Tuesday, February 19, 2019
On Monday, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson called for general contractors to assist the “Rebuild Florida” program which is a “long-term recovery effort to repair and rebuild thousands of homes of Florida families that were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.”
Dunn wrote Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the matter on Friday, noting that “Amazon’s HQ2 will bring 25,000 jobs and economic opportunity to a new city” and hoping Florida can benefit from New York’s loss. 
Waltz expressed concerns about falling behind in the space race. 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is doubling down in his efforts to push back against the communist regime in China. Last week, Rubio, who sits on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, teamed up with U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto,...
Frankel made the announcement that the funds were included in the federal budget that Congress passed to avoid another government shutdown. 
A heavy favorite to win reelection, Gelber showcased his accomplishments as mayor, including creating an inspector general’s office for the city, passing a GO Bond program to help more than 50 capital projects, education reform, expanding city trolleys and adding police officers to every public school.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the new chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, convened a hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” with U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon testifying.
The “U.S. Metropolitan Area Economic Freedom Index” uses nine different measures of state and local government policies across three broad areas (taxes, spending, and labor market restrictions) to produce an overall score for each of the nation’s 382 large metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
Clay County School Board is creating its own police force, Florida has the potential to become the biggest medical marijuana market in the nation by 2021 and the Florida Education Association gives some support to Governor Ron Desantis' teacher pay proposal.
While fewer people might be celebrating Valentine’s Day later this week, the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) noted that the average American will be spending $162 for the holiday.