On average, 30 percent of the energy used by Florida’s commercial buildings is wasted. If energy were used more intelligently and responsibly, our state’s businesses could reduce this waste and save significant sums of money from the costs associated with it.
Brown will start her new duties on Monday. She replaces former Sec. Halsey Beshears who resigned from that post due to health reasons last month.
The total number of residential disconnections by Florida’s utilities has continued to rise in recent months. Since August, the six utility companies have disconnected more than 330,000 Florida families.
“Currently, Florida has $2 billion in Unclaimed Property and CFO Patronis is on a mission to return every last cent back to its rightful owners. Since CFO Patronis took office in 2017, he has returned more than $1 billion back to Floridians,” the state CFO’s office noted this week.
Patronis said on Tuesday that the state’s general fund has earned $41.25 million from the interest on funds from the CARES Act, the $2.3 trillion coronavirus package that the White House and Congress agreed to at the end of March.
A real estate broker and developer, La Rosa was first elected to the state House back in 2012, serving on the Government Efficiency Task Force in 2014 and currently leading the House Commerce Committee. After representing parts of Osceola and Polk Counties for eight years in Tallahassee, La Rosa was facing term limits in November
On Tuesday, Patronis said that the Division of Unclaimed Property returned almost $43 million to Floridians last month, a new record for the office. Patronis noted that more than $151 million has been returned to Floridians during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced a record-breaking $1 billion has been returned to Floridians in unclaimed property since he took office in 2017.
The CFO’s office noted Patronis “is working with stakeholders to craft legislation that will head-off frivolous lawsuits in order to protect Florida’s economy and get Florida back to work.”
DEF reported costs of $171.3 million, including interest. With the PSC’s approval, a monthly residential 1,000-kilowatt-hour customer bill will increase $5.34—effective March 2020 through February 2021.
The public is invited to attend the workshops and comment on the 813 area code plans. Several proposals for relief will be discussed, including the “all-services overlay” plan and “boundary elimination overlay” plan. The “all-services overlay” plan would assign an additional area code to the same geographic region as the existing 813 area code.