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Children’s Forum launches campaign to boost child care, intervention services

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Child advocacy group the Children’s Forum announced a new campaign Tuesday to raise awareness for issues facing Florida youngsters. The “#becausekidscantwait” campaign aims to increase funding for services that reach children in the first five years of their lives, which studies show is the most important time in a child’s development. The group also cited economic projections showing each dollar spent on early learning programs can save up to $17 in government spending later in an individual’s life. “The first…

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Report: Floridians spend more in 2014 as economy improves

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New data shows Floridians spent more in 2014 as the economy improved. The Sun Sentinel reports statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Florida outpaced the nation’s annual increase in personal consumption – 4.9 percent compared to 4.2 percent. The increase in spending stems from many factors including more discretionary income from heightened economic activity and lower gasoline prices. The bureau also reports that goods and services produced in Florida increased 2.7 percent last year compared…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state coffers…

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Rep. Janet Long’s bill to boost tax haul for rooms booked online meets stiff resistance

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  When the PriceLine Negotiator or the Roaming Gnome gets you a good deal on a hotel room, he’s paying less in hotel room taxes than you would be if you booked the room yourself. Counties and some in the Legislature say that should change because of the tax money that’s being left on the table. But a bill (which I track using LobbyTools) to clarify that online rooms should result in the same amount of taxes going to state…

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