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Donald Trump unveils tax plan that would lower taxes for millions

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday proposed eliminating income taxes for millions of Americans, and lower rates for the highest-income earners, as part of a plan he said would grow the U.S. economy at a pace not seen in years. Trump’s plan for an overhaul of the U.S. tax code would eliminate federal income taxes on individuals earning less than $25,000 and married couples earning less than $50,000. He said those individuals would receive “a new one page form…

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Floridians remain positive about economy, consumer confidence best in decade

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Floridians are feeling good about the economy’s future. The best in a decade, in fact. Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in March by more than 3 points to 96.8, the highest reading in 10 years, according to the monthly University of Florida survey. Sentiment increased in all five components that make up the index. “Florida consumers are particularly optimistic about the future,” said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “The…

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Dan Gelber: The State of the State Floridians should hear

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Here is the State of the State that Gov. Rick Scott ought to deliver and, more importantly, that Floridians deserve to hear. Thank you Mr. Speaker. It is traditional for the governor to begin this speech with an unequivocal declaration that the state of our state is strong. The state of our state is strong, but mostly for a select few. For the one in four Florida children living in poverty today, the state of our state is fragile. Nor…

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Why Charlie Crist now leads Florida Senate race

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Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is now leading in polls against Republican Marco Rubio for the 2010 Florida Senate race, where Crist will run as an independent. Crist’s break with his party was seen as a sign that the GOP’s hard-line conservatives were growing in power over the moderate wing of the party. A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Crist with 42 percent support, giving Rubio 31 percent and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek 14 percent. After months…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update on what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” from the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up to…

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Jeb Bush pens op-ed for Atlanta Journal Constitution defending philosophy on education

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I wonder why none of the Florida’s papers reprint Jeb’s op-ed, which originally appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, defending his philosophy on education reform.  An excerpt: Right now, the No. 1 issue facing America’s governors is the economy. In the short term, the focus, rightly, is on creating jobs and spurring growth to get our economy back on track. But nothing matters more to our long-term economic health and stability than the quality of education in classrooms today. The challenges are clear. The high-wage jobs…

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