Fant’s end game. Rep. Fant, who has not filed for re-election, is…

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House to Enterprise Florida: Drop dead

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The Enterprise Florida economic development organization and a multitude of business incentives would be eradicated under legislation passed by the Florida House Friday. The bill (HB 7005) passed on an 87-28 vote, with some members voting against their respective parties’ position. The measure was pushed by Speaker Richard Corcoran, who has derided Enterprise Florida as a dispenser of “corporate welfare.” But the legislation goes to a Senate that largely backs incentives and wants to keep the organization that, though a public-private partnership, doles out mostly…

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