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12 Dec 2018

Capital Report

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WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians. Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings). During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

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    Taxwatch Report: Florida Should Consider Reviving Film Tax Incentives

    Florida’s share of film and television productions is waning as the state no longer offers tax credits for the industry. A new analysis finds Florida lawmakers may have good reason to reconsider those incentives. The HBO series “Ballers” starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was filmed in South Florida for its first two seasons. Then it moved to California – after Florida’s film tax credit program ended in 2016. The show is still going strong, now working on its fifth season.

  • Posted on 10 Dec 2018

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    Capital Report: 12-07-2018

    Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has chosen fellow Republican and Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran to head the State Department of Education. Ryan Dailey reports Florida’s Board of Education will vote on whether or not Corcoran gets the job later this month. Select felons who’ve completed their sentence will be eligible to vote come January 8 th. At least, that’s what the state’s voters approved when they overwhelmingly passed Amendment 4 back in November. As Blaise Gainey reports Elections officials met this week to discuss how to add the roughly 1.5 million extra voters to the list. Lawmakers and gun rights advocates are squabbling over who should have control of Florida’s concealed weapons permits. Internal reports from the Agriculture Department and an official review have highlighted problems with the current system. Shawn Mulcahy reports. Two months after Hurricane Michael slammed into North Florida levelling communities from the coast to South Georgia, areas continue the

  • Posted on 08 Dec 2018

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    Capital Report: 11-30-2018

    A new front in the ongoing battle between Everglades restoration and Florida’s sugar industry has opened up. This time, it’s over a planned water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Environmentalists are suing to block an extension of sugar leases they say could delay construction. Lynn Hatter has more. As the deadline to renew the National Flood Insurance Program looms over Congress, many are left wondering what they will do if it ends. While the NFIP is the primary source of flood insurance coverage, it is not the only provider. Robbie Gaffney has more. Two recent studies outlining the progression of climate change have some of Florida’s leaders calling for greater legislative action on the subject. Ryan Dailey reports those studies were put out by the United Nations and the U.S. Government. As outgoing U.S. Senator Bill Nelson prepares to leave office, he’s making a final push for a few of his priority issues. Regan McCarthy reports Nelson as unseated by Republican Florida Governor

  • Posted on 01 Dec 2018

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    Capital Report: 11-23-2018

    The Florida Legislature convened in Tallahassee before the Thanksgiving holiday for an organizational session. Gina Jordan reports new lawmakers were sworn in, and new leaders were installed. A new crop of leaders will make their way to Tallahassee in January. The state canvassing board has signed off on the results of a contentious election that has seen Florida’s leadership through another big change. On election night, Republican-voting strongholds in the Florida Panhandle provided Governor Rick Scott and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis the boost that led to their wins. Ryan Dailey reports a quick look at registered voter numbers in some North Florida counties doesn’t read that way on the surface. There’s plenty to catch a Floridian’s attention these days. A major storm, an election and then a recount and what’s to come next year. But as Regan McCarthy reports those hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael are hopeful as the rest of the state moves on, the Forgotten Coast won’t be

  • Posted on 24 Nov 2018

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    Florida Legislature Elects New Leaders During Organizational Session

    The Florida Legislature convened in Tallahassee before the Thanksgiving holiday for an organizational session. New lawmakers were sworn in, and new leaders were installed. Chief Justice Charles Canady administered the oath of office to senators in groups of five. Then, Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) was nominated unopposed to be the 88 th Florida Senate President. Galvano was elected to the chamber in 2012 and previously served in the Florida House.

  • Posted on 21 Nov 2018

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