Today on Context Florida: Federal judges, Tax Day, transparency and FHSAA

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Today on Context Florida: The McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court decision, according to Mark Ferrulo, erodes our democracy by allowing even more rampant influence-buying and corruption of the political process by the rich and powerful. Our federal judiciary also plays a vital role, he adds, and recent Court decisions demonstrate the need to fill empty judicial seats quickly with qualified judges.

Tax Day marked the end of one of the most stressful times of the year for small business owners and individuals alike, says Indian River County Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan. Taxes are an impediment to growth and success, she adds, because business taxes are too high and overly complicated.

Florida leads the nation in open and transparent government that is accountable to the people, writes Pensacola City Council member P.C. Wu, who is also current president of the Florida League of Cities. However, some citizens use minor technicalities in open-records laws to exploit loopholes and file frivolous lawsuits.

The Florida High School Athletic Association named eight Florida legends in the past two months into the Hall of Fame, says Associate Executive Director for Administrative Services Peggy Jones. The FHSAA is proud of the opportunity to recognize outstanding Floridians, either those beginning a life-long relationship with athletics, or reflecting on a life well spent.

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