Columns by Mary Ann Hutton

YOU Determine Who Wins & Our Future

You and your vote will determine who wins the primary election in August and who wins the general election in November. I have had a lot of questions concerning voting, especially who can vote in the closed primary and who can vote in the open general election....

Florida Cattlemen Got A Big Win

Cattle production has been a big part of Florida’s heritage since the 1500s when Spanish explorers brought livestock to the Florida Peninsula. By the 1600s Florida was home to 34 cattle ranches and 20,000 heads of cattle. The cattle industry is a viable industry in...

Employment Changes for Minors

Driving through our wonderful community and other areas I continually see “Help Wanted” signs. Did you know that the labor force as a percentage of Jackson County’s population is only 42.3% and the State of Florida’s labor force to population is 60.1%? Let that...

Who Is Looking Out For Hardworking Americans?

If you are like so many here in our great community, you are experiencing the national epidemic of hardworking Americans known as “funds be low and extra no longer exists”. Your paycheck no longer covers your cost of living. This is the same paycheck that...

Social Media and Our Children

Social media platforms originally started to help connect people and friends digitally and quickly became a digital gathering place for individuals to talk and share. However, over the past years, it has infiltrated our lives as an information broadcaster, social...

Protecting Your Property Rights

Today, we will cover an issue that is very near and dear to my heart. I am passionate as a property owner and real estate appraiser but far more passionate as a constitution lover of rights and freedoms. Today we will be talking about your property rights and how...

Combatting Homelessness

Homelessness is becoming a major factor across many states and our nation. It is costing millions in clean up, security, and tourism all over the United States. The January 2023 Point-In-Time Count estimates 653,104 people experiencing homelessness across the...

Adjournment Sine Die

Adjournment Sine Die is the conclusion of a meeting by deliberative assembly, without setting a day to reconvene. The assembly can reconvene either in its present form or a reconstituted form if preexisting laws and rules provide. On Friday, March 8, 2024 Sine Die...

Holding Congress & Washington D.C. Accountable From Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis, Speaker of the House Paul Renner, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo are leading the fight against the irresponsible and careless federal government. Governor DeSantis stated, “Washington D.C. works for itself, not the American People”....

Safety in Florida Remains Strong

If you have seen any news coverage lately you have been made aware of the massive retail theft happening across the U.S. This type of retail theft targets brand-name stores carrying high-end expensive merchandise. The thieves generally go in smash, snatch, and grab...

Representative Shane Abbott & 2024 Session

The Florida Legislative Session is in full swing and our elected officials have been hard at work. Many are working to improve regulations and procedures and others are looking for new ways to protect Floridians and our free state of life. It takes all of the...

Grants, Stewardship and Citizens Lodge

Our community is very blessed with natural resources and public green spaces, parks, trails, and waterways for us to enjoy. “Public green space” development and use is a major component in existing communities and new evolving communities and is in high demand from...

Corrections & Court 2024 Proposed Funding

Florida Department of Corrections is Florida’s largest state agency and is the third-largest state prison system in the country. There are 128 Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) facilities including 50 major institutions 15 annexes, 7 private facilities...

E911 Proposed Funding & Law Enforcement Funding

Considering yesterday’s tornado tragedy and the families that have been affected here in our great county, I wanted to inform everyone of the proposed funding for E911 emergency and law enforcement officials proposed funding. As we all know both are essential to...

Transportation Infrastructure Proposed 2024 Funding

Governments have been providing funding for transportation infrastructure and expansion since 1787.  In 1787, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gave Congress the power "to establish Post Offices and post Roads." Since the original “post Roads” funding there...

Funding For Economic Development

Governor DeSantis is highly focused on economic development and job creation in Florida. Since 2019 Florida added more than 2.7 million new businesses. From October 2022 and October 2023, Florida’s private sector job growth added 252,900 jobs. Florida’s private...

Governor DeSantis’ Proposed Education Budget

It takes the entire community and its leaders to work together to have optimal success for all its citizens. The community should work flawlessly as a fine-tuned pocket watch. Working with every wheel spinning at the precise speed and every wheel harmoniously...

2024 Legislative Session & Governor’s Budget

Tallahassee has been buzzing for a couple of months now getting ready for opening day on January 9, 2024. Even though our legislators are hard at work with drafts of general bills, memorials, joint resolutions, and companion bills, the recently highlighted buzz is...

Growth or A Slow Death

Many times, in a small rural government environment the local authorities have to decide if they want to continue the growth of the local economy or to kill or stifle the positive financial impact of hosted events on the local economy. Often there is no...

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