Friday, November 24, 2017

Good Reads

Jim Kern started the Florida Trail five decades ago; he's still waiting for the Legislature finish it

Jim Kern started the Florida Trail five decades ago; he's still waiting for the Legislature finish it

Look how far you can get just by putting one foot in front of the other.Jim Kern has hiked trails all over the globe. He just got back from walking around Corsica. He's clambered across the mountains in Nepal and trekked through the jungles of Borneo...
Updated: 6 months ago
Who wins on Enterprise Florida? Money stays but Corcoran says 'it's toast'

Who wins on Enterprise Florida? Money stays but Corcoran says 'it's toast'

The budget accord between Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature's presiding officers has left some people wondering what's ahead for Enterprise Florida, the public-private partnership that was the target of a bitter feud between the govern...
Updated: 6 months ago
Budget deal includes $200M more for schools, $165M for economic development

Budget deal includes $200M more for schools, $165M for economic development

Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to sign the budget and a controversial House public education plan and come back in special session next week to inject more than $165 million into the governor’s top economic development priorities, as well as put ab...
Updated: 6 months ago
How many counties are doing better now than before recession? EFI is stumped

How many counties are doing better now than before recession? EFI is stumped

The question from Florida Chamber of Commerce chief economist Jerry Parrish seemed innocent enough for the quarterly board meeting of Enterprise Florida, the state’s business and government partnership: How many counties have more jobs now than...
Updated: 6 months ago

'Biggest winner' of session, Richard Corcoran, paid $20k to the guy who named him biggest winner

In the final days of the 2017 legislative session, as Tallahassee obsessed over whether a budget deal might happen or implode like Frank Artiles' political career, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran decided he could use some friendly P.R. Corcora...
Updated a year ago
An FAA investigation warned of 'potential tragedies.' Officials hid it from the public

An FAA investigation warned of 'potential tragedies.' Officials hid it from the public

The FAA accidentally sent the Times an entire unredacted report showing the dangers.
Updated a year ago
Born exposed to drugs, what chance did he have? One mom risked finding out

Born exposed to drugs, what chance did he have? One mom risked finding out

The boy was only two days old when his mother slipped out of the hospital. Hours later, he shuddered and convulsed, his body going into withdrawal from the opioids he had grown used to in her womb. A couple from Georgia arrived. They had supported th...
Updated a year ago
Tampa Bay area mayors to Legislature: Hands off our City Halls

Tampa Bay area mayors to Legislature: Hands off our City Halls

The Florida House of Representatives is making an unprecedented effort to seize power and local control from cities that drive the state's growth and economic development, the mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg said Monday. “I have never se...
Updated a year ago
Fact-checking Richard Corcoran on an Enterprise Florida deal with Lockheed Martin

Fact-checking Richard Corcoran on an Enterprise Florida deal with Lockheed Martin

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran told a story about Lockheed Martin as an example of how easy it is to walk back ambitious job goals prescribed in state incentive contracts. Speaking recently at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club, Corcoran ...
Updated a year ago
Small world: Enterprise Florida and Richard Corcoran's law firm

Small world: Enterprise Florida and Richard Corcoran's law firm

A priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran in this year's legislative session is abolishing Enterprise Florida, the "unreformable" taxpayer-supported program that uses state money to attract private employers that Corcoran considers a complete fai...
Updated a year ago