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ABLE United launches, offers tax-free savings for disabled Floridians

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Floridians with disabilities will now be able to save up to $100,000 in a tax-free account to pay for their health care, education and job training without jeopardizing their government benefits. Under a 2015 law, sponsored by Estero Republican Rep. Ray Rodriguez and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, ABLE United launched the program July 1. The state law is the result of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Jacksonville…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.6.16 – Alan Grayson and the hedge funds

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Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won big-time in Wisconsin Tuesday night, but you already knew that. Did you know that the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their fourth straight NCAA championship Tuesday night, or that the Golden State Warriors stunningly lost in O.T. in Oakland, requiring them to sweep their remaining four games of the season if they’re to break the Chicago Bulls 72-10 best regular season record? In the Florida political world, the biggest story by far…

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Rick Scott appoints Kevin Reilly, William Spicola to leadership team

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Gov. Rick Scott has two new members on his leadership team. On Tuesday, Scott announced Kevin F. Reilly and William N. Spicola will be joining his senior leadership team. Reilly will be Scott’s legislative affairs director, while Spicola has been appointed Scott’s general counsel. Both men start Wednesday. The announcement is the latest of several staffing changes in the governor’s office. So far this month, Kim McDougal took over as the governor’s chief of staff. She replaces Melissa Sellers, who…

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Jeff Brandes, Lori Berman and Ray Rodrigues launching campaign to get solar power amendment passed

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The three legislators responsible for a statewide initiative on the ballot this August announced on Tuesday that they will be launching a campaign to get the measure passed. “Because we’ve moved to the August primary, we have a really short window in order to really spin up a campaign,” said St. Petersburg state Senator Jeff Brandes, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “We think we’ll be very active right up front, and we’re going to be doing a lot of work in…

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