Gov. Rick Scott

5:27 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Gov. Scott Still Wants Tax Cuts, School-Funding Increase

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:05 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott resumed his push Wednesday for a massive tax-cut package and a “historic” increase in school funding, downplaying a call for agency heads to prepare for a bare-bones budget.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll have a good special session,” Scott said when asked about the state having to scale down to its critical needs if lawmakers fail to hammer out a budget before July 1.

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3:44 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Evangelical Group Seeks Action On Climate Change In Florida

NASA says the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets contain three-quarters of earth’s fresh water. A total melting of those ice sheets would raise the sea level by approximately 250 feet.
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The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) has taken up the cause of climate change in Florida. The national group claims 600,000 members or supporters around the country with more than 100,000 of them in Florida. It's funded by donations and grants.

EEN is part of the Floridians for Solar Choice coalition, which is pushing a constitutional amendment that would allow Floridians to buy electricity directly from someone other than a utility company.

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7:13 am
Wed May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott Calls For Continuation Budget, Irks State Lawmakers

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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8:05 am
Fri April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015: Gov. Rick Scott Talks Tax Cuts, Hospital Spending

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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1:42 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Florida Roundup: An Eye On Cuba And Florida's Health Care

On the Florida Roundup, we discuss the week's news with the area's top journalists. Here's a quick recap of the issues we'll discuss on the show.

U.S. And Cuba Relations

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Health Care
5:36 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Medicaid Dispute Still Threatens On-Time Legislative Adjournment

An undated photo of the House chamber in the state capitol.
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Unionized medical staff from Jackson Health System taunted Governor Rick Scott in the capitol rotunda over his opposition to expanding Medicaid.

Democratic Senator Oscar Braynon of Broward County joined them to say the governor's intransigence would have consequences.

"In theory we may lose our public hospitals, in theory people may not get health coverage, in theory people will actually die as a result of this," Braynon said.

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1:58 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

State Environmental Official Utters "Climate Change" Repeatedly In Senate Committee

Sept. 21, 2013 - Activists on Miami Beach protest the state's lack of plans to deal with sea level rise caused by climate change.

Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words "climate change," top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Steverson, who was appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott as secretary of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, told the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee his agency has no policy against "climate change."

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11:57 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott To Sue Feds Over Hospital Funding, Medicaid Expansion

An undated photo of Gov. Rick Scott.
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid, his office said Thursday.

"It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare," Scott said in a statement.

The announcement is but the latest round in an ongoing spat between Scott and the feds.

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3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and 'Dreamers,' Scott on Medicaid

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Now that Sen. Marco Rubio is officially running for president, he's already being hit with a barrage of attack ads. One of them says he tried to deport so-called "dreamers."  We talk about that - and whether Gov. Rick Scott is taking both sides of the Medicaid debate - with PolitiFact Florida's Josh Gillen.

On the day Sen. Marco Rubio announced his presidential campaign, opponents wasted little time attacking his record.

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5:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Florida Cabinet Approves Land Sale For Nation's Biggest Mall

Developer Triple Five plans to call its newest mall American Dream Miami.
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Miami-Dade County is about to acquire 82 acres of state land that could one day be the site of the largest mall in America. 

The vacant land is just west of Miami Lakes in an area surrounded by the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 75 and Northwest 170 Street. That’s where development company Triple Five wants to build a combination shopping mall and entertainment complex that would supplant its other big property, the Mall of America in Minneapolis, as the largest mall in the nation.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:57 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rick Scott Says Feds Can't Be Trusted To Pay For Medicaid

Credit Abe Aboraya / WMFE

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stopped shy of saying he would veto an expansion to Medicaid.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando this week, Scott said the federal government can’t be trusted to pay for Medicaid.

But when pressed, he stopped short of saying he would veto an expansion to the health insurance program for the poor.

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12:46 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Seminole Tribe Looks For Opening In Gambling Talks

Florida's compact with the Seminole Indians gives them exclusive rights to operate banked card games at seven of the tribe's casinos.
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THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, March 18, 2015…… In the latest hand in a public game of poker between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, tribal leaders provided a glimpse Wednesday into behind-the-scenes negotiations --- or lack of negotiations --- on renewing a lucrative part of a $1 billion gambling deal with the state.

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6:52 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015: Fallout Continues After Investigation Into Scott's Climate Change 'ban'

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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1:42 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Florida, Officials Ban Term "Climate Change"

Jim Harper, formerly DEP: We were told not to use the term climate change.
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The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.

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4:15 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

PolitiFact: Scott's Promises Worth Watching

PolitiFact Florida's "Scott-O-Meter" tracks the promises of Gov. Rick Scott

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 12:31 pm

With Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State Address and the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session both taking place this past Tuesday, the promises coming out of Tallahassee are going under PolitiFact Florida's microscope.

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