Florida Housing Will Conduct Housing Needs Assessment Across the Sunshine State

Florida Housing has established a state-level advisory committee to assist staff and the research partners at the Corporation for Supportive Housing to fully develop the household characteristics and housing needs to be assessed, as well as the research approach and methodology.

John Rutherford Backs Effort to Update Sprinkler Systems in Public Housing

“The Public Housing Fire Safety Act would create a program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide grants to public housing authorities that wish to retrofit older high-rise apartments. Additionally, it would collect data on the status of sprinkler installations and submit a report to Congress on the presence of automatic sprinkler systems in public housing, with recommendations to improve fire safety,” Rutherford’s office noted.
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House Passes Doris Matsui’s, Gus Bilirakis’ Emergency Reporting Act

The bill “will that will improve the resiliency of communications networks during emergencies.”

Tom Vilsack: USDA Sending $14.3 Million to Help Rural Infrastructure in Florida

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec. Tom Vilsack and Acting State Director for Rural Development Jason Brower for Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands...

House Committee Passes BrIan Mast’s Northern Estuaries Restoration Plan, $100 Million for Estuary Protection

This week, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., advanced seven pieces of legislation to address water quality and water infrastructure needs in Florida as part...

Former Congressman Steve Southerland Stands Up for North Florida

Southerland, now the chairman of Stand Up North Florida which defines itself as a “grassroots coalition that was formed to advocate for equitable allocation of resources to the region,” spoke before the state Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government on Tuesday about the region’s economic and environmental needs.
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Letter to the Editor: Facts about the PFC

The recent column “Florida Infrastructure Could Be Paid for By Airline Passengers” overlooks several important facts about increasing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) or airport tax.

Ron DeSantis: Florida Job Growth Grant Fund Sending $4 Million to Help Orlando Melbourne...

“The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and chosen by the governor to help meet workforce or infrastructure needs in the community to which they are awarded,” the governor’s office noted. 
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Ron DeSantis, Casey DeSantis Announce Almost $3.5 Million for Gadsden County

The governor said more than $2.2 million from the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program will be sent to the county to repair two bridges. The bulk of those funds--almost $1.6 million-- will go to repair the Hutchinson Ferry Bridge that collapsed in September while $676,750 will be used to repair the Little River Bridge.

FEMA Sending Almost $5 Million to Florida to Help Hurricane Michael Recovery

Mexico Beach is receiving $1,775,746 reimbursement for repairs to the bridge at the Salt Creek Crossing, which provides access to the city marina, and strengthening the structure to reduce damage from future storms.

Neal Dunn Takes a Seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Dunn, a doctor based out of Panama City, served on the U.S. House Agriculture and the Veterans Affairs Committees during his first two terms. 

Lois Frankel Wants a Monument in the Capitol Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Frankel’s proposal has the support of her fellow leaders of the DWC including U.S. Reps. Veronica Escobar, D-Tex., Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif. U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., is also backing the bill. Over in the upper chamber, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is championing the companion bill.