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Gambling money still going into GR, DBPR says

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida‘s gambling revenue share payments are continuing to go into the state’s General Revenue Fund, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said on Wednesday. The department, which oversees gambling, clarified its previous statements this week on how the money is handled. The tribe is seeking to extend a compact with the state to offer exclusively offer blackjack in return for a cut of that revenue, even though a federal judge ruled the state broke the original deal and the tribe can…

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Rick Scott boosts state spending in fight against Zika

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Gov. Rick Scott has injected another $10 million in state money into the fight to contain Zika, voicing frustration at Washington’s failure to act. Fresh off meetings with congressional leaders in the nation’s capital, Scott told reporters in Fort Myers, “It’s hard to believe they’re not focused on this. We’ve got to take care of our pregnant women and their babies.” Scott used his emergency executive authority to shift the money from Florida’s General Revenue Fund into the Zika program.…

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State economists start refining revenue estimate for 2017-18 budget

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State economists began crunching the numbers Monday morning as they work up how much money the state will have to craft the next yearly budget. The Revenue Estimating Conference, made up of Governor’s Office and legislative forecasters, met to suss out income for the General Revenue Fund. Their prognosis is only 0.2 percent off the previous estimate, the closest in five years, buoyed largely by overage in certain collections, like corporate taxes. As reported last week, so far there is…

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Campaign finance laws can help or hinder candidates switching races

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Because of differences between federal and state campaign finance laws, MikeHaridopolos can use money left over from his failed U.S. Senate bid to run for state Senate, but Matt Gaetz, who switched from a state Senate seat to a congressional effort, is out of luck. Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican and former Senate President, is mulling a run for Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a term-limited Rockledge Republican. Haridopolos also ran to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in…

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