The biggest thorn in the side of the public financing of Marlins Park was billionaire Norman Braman. With the Dolphins now asking for public money to help renovate Sun Life Stadium, Braman is back to fight against the new stadium deal.
State officials have given up trying to collect more than a million dollars in taxes, fees and fines that are owed.
Proof that Florida’s economy is recovering the recession: state tax collections are up, and Florida economists are predicting that tax revenue will continue to grow over the next three years.
At the Broward County Convention Center Monday, the third floor was jammed with unemployed school teachers looking to win a job in the school district. Some 2,000 applied for 300 positions that are opening up.
With support eroding for a new privately built and operated federal detention center in Southwest Ranches, the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced late Friday that it was abandoning plans for the center, a victory for opponents and a blow to those who saw it as a source of tax revenue and jobs.
As the fight over proposed destination casinos hits the state legislature; preliminary estimates from the state say the move could bring in more than $100 million to the state in the first year.
The state government is expected to face another shortfall over the next two years ranging from $1.3 to $1.7 billion according to state economists.