Best of Florida Stories Part 1
What does a paintbrush, a park and a bicycle all have in common? Find out this week on Florida Matters as co-host Larry Elliston brings us a collection of Florida Stories that will inspire you to look at things in a new way.
Lawmakers used federal stimulus money and a variety of increased fees to support a $66.5 billion spending plan for next year. But they failed to pass any significant tax reforms. This week, we look back at the annual legislative session and talk about what was done and what was left unfinished.
Listen to Rep. Ambler and Sen. Justice talk about the primary contest between Gov. Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio. Both men hope to be the Republican candidate in the race to replace Mel Martinez in the U.S. Senate. (2:11)
Listen to Justice and Ambler discuss the failed proposal to ease restrictions on K-12 class size because of the tight budget. (3:54)
Listen to Ambler describe two ways he thinks lawmakers could reform the tax system, including re-evaluating the state’s pension system. (5:03)
Listen to Ambler describe a conversation he had at the beginning of the session with the Senate finance chair in an attempt to work on better collection of tax revenues owed to the state. (1:50)
Listen to Tom Lee explain why he thinks recovering from this down economy will take years and how consumers' behavior has changed because of the recession. (1:41)
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Listen to Lee compare Gov. Charlie Crist's leadership style with that of former Gov. Jeb Bush. (1:01)
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