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Joe Negron sees ‘good progress’ toward budget deal as session enters final week

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Senate President Joe Negron held out hope Monday evening that he and House Speaker Richard Corcoran could resolve lingering disagreements about the state budget in time to present a bill Tuesday and adjourn as scheduled on Friday. “I know there was some real good progress made today on a number of issues, particularly in the environmental budget. If we work diligently through the rest of the afternoon and evening, I’m still optimistic that we can get it done,” Negron told…

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Homestead exemption expansion wins supermajority vote in Senate

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The Senate approved a proposed ballot measure Monday to raise the value of Florida’s homestead exemption, improving chances that separate legislation to expand gambling would survive the Legislative Session. The vote was 28-10, within the required three-fifths majority. House leaders, who have been reluctant to open Florida to additional gambling options, have made approval of legislation to do that contingent on passage of the homestead exemption increase. Several senators referred to those stakes, but sponsor Tom Lee maintained that the…

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House links homestead exemption increase to Senate priorities

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The fate of this year’s gambling bill is being held hostage to passage of a homestead exemption increase, sources told FloridaPolitics.com Sunday night. Publicly, lawmakers have been saying that progress on omnibus gambling legislation was taking a backseat to the 2017-18 state budget talks. The Conference Committee on Gaming hasn’t met since last Thursday. The Senate is largely for some expansion of gambling in the state; the House wants to hold the line. Behind the scenes, however, House leadership made the decision to…

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House passes increased homestead exemption measure

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Voters next year could decide whether to approve a measure that would amount to a reduction in their property tax. The House on Wednesday passed a measure (HJR 7105) on a 81-35 vote to increase the current $25,000 homestead exemption. The language “increas(es) the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $75,000 and up to $100,000,” it says. Democrats, however, warned that cutting taxes meant less money to fund critical local services like police and…

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Jeff Brandes proposes homestead exemptions to military widows new to Florida

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a bill Tuesday that would allow spouses of now-deceased veterans moving to Florida from other states to receive the Florida veteran homestead exemption. Currently, those individuals cannot take advantage of the exemption. Senate Bill 804 would change that. “As a combat veteran I have seen firsthand the incredible sacrifice spouses make when their husband or wife is deployed overseas,” Brandes said. “Extending this property tax benefit to surviving spouses is a small acknowledgment of those sacrifices…

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Something about congressional candidate Eric Lynn doesn’t add up

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After yesterday’s historic redistricting ruling, I started thinking more about the possible candidates who might run in a redrawn Congressional District 13. Right now, the Democrats only have one official candidate: Eric Lynn. But something about Lynn doesn’t add up. Despite having enough wealth to afford $1.3 million in real estate assets, including a $700,000 townhome in DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., and a 2,500-square-foot home in Rockville, Md., assessed at $590,467, Lynn still chose to douse his Congressional campaign in…

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Video: Pam Bondi becomes ‘a deer in the headlights’ when asked about her vote on 2008’s Amendment 1

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Until yesterday, I believed Pam Bondi was the GOP’s best choice for Attorney General.  But her performance at the Tiger Bay has me — and anyone else who was in the room — questioning her capacity to even do the job.  Just watch her answer to the first question of the debate: Question: I would like to know did you vote for or against Amendment 1 in January of 2008? Bondi: Can you tell us what Amendment 1 was? Question:…

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