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Florida’s unemployment lowest among nation’s most populated states

(The Center Square) — According to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida has a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.8% and ranks 14th overall, sharing a spot with Kansas and Hawaii. Of the five largest states by population — California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania — Florida has the lowest...

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Register for 2025 CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan public meeting

The 2025 Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) Team will be holding a virtual public meeting Oct. 13, 2023, from 9-11 a.m. The 2025 CFWI RWSP is the second five-year update to the 2015 CFWI RWSP and is a collaborative effort between the St. Johns, Southwest and South Florida water management...

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DeSantis announces implementation of Florida’s Prescription Drug Reform Act

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis and members of the Florida Cabinet approved rules to implement several provisions of the Prescription Drug Reform Act (SB 1550). The rules approved increase accountability among pharmaceutical middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). As signed by the Governor earlier this year, SB 1550 institutes the most comprehensive reforms to Florida’s...

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Report: Rays will get $600M in public funds for new $1.2B stadium

(The Center Square) – The Tampa Bay Rays will reportedly announce plans Tuesday for a new $1.2 billion domed stadium that could cost up to $600 million in public funds. The domed stadium would have 30,000 seats, be located near Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg’s 86-acre Historic Gas Plant District and be ready to open...

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Florida enrollment in Medicaid continues recent decline

(The Center Square) — Florida’s Medicaid enrollment continue to decline, according to recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on health policy, research and polling. According to data from the Medicaid Enrollment and Unwinding Tracker, the number of people on Medicaid in the Sunshine State declined 7% from April to July,...

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Updates for Florida policyholders following Hurricane Idalia

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis provided updates for Florida policyholders following Hurricane Idalia, including the issuance of an emergency order by the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) to protect policyholders impacted by the storm. Additional announcements include the approval of a fifth property insurer since March and the approval of 202,399 additional takeout requests...

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Extended Florida red snapper season starts on Labor Day weekend

(The Center Square) — An extension of Florida’s red snapper season begins Labor Day weekend and could be one of the longest since the state took over management of the tasty game fish. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Aug. 11 that the red snapper season would be extended by 17 days to 87 days, according...

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Florida bill could give residents $1.2B in tax relief

(The Center Square) — The Florida Legislature could be poised to pass a massive $1.2 billion tax package bill that would give residents both permanent and temporary relief Senate Bill 7062 is a tax package that incorporates the tax cut proposals by Gov. Ron DeSantis that could provide Floridians with more over $3 billion in...