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Special-interest groups rejoice Enterprise Florida House vote; call for Senate death knell

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When the Florida House of Representatives voted Friday to do away with the much-embattled Florida Enterprise – the program Gov. Rick Scott loyally supported and, oppositely, Speaker Richard Corcoran virulently chided – special interest groups who had worked tirelessly for its eradication jumped for joy. None celebrated more than the Florida branch of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-FL), which bills itself as the leading grassroots advocacy organization campaigning against corporate welfare, which is what Speaker Corcoran had called it in the…

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Hillsborough film company looking for tax incentives on new production

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Hillsborough County commissioners are poised this week to consider $25,000 in incentives for a local film company to shoot a film in the Tampa Bay area. Noah Pransky of WTSP reports the subsidies will be the latest attempt by lawmakers to support the county’s struggling film industry. But in contrast to “The Infiltrator,” a big-name motion picture filmed in 2015 with the help incentives, the latest potential recipient is working with both a smaller cast and budget If approved, the…

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Americans for Prosperity slams Rick Scott for “crony politics,” “corporate welfare”

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants $250 million for corporate incentives. Americans for Prosperity – Florida, however, lambastes his proposal as “crony politics” and “corporate welfare.” Andres Malave, AFP-Florida’s communications director, noted in an email Monday that “last week Governor Scott put out an ad to garner more attention for his request for another $250 million dollars of taxpayer money for corporate welfare.” “Floridians are sick and tired of the crony politics coming out of Tallahassee,” Malave said, “so I hope the Governor enjoys…

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First look — Americans for Prosperity goes in on Senate FHIX plan in new mailers

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Conservative political group Americans for Prosperity-Florida told FloridaPolitics.com Thursday afternoon that it will target legislators supportive of a FHIX-style healthcare expansion plan with a new mail piece portraying the ongoing Senate-driven negotiations as a “game.” The mailers feature the number to Senate President Andy Gardiner‘s district office in Orlando and exhorts recipients to “Tell Andy Gardiner we’re done playing the Health Care game.” “We want real reforms, not more ObamaCare Medicaid expansion,” the piece proclaims. “While the Senate continues to negotiate with…

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