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Florida doesn’t need an elected Secretary of State, or Agriculture Commissioner

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It would tax the imagination to come up with anything that Florida needs less than to elect a secretary of state once again. Why would the Legislature even consider that? Sen. Aaron Bean, the sponsor, explained it the other day. As reported by FloridaPolitics.com, the Fernandina Beach Republican told the Senate ethics committee that in the main he wants a fifth position on the Cabinet to avoid tie votes that require the governor to be on the prevailing side or…

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Family of Pasco man killed by bulldozer claims reckless negligence

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A year after a 27-year-old construction worker was run over by a bulldozer, the family is suing two parties they believe were responsible for his death. Justin Smith died Oct. 7, 2015, while working at the construction site of Aura @ 4th Apartments when the bulldozer backed over him. Albert Kimball, 37, was operating the machine. Smith was at the site to move a water evacuation pump. Kimball was there for a separate task of excavating land. Smith worked for…

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House approves Kathy Castor bill promoting concrete masonry, manufacturing jobs

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The U.S. House passed a bill sponsored by Democratic Florida Rep. Kathy Castor Wednesday that would boost construction jobs and help develop better building materials. “Local manufacturers and many across Florida worked diligently with me to boost jobs in the concrete masonry industry through this legislation. If signed into law, businesses will have the ability to pool resources for research and to develop safer, more durable, and more efficient products which would be a boon for building construction,” Castor said.…

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Florida adds 16,400 jobs in July, new ADP report says

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Florida added 16,400 private sector jobs last month according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The report estimates 1,800 new jobs were added in the goods-producing sector, with the other 14,600 jobs heading to the service industry. The industry breakdown shows 5,100 jobs added in professional and business services companies, 2,800 in trade, transportation and utilities, 1,200 in manufacturing and 700 new jobs in mining and construction. The performance ties the jobs added in July 2015 and…

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Board of Education to weigh in on new rules governing Florida charter schools

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Florida’s Board of Education will examine new rules governing charter schools set by state lawmakers last Session. LobbyTools reports that the board is scheduled to meet June 21-22 at Palm Beach State College, to go over the details of HB 7029, the 160-page omnibus education bill. One potential issue is a modified rule on how charter schools can qualify for construction and capital funds. A change could allow charters to qualify for money after being open only two years, instead of three. Also.…

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Trade show for students aims to boost interest in skilled worker careers

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More and more educators, policymakers and politicians are recognizing and trumpeting the idea that not all students are college material. That’s led to an outpouring of support for vocational schools and early training in non-college careers. For kids who fit that mold, the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter along with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena are hosting the inaugural Build Tampa Bay trade show and job fair this February 2 at Amalie…

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Florida Chamber Summit forecasts state’s economy to remain strong for next three years

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Florida’s economy is expected to remain strong for the next three years, boosted by steady population growth and healthy tourism. The good economic news for the Sunshine State came through its annual financial checkup Tuesday morning at the Florida Chamber of Commerce Insurance Summit, taking place in Orlando. Providing the update was a presentation by Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida Executive Director James Zingale, who leads the company’s research and fiscal analysis division. Introducing Tuesday’s conference was Chamber CEO…

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