1. State agencies have been asked to consider how they would cut their budgets by 10 percent in the upcoming fiscal year.
  2. Now that funding for SunRail has been approved, other Florida counties want passenger rail projects of their own.
  3. A new psychological study suggests one letter could make a difference in election turnout. People may be more responsive to calls to โ€œbe a voterโ€ than to simply โ€œvote.โ€
  4. As states like Florida drag their feet implementing the federal health reform law, health policy experts are contemplating how federally run alternatives might fare.
  5. A University of Florida political scientist explores how Republicansโ€™ defense of lower taxes for the wealthy could harm their political fortunes.
  6. Quote of the day: โ€œYou have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!โ€ โ€” Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, in a tirade emailed to his congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which was first obtained by Politico.
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