State News in Review – June 2019

Top Stories Governor Ron DeSantis signed a record $91 billion budget and a controversial guns-in-classrooms bill. Florida won’t aid the 2020 Census count. Cheaper prescription drugs from Canada could be heading Florida’s way. Supreme Court’s ruling on gerrymandering doesn’t directly affect Florida. For those stories and more news for Collier voters, read on … But first, Here are … Continue reading State News in Review – June 2019

State News in Review – May 2019

As I wrote in my May 12 post, Florida’s 60-day annual Legislative Session ended on May 4. Since then, much of the news about state government were stories explaining or editorializing about the Legislature’s actions. This Month-in-Review post includes some of those, as well as more business-as-usual topics. Some of the top stories: Will Florida … Continue reading State News in Review – May 2019

Recapping Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session

Legislators fulfilled their sole constitutional responsibility — passing a balanced budget — last Saturday, May 4, one day later than scheduled. It came in at $91.1 billion, up 2 percent from last year’s $89.3 billion, and set another Florida record. Assuming few line-item vetoes by the Governor, 2019-20 will be the eighth year in a … Continue reading Recapping Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session

State News in Review – April 2019

The Florida Legislature is expected to wrap up its 2019 session this weekend, so I’ll save those highlights for next week. In this Month in Review, I’ll focus on where our elected Governor, Cabinet, and congressional representatives have been focusing their attention. It's a good opportunity to see if their priorities and values align with … Continue reading State News in Review – April 2019

State News in Review – February 2019

In the past month, our Florida government began gearing up in earnest for the 60-day Legislative Session that begins next week. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his first budget proposal, announced an executive order to implement school security measures, and made clear his support for alternatives to traditional public schools, among other noteworthy actions ... Cabinet members … Continue reading State News in Review – February 2019

State News in Review – January 2019

In the weeks since their swearing-in ceremonies, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner of Agriculture (COA) Nikki Fried, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General (AG) Ashley Moody announced some pretty dramatic initial initiatives — DeSantis in particular.And from Washington, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and newly-elected Rick Scott, and re-elected U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney and … Continue reading State News in Review – January 2019

State News in Review – December 2018

News in the weeks since the November elections has been filled with stories related to the transition. While Collier’s legislative delegation is largely unchanged, the new Governor, Cabinet members, and House and Senate leaders have new priorities. The news highlighted in this post provides a good indication of what to expect in the Legislative Session … Continue reading State News in Review – December 2018

State News in Review – November 2018

With the elections behind us, the transfer of power has begun. In this post, I’ll start with some transition-related news, then turn to the ongoing business of government.Long-time readers may notice a few changes in this month’s State News in Review, and I plan to continue them going forward. I now include in the post:News about … Continue reading State News in Review – November 2018

State News in Review – October 2018

Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day! The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You may vote only at your assigned precinct based on your legal residence. Use the Collier Supervisor of Elections’ Precinct Finder or call (239) 252-VOTE.With elections top-of-mind, I’ll begin with the latest on voter turnout and campaign finance … Continue reading State News in Review – October 2018