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Jeff Brandes bills keep Enterprise Florida, but with tight leash

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes‘s new economic development proposal would continue operations of the embattled Enterprise Florida and state Department of Economic Opportunity, but on tight leashes. Senate Bills 1110 and 1112 spell out a new way of doing business for two of Florida’s major economic development programs that have been under fire for accountability, particularly through their spending and penchants for luring out-of-state business with incentives in cases that go awry. Brandes’s bills focus more on fostering small businesses and startups already…

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In 2016 campaign, both parties want reform in justice system

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On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago. The 2016 presidential race has accelerated an evolution away from the traditional tough-on-crime candidate. A Republican Party that’s long taken a law-and-order stance finds itself desperate to improve its standing among minority voters, and Democratic candidates are also being drawn into national conversations on policing, drug crimes and prison costs. With…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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Miami Herald – Healthcare fix hurts small business: Lawmakers are racing to complete a bill that improves the nation’s healthcare system before the momentum for reform runs out. The need for this legislation is clear, as is the need to move quickly. But reform should not place an unfair burden on one of the most vital and endangered sectors of our economy — small business. Orlando Sentinel – It’s time to get NASA’s groove back: Today it’s hard to imagine…

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