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  • Florida unemployment rate ticks up slightly Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    However, Florida led the nation with the addition of 22,900 jobs in March. Unemployment in some of the state's larger counties was static, as rates in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Duval counties remained unchanged.

  • Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Floridians who rely on Internet giant Amazon.com will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. A spokesman for the Seattle- based company confirmed Wednesday that Amazon will collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on May 1.

  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. The political world likely will be focused on Florida in November for clues about the turnout potential among young voters of pot on the ballot.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan 27- Florida voters will decide in November whether to legalize medical marijuana after the state Supreme Court on Monday approved an initiative to put the measure on the ballot.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan 15- U.S. Department of Labor officials will travel to Florida to investigate the state's troubled unemployment compensation website following criticism it is failing to get jobless benefits to laid-off workers, an official said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 7- President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets "we weren't as clear as we needed to be" about the reforms of his landmark healthcare restructuring.

  • The new geography of American prosperity Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 10:12 AM ET
    Meredith Whitney

    The reality today is that all things are not equal among states. Americans migrate toward job growth, and job growth in some states is undeniably outpacing job growth in others.

  • Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told CNBC he hopes for a five times return in five years for the $19 million of incentives given to Hertz to relocate its headquarters from New Jersey.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • Florida has 8.7 percent unemployment in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in September, a slight improvement from the previous two months and the final state job numbers available to voters before Election Day. Florida unemployment was 8. 8 percent in July and August. "These numbers tell us two things," Florida Gov.

  • Fla. gov troubled by firings at property insurer Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- A move by Florida's largest property insurer to dismiss employees responsible for investigating wrongdoing drew criticism Thursday from Gov.

  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

  • Cut Taxes to Boost US Economy: Florida Governor Scott Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET
    Tampa, Florida

    Republican Florida governor Rick Scott tells CNBC the Federal government should take cues from Florida's lower taxes and streamlined regulations  if it wants to jump start job creation.

  • Gov. Scott's Economic Forecast     Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    Gov. Rick Scott, Governor, (R-FL), discusses the tax tussle in Washington, and why "government has got to get smaller."

  • Gov. Scott's Sunshine Economics     Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:15 AM ET

    Gov. Rick Scott, (R-FL), discusses his state's strategy for creating jobs and decreasing unemployment.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct 10- In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. The governor's office was alerted by a public radio station in Tampa, WUSF, which was monitoring the cabinet meeting and posted the number on its website.

  • Fla. gov. says state needs more water from Georgia Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:21 PM ET

    EASTPOINT, Fla.-- Florida's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive, including getting more fresh water into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday in pledging to try to help.

  • Fla. gov. trying to save dying oyster industry Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    Rick Scott says the state's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive. He says that includes getting more fresh water coming into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia. Florida has battled for years over the amount of water coming downstream from Georgia.

  • Fla.'s pension fund underfunded by $19.2 billion Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's massive retirement fund now has a $19.2 billion gap between the amount of money it has and the amount of money it needs to cover all current and future benefits. The size of the gap is still within a range considered healthy by many financial experts, but it could still fuel a political debate in the Florida Legislature.

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