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Proposal would overhaul arcane cosmetics manufacturing rules

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To many businesses and consumers alike, Tallahassee is known for a laissez-faire approach to industry, where low taxes and a light regulatory touch spring eternal. Not so when it comes to manufacturing cosmetics, where state regulators have thrown the proverbial book at firms which have failed to comply with unusually strict mandates. Industry advocates say the state’s regulatory regime when it comes to cosmetic products – including an biennial registry and permitting process on every product, complete with fees –…

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Florida ranked No. 8 state for contractors

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Florida is the eighth best state for contractors to do business according to a ranking released Wednesday by Associated Builders and Contractors. The Merit Shop Scorecard grades states on project labor agreements, wage mandates, job growth rates, the use of public-private partnerships and whether or not they have “right to work” laws on the books, among other metrics. Florida outperformed national averages in all categories, including scoring an “A” grade in wages, right to work status and the use of public-private partnerships. “ABC applauds…

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Enterprise Florida buys radio ads ahead of Rick Scott California visit

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Florida’s business-recruiter-in-chief is stepping up a media campaign in advance of a California job-hunting expedition. Enterprise Florida began running radio commercials Thursday touting Florida’s perfect business climate in advance of Gov. Rick Scott’s trade delegation to California April 12 -13. “California has the nation’s highest personal income tax, the highest state sales tax, and one of the highest gas taxes,” says the “breaking news” style commercial announcer.  “If you are wanting to relocate and expand your business, look no further…

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