Columns by Mary Ann Hutton

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...

My Safe Florida Home Program

Over the past few years, we have seen our homeowner insurance rates rise due to the lack of competition and the high cost of goods and services. Due to these increases, The State of Florida has been enacting laws, programs, and statutes to help Floridians with the...

Toll Road Through Jackson County

When federal, state, or local governments need more money they always look for additional revenue sources from us the taxpayers. In 2021 the Florida Legislature passed SB 1126 which transferred $35 million to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, “to be used in accordance...

Purchasing Power of Families

Since 2020 we have all been experiencing very little left over, if any after our monthly living and debt service. Some have even dipped into their savings or even taken on debt, to buy food, gas, taxes, necessities and service their debt. Upon the continued rise of...

Failing Banks and The Federal Reserve

Do you ever get tired of Washington’s broken promises and failures and having to pay for Wall Street mismanagement? Each time a bank fails, we the American people step in and pay for the failure while Washington and Wall Street are never held accountable for the...

Rescuing Floridians and Americans

You often hear about “The Golden Rule.” “The Golden Rule” is the principle of treating others as you would want to be treated. We often think of this personally or even think the application of the rule only applies locally. However, I often find myself thinking of...

Another Victory for the Second Amendment

What do our state legislators do when the Legislative Session is not convened? As we have all seen lately, they are traveling their districts to discover what needs are in the communities they represent. However, some also keep up with federal issues and tirelessly...

Another Federal Grab for Our Constitutional Rights

Have you ever thought what in the world is the federal government doing? Are they just really opposed to the constitutional freedoms and rights that our forefathers created with the U.S. Constitution? The longevity of these rights and freedoms have been in effect...

One Of The Most important Things In Life

One of the most important things in life for me has always been spending time with family. It is something my parents and grandparents instilled in us from a very early age. We ate together and had conversations about our day, school, life, God and whatever was...

Medical Liberation

Great news, it is only 12 days from the first day of fall. The sad thing is the mercury in the old thermometer is still spiking triple digits and not even a tease to cooler or less humid weather. The pumpkins are out and every kind of pumpkin spice drink and food...

Division Is Killing America

Have you ever wondered why Americans are so divided on issues? The answer is quite simple it is called identity politics. Oxford Languages defines identity politics as “a tendency for people of a particular religion, ethnic group, social background, etc., to form...

Florida’s AAA Credit Rating

How are nations' and states' fiscal responsibility measured? How are these fiscal responsibilities made transparent? The answers to both questions are by their credit rating. The credit rating analyzes the entities’ financial management practices, its expenditure...

Rural Infrastructure Support

The largest component to any city, county or development is infrastructure. Infrastructure is a set of necessary facilities or systems providing commodities and services for the community to enable, sustain or enhance societal living conditions. However, most...

Back To School

Even though it is still suturing hot and humid, summer vacation is coming to an end for school age children. They will return to the classroom in a couple of weeks and settle into new policies, education requirements and regulations that have been passed and...

New State & Local Natural Emergencies Changes

As I travel our beautiful county daily, I am reminded of the devasting effects caused by Hurricane Michael. The reminder is often triggered by traveling to an area and reminiscing about the picturesque views of graceful large grand trees or even an old farmhouse...

Election Integrity

You might ask, how to protect and sustain our political freedom? The answer to that question is quite simple but made very complex throughout the centuries. Our political freedom is highly contingent upon our abilities to provide free, fair, and secure elections....

New Real Estate Fraud Protection Law HB1419

The FBI’s Internet Crime Report 2022 reports that Florida ranks #2 in the overall state statistics for internet crimes with over 42,000 victims and estimated losses of over $844,000,000. Real estate fraud is one of the many categories analyzed in this report as it...

New Local Ordinances Law

The passing of local ordinances is a very broad legislative power the governing body of a county or municipality can enact. Generally, this power is executed as a measure to promote the health, safety welfare, and quality of life of the residents. Local ordinances...

Churches and Public Policy

As political races and debate stages heat up with so many issues, and policy decisions at stake, I wanted to find some clarity as to the acceptable activities that churches and pastors can use to influence public policy. I have often heard that churches, religious...

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