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Jeremy Wallace, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace covers state government and politics in Tallahassee for the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to joining the Times in 2015, he spent 15 years covering state and local politics in Florida, most recently for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He previously covered Washington, D.C., for the Boston Globe and the Detroit Free-Press. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He and his wife have three children.

Phone: (850) 224-7263

Email: jwallace@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JeremySWallace

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  1. Caught in crossfire between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran, group fights for survival

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a non-profit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

    A 187-page bill passed by the Florida House earlier this month that kills two dozen tax credits includes a clause that wipes out the Florida Defense Alliance, a mostly volunteer advocacy group created in the 1990s to work with local communities to protect the state's 20 remaining military installations, including MacDill Air Force Base....

    A flight crew boards a KC-135 R Stratotanker at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Airforce Base. [Scott Martin | Associated Press]
  2. Florida Senate shows no fear in taking on insurance industry

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    Undeterred by threats that everyone in Florida would face premium hikes, a key Florida Senate committee pressed on and voted unanimously to strip the insurance industry of a tax credit in exchange for a broader tax cut to help more businesses.

    “Baloney,” Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said after more than a half dozen insurance industry lobbyists warned that cutting their tax break would end up getting passed on to consumers everywhere....

    Florida Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami
  3. Why do Florida House Republicans keep driving money into the World Golf Hall of Fame?

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    TALLAHASSEE — Republicans in the Florida House proudly declared they were rooting out wasteful "corporate welfare" in state government to protect taxpayers.

    But while they agreed to eliminate tax credit programs for everything from the state's job recruitment agency to sports stadiums, they carved out an exception for what is considered the worst tax incentive of all.

    Tucked on page 65 of a 187-page bill is a clause that continues to award $2 million in annual tax credits to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine for the next six years. Even in their analysis to members, House Republicans called the museum the single worst bet the state is making with tax credits....

    The World Golf Hall of Fame
  4. Why do Florida House Republicans keep driving money into the World Golf Hall of Fame?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republicans in the Florida House proudly declared they were rooting out wasteful "corporate welfare" in state government to protect taxpayers.

    But while they agreed to eliminate tax credit programs for everything from the state's job recruitment agency to sports stadiums, they carved out an exception for what is considered the worst tax incentive of all.

    Tucked on page 65 of a 187-page bill is a clause that continues to award $2 million in annual tax credits to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine for the next six years. Even in their analysis to members, House Republicans called the museum the single worst bet the state is making with tax credits....

    For every $1 the state invests in the World Golf Hall of Fame it gets nothing in return, then loses an additional 8 cents.
  5. Rick Scott launches TV ad in war with House over tourism spending

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is taking to the airwaves to defend the state-funded tourism marketing programs.

    Scott is using a 30 second television ad paid for by Let's Get to Work, his political committee, to rip "Tallahassee politicians" who voted to dramatically damage Visit Florida. Last week the Florida House voted 80-35 for a bill that would dramatically cut Visit Florida's budgets and put in place new strict restrictions that Scott's administration has opposed....

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a rally in Tallahassee on Monday to warn against a House plan that he said would hurt tourism in Florida.
  6. Rick Scott to hold rally at Carlos Beruff's building near Sarasota

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    Gov. Rick Scott will have little trouble finding the location of his latest “Fighting for Florida Jobs Roundtable” near Sarasota on Thursday.

    Scott’s 9:30 a.m. stop in Manatee County will be at 1651 Whitfield Avenue, which just happens to be the same address as former U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff’s homebuilding business.

    Beruff and Scott have become tight political allies. Scott has appointed Beruff to head an informal health care cost cutting committee, publicly praised his run for the U.S. Senate against fellow Republican Marco Rubio last summer, and two weeks ago picked him to be the chairman of the powerful Constitution Revision Commission, a 37-member commission with the power to put proposals directly onto the 2018 ballot....

    Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff
  7. Travel industry groups get more aggressive in fighting Florida House

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    Travel industry interest groups are taking a more aggressive public role in fighting the Florida Legislature's proposals to dramatically cut support to state-funded travel marketing programs.

    A coalition of travel industry groups have partnered together to fund ads on the internet and a website directing supporters to talking points to counter state legislators and giving easy links to office addresses and telephone numbers of state legislators to make sure they don't follow through on threats to cut tourism spending....

    Travel industry groups have backed these ads to pressure Florida House members out of backing a bill that could hurt tourism marketing in Florida.
  8. Rick Scott adds some interesting GOP muscle to help protect Visit Florida funding

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    For well over a month, Gov. Rick Scott has been traveling the state slamming House Republicans for their attempts to cut and reform the state’s tourism marketing agency Visit Florida.

    But Tuesday was different.

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater all joined Scott at a rally on Tuesday in the Capitol aimed at fighting a House plan that would dramatically cut the state’s investment into Visit Florida. That additional political muscle - all Republicans - was a show of force illustrating just how alone the House is politically in attempting to pull back support for Visit Florida....

    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam joins Gov. Rick Scott in his defense of Visit Florida funding during a rally in Tallahassee on Tuesday.
  9. Miami Democrat picked to lead Florida House Democrats in 2018

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    Miami Democrat Kionne McGhee's improbable political rise took another step Monday.

    Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives narrowly picked McGhee, 39, to be their leader in 2018. McGhee beat out Fort Lauderdale Democrat Bobby DuBose. The final vote was 23-17. He would follow Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, who is the current Democratic Leader in the Florida House.

    "I am humbled to even have this opportunity to stand before you," McGhee said moments before the Democrats cast their ballots in a conference room in Tallahassee. "I don't take this moment likely. For those of you who know my history, you know the road that I have lived to here wasn't easy."...

    State Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami
  10. Wait, Rick Scott said what about these two Democrats?

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    It’s the kind of praise you would expect from a Democratic leader.

    “You need to call and thank Representative (Ramon) Alexander and Representative Loranne Ausley. Thank them for their vote. Because they’re thinking about the future of our state for our kids and our grandkids.”

    But that was no tried-and-true Democrat tossing that praise around. No, it was Gov. Rick Scott, a two-term Republican governor who spent a portion of an hour long stop at Danfoss Turbocor, an air conditioner compressor manufacturer in Tallahassee, praising Alexander and Ausley, both Democrats, while slamming fellow Republican and state Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello over a vote in the Florida Legislature last week. And Scott handed out that praise more than once during his speech and later with reporters during interviews....

    Gov. Rick Scott hosted a "jobs roundtable" in Tallahassee that he used to praise Democrats by name for voting against a bill to kill Enterprise Florida and another bill that he says would weaken Visit Florida.
  11. Rick Scott back on the road to call out Florida House members

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    Gov. Rick Scott is not letting up on Florida House members who voted last week to kill Enterprise Florida, the agency he has relied on to attract companies to Florida in the name of creating jobs.

    Scott this afternoon has scheduled what he has been calling a "Jobs Roundtable" with business leaders in Tallahassee to discuss the impact that killing Enterprise Florida and diminishing Visit Florida would have. Later this week he plans another stop in Sarasota to hold a similar event. And tomorrow, his office announced they will have a rally at the Florida Capitol with "tourism leaders, business owners, and community members" about the need to fully fund Visit Florida, an agency House leaders want to cut back funding for in light of controversial marketing expenses on celebrities to promote the state....

  12. Who dared to defy Gov. Rick Scott on jobs program?

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    Sixty two Republicans and 25 Democrats stood up against Gov. Rick Scott and voted to kill Enterprise Florida, the agency he has most relied to fulfill his campaign promises to create jobs.

    Scott, a Republican, has traveled the state calling on voters to pressure their members to protect the agency, ran automated phone calls against some Republicans and released videos slamming Republicans who want to kill the agency “job killers.” Still it did not stop 87 House members for voting to kill Enterprise Florida and 23 other tax incentive programs run by the state....

    Gov. Rick Scott
  13. Florida House votes to abolish one of Gov. Rick Scott's prized agencies, Enterprise Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House shrugged off political threats from Gov. Rick Scott and stuck a dagger into the heart of his political legacy on Friday.

    By an 87-28 vote, the House voted to kill Enterprise Florida, the agency Scott has relied on to hand out tax breaks to businesses in exchange for them creating jobs — a central promise in his two campaigns for governor. The House also voted 80-35 to place tough restrictions Scott opposed on Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency....

    GOP Rep. Paul Renner of Flagler County receives congratulations from Rep. Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor after the state House passed Renner’s bill to eliminate Enterprise Florida.
  14. House votes to kill Enterprise Florida despite Rick Scott's pressure

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    The Florida House voted Friday to kill the agency Gov. Rick Scott has relied on for the last six years to hand out tax credits to lure business to the Sunshine State to create jobs.

    State Rep. Paul Renner, a Republican from Flagler County, said tax credits to private businesses are "fundamentaly unfair" because the government gets to pick some companies and industries over others to receive the credits....

    State Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, answers questions about his plan to kill Enterprise Florida during a debate on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday. State Rep. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican and ardent defender of the agency, watches on.
  15. Despite Rick Scott's pressure, House readies to kill his jobs program

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    Despite unusual political pressure from Gov. Rick Scott over a period of weeks, Florida House Republicans shrugged off his stinging attacks and took a big step toward destroying his No. 1 legislative priority.

    On Thursday the Florida House started debate on a bill that would kill Enterprise Florida, the economic development agency Scott has relied on to hand out tax breaks to companies in exchange for them creating jobs in Florida. The bill is now almost certain to pass the Republican-led Florida House on Friday, a stunning act of defiance of the sitting Republican governor and his top legislative priority....

    State Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, answers questions about his plan to kill Enterprise Florida during a debate on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday. State Rep. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican and ardent defender of the agency, watches on