Florida bill targets taxpayer funding of professional sports franchise facilities

A Florida bill, SB 778, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R) repeals F.S. 288.11625, the Sports Development program. The Liberty First Network notes, “In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million. The state of…

HB 17 targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs), calls for more transparency

HB 17 (2018) targets Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) This legislation will require community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) to be more transparent and accountable. According to the Liberty First Network, “Under Florida law, local governments can designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas and create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). CRA’s are funded by property taxes and are billed…