Public Finance

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Encyclopedia of Medical Marijuana Laws: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    Everything you always wanted to know (but were too stoned to ask) about medical marijuana laws and marijuana use in the US of A is now available in a report from the good folks at a Florida official body called the Financial Impact Estimating Conference. For a government publication, it's a juicy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Rick Scott Is Not Happy About the End of the Government Shutdown

    Both parties finally agreed that it's enough already with the government shutdown and passed a short-term budget deal Wednesday to curb all the stupid. But, never one to disappoint in his ridiculousness, our very own governor, Rick Scott, is none too pleased with this. Because of Tea Party reasons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Florida Tourists Defy Government Shutdown, Jump Park Gate

    Tourists visiting Florida decided that the government shutdown is dumb and decided to show their defiance by jumping the fence that closed off the Castillo de San Marcos fort in St. Augustine. Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. So, since it's a natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Free Sam's Club Membership for Military Until Shutdown is Over

    Just because the U.S. military remains on high alert during the government shutdown, it doesn't mean they are less affected by it. Essential services for them -- including commissaries -- have been cut off until Congress gets its act together, putting a real crimp in military family budgets. The co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Florida Obamacare Premiums Are Plentiful, Affordable, According to Reports

    With all the hootin' and hollerin' about Obamacare, and the GOPers holding fillabustery things, and Rick Scott writing letters to Congress to make it all stop, there's this: According to a thing called "reading," Florida is at the top of the list in the U.S. in terms of the amount of choices Obamaca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    No Sales Tax This Weekend! (On Clothes, Computers, iPads, More)

    iPad, here we come! OK, so you'll still be charged sales tax on certain things, but if you're in the market for back-to-school stuff, clothing, or a computer, you're in luck. Throughout Florida, sales tax is being waived from 12:01 a.m. this Friday until midnight Sunday, August 4. The more you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    The Entire State of Florida Is Going to Jail For Tax Evasion

    Monday is the last day to file your taxes. Have you filed them? Probably not. Because, according to a report, Floridians are filing slower than usual this year. This could be a mistake, Plantation spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, Mike Dobzinski says. Because last-minute crunch-time filin ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    February 12, 2013

    Marco Rubio to Say a Whole Lotta Nothing Tonight

    As we told you last week, Marco Rubio will be performing the GOP Feats! Of! Strength! as he delivers the State of the Union address response tonight. And, in a shocking twist, he plans on painting President Obama as a Big Government Spender Who Is Just a Socialist Spending Guy Who Spends Big Agenda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Give Floridians a Break, According to Report

    Remember when the House voted for a fiscal cliff bill way back when three days ago? Sure, this might mean some money being taken from your paychecks. But according to a Sun Sentinel report, Florida is one of the big winners in the whole fiscal cliff bill thing. According to the report, Florida ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Marco Rubio Voted No on Fiscal Cliff Bill

    On the first ay of the brand new year, the House voted 257-167 to approve the Senate bill that would avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts and keep us all from falling over the so-called "fiscal cliff," which would've been a terrible way to start 2013. The GOPers wanted to amend the Senate's bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Mandy Dawson Gets Six Months for Tax Evasion

    Though former Fort Lauderdale legislator Mandy Dawson said in April that "no different than any other person walking the streets of America" with tax problems, she's certainly different from people walking the streets now: She'll be locked up.Dawson was sentenced to six months in prison today a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Allen West Not Paying Payroll Taxes on Campaign Workers

    Congressman Allen West's campaign isn't paying its taxes.The question, however, is if it owes any. A review of campaign finance disclosure documents shows West has spent well over $300,000 since the beginning of 2012 on consulting, staffers, and costs directly associated with his staff. But, while D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Broward Woman Steals Identities of Active U.S. Marines, Nearly Scams $50K

    As far as identity thieves go, Coral Springs resident Dorothy Boulin is among the scummiest.Last week, Boulin was sentenced to five years in prison and three years probation for running a scam that pilfered the social security numbers of U.S. Marines and filed fraudulent tax claims in their names.Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    West Palm Beach Cracks Down on Food Trucks

    ​It seems that the honeymoon phase between the City of West Palm Beach and food trucks is coming to an end. Palm Beach County is behind Miami in food trucks, but certain owners, most notably the Fire Within and Curbside Gourmet, have risen to the challenge of bringing the mobile eateries to the no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Mandy Dawson to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion as Soon as She Figures Out How Much She Evaded

    ​Former Fort Lauderdale state Sen. Mandy Dawson will plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion and three counts of failure to file a tax return, according to documents filed yesterday in federal court. She faces up to 13 years in prison.Dawson was indicted last year after authorities say she faile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Seven People Charged in Tax Fraud Case Based on Secret Bank-Account Conspiracy Theory​Get this: The government creates a secret bank account for every person issued a birth certificate in the United States -- and has been doing so since the enactment of the 1936 Social Security Act -- that holds $630,000. Through a series of IRS filings, people can become entitl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Two of South Florida's Fortune 500 Companies Land on List of "Corporate Tax Dodgers"

    Good one, Mr. Moneybags.​Out of the five Fortune 500 companies based in South Florida, two of them managed to bank on a negative tax rate over the past three years, earning them a spot on a list of the country's "corporate tax dodgers."Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Florida Power & Light Rebukes Report on "Corporate Tax Dodgers"

    ​NextEra Energy -- which owns Florida Power & Light Co. -- ain't too happy about being placed on a list of "corporate tax dodgers," which we wrote about earlier today.A group that calls itself Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 companies nationwide, and named 78 of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Democratic National Committee: Florida Would Lose 473,000 Jobs Under Tea Party Economics

    ​In advance of tonight's GOP presidential debate, the Democratic National Committee has released a report claiming that 9.5 million American jobs would be lost if a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution were implemented by next year -- including the loss of 473,000 jobs in Florida.The reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Allen West Back to Insults and Ignoring Facts About the Economy

    Rep. Allen West, who thinks Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is a refrigerator.​Rep. Allen West seems to be the gift that keeps on giving to the world of misinformation.West went on Fox & Friends this morning, and let everyone know that he was still playing the blame game and made it clear he h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Allen West on NPR: Do We Really Need the Justice Department?

    How important is the Justice Department, really?​Yesterday, NPR host Robert Siegel interviewed U.S. Rep. Allen West about the federal debt fight. West, a member of the House Tea Party caucus, is adamantly opposed to raising the debt limit. He doesn't want the U.S. government to borrow any more mon ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2011
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    June 13, 2011

    Palm Beach County Housing Authority Workers Arrested, Assistant Director Charged Eightfold

    PBSOKechevella Wallace​Kechevella Wallace, assistant director of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority, has been arrested along with three other housing authority employees on fraud-related charges in an alleged apartment-renting scheme, the Palm Beach Post reports.Wallace, 26, was supposed to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Tax Day Deals

    Grab a bite before Uncle Sam bites you!​The IRS was nice enough to give us a whopping two-day extention on filing our taxes. That's all well and good, but you still might come out feeling a little poorer if you have to write a check to Uncle Sam today. Fret not, because there are a lot of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Rick Scott Takes Credit For Solving Budget Crisis By Rejecting High-Speed Rail

    Thanks, Governor, for saving us all from helpful public transport.​Remember that high-speed rail project that Governor Rick Scott rejected? The bullet train between Tampa and Orlando would've been the first of its kind in the country, made possible by $2.4 million in federal funds.But Scott return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    Tea Party? Try Tea Puppets

    I wonder if the nonsense-spewing Tea Partiers are really paying attention -- because if they are they'll know they're just puppets for war profiteers and the oil industry, which are one and the same. ​Case in point: A federal audit just found that former Florida Republican Party fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2011

    Florida Prisoners Lead The Nation in Tax Fraud

    ​Florida is number one again. The state that holds the championship belt in oxycodone consumption now leads the U.S. in fraudulent tax returns filed from prison. Perhaps our prisoners are trying to emulate the leadership traits of Captain Medicaid Fraud, aka Gov. Rick Scott. Florida inmates filed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    FEMA Bombshell: School Board Can't Account For $15 million In Post-Wilma Spending

    FEMA conducted an audit of Broward School Board spending of federal funds after hurricanes Katrina and Wilma and found the school board may have squandered millions of dollars, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security this week.. "The School Board did not account for FEMA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Broward Health Commissioner Says System Will Be Less Political as a Nonprofit

    browardhealth.orgCommissioner Richard Paul-Hus​If the North Broward Hospital District follows through on plans to lease its assets to a nonprofit organization, then it will "take the politics out" of managing that public hospital district, according to Commissioner Richard Paul-Hus, who responded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    [UPDATED] Charity Linked to Deerfield Commissioner Took Out 10 Percent Loan With Relative

    deerfield-beach.comSylvia Poitier​A charity under investigation by Deerfield Beach took out a high-interest loan from a brother of Commissioner Sylvia Poitier in hopes of paying taxes on property it owned in the city. The charity then listed that liability in a financial statement to the city, rai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Charity President Says Agency Isn't Ducking Investigator

    Flickr: itbe-GregDid Deerfield Beach's housing dollars go down the drain?​Felecia Poitier, president of a charity being investigated by Deerfield Beach for its management of housing funds, denied allegations that her agency has not cooperated fully with auditors, blaming delays on the time-consumi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Deerfield Housing Charity Owes Nearly $150,000 in Delinquent Taxes

    A nonprofit organization in Deerfield Beach under investigation for mishandling tax dollars has failed to pay taxes on any of six properties for at least five years, according to records released to Juice this afternoon. The Westside Deerfield Businessmen Association stands to lose all six propertie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Palm Beach Billionaire Koch Likes Tax Subsidies, Too

    Flickr user: andjohan​One of Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch's main objections to a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound -- which he has spent millions of dollars fighting -- is that it will require tax breaks to succeed. As the Juice reported earlier today, Koch has claimed that the an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Planned Parenthood Opens Two New Clinics in Broward to Meet Growing Demand

    Photo by Judith Selzer Planned Parenthood CEO Lillian Tamayo makes it official in Pembroke Pines​Douglas Marshall, director of business development for Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, has no shortage of distressing accounts of patients he has helped. After the ri ... More >>

  • News

    August 13, 2009

    Crooked Courthouse

    The Broward Commission will build a courthouse, even if voters don't want it and there's no good way to pay for it.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Cigarette Smokers Burned By New Tax; Cigar Aficionados Blow Celebratory Rings While cigarette smokers will now pay a dollar per pack more, the legislature gave the cigar industry a break. A new state-wide dollar-per-pack tax on cigarettes and smokeless and pipe tobacco starts today. The stated goal from the legislature is to encourage smokers to stop. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    House Owned By Tally Power Players Under Homestead Investigation

    Arduin and Ericks with Jeb BushOne of the GOP's top tax experts is under investigation for her own homestead tax exemption.   The Pulp has learned that the Broward Property Appraisers Office is investigating the homestead exemption on a Fort Lauderdale home owned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Schoolkids, State Workers: You're All Under the Bus for Tax-Shy Legislature

    Our Florida legislators have some budget-cutting to do, but they also need to improve the state's education system, which is fast becoming a national embarrassment. This will take some creativity. Republicans, as the majority party, you're up.flhouse.govAdam HasnerAdam Hasner, Republican from Delray ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    State Republican Does Not Want A Billion Dollars

    Rep. Anitere Flores should be grateful that only dorks like me watch Issues, the Sunday political program on our local public television station WPBT. I can't imagine she'd have wanted her constituents in Kendall / University Park / Westwood Lakes to watch her appearance this past Sunday.Here's a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    What the World Needs Now Is Another Blog

    This blog is not a remedy for the financial crisis. It will not defeat anti-American forces in Iraq. It will not slay any Somali pirates.Rather, it will give a loving squeeze to South Florida, extracting its most delicious, satisfying news-trients. The Juice is an ambrosia that, we hope, can provide ... More >>

  • News

    March 6, 2008

    Haunted House

    A priceless Fort Lauderdale property is sold on the cheap, and it's not the economy, stupid

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    December 20, 2007
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    July 9, 2007
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    May 31, 2007
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    November 30, 2006

    The Tightest Slots in Town

    Aren't you happy you get to shovel money into the shiny new machines?

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Even with a housing bust and bad court verdicts, the show goes on.

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    Slush Money

    Hollywood sets aside big money for its friends and doesn't want you to know

  • Subtropical Life

    May 12, 2005
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    February 25, 1999

    The People's Republic of Area A

    A group of neighborhood leaders prepares to declare independence and start Broward's first black-majority city

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