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Jeff Harrington, Times Staff Writer

Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington has been an editor and reporter at the Tampa Bay Times since 1998, primarily working in Business news. He is currently Deputy Government & Politics Editor.

A native Ohioan, Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a dual major in American Studies and French. He worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Toledo Blade and Cincinnati Enquirer before winding his way down Interstate 75 to the Tampa Bay area.

He has received numerous awards for business and metro writing, including recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Associated Press, among others. He was a past finalist and a winner of a Gerald Loeb award honoring the best business writing in the country and his work has been included in the Best Business Stories of the Year series.

Phone: (727) 893-8242


Twitter: @JeffMHarrington

  1. Florida newspapers weigh in on Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget


    Newspapers across the state are weighing in with editorials on Gov. Rick Scott's $79.3 billion proposed budget for Florida's upcoming fiscal year.

    Not all of it in a favorable way.

    Among the reactions: an editorial in the Tampa Bay Times says Scott's spending plan "is aimed at generating headlines to use in his next campaign rather than investing in a state government facing systemic failure in nearly every corner."...

  2. Rate of kids coming into foster care rising in Florida


    From the News Service of Florida:

    TALLAHASSEE - More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.

    "You write laws to respond to the issues of the day, and those change at least annually," said state Sen. Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican and sponsor of a number of foster-care reforms. "So our focus in today's world is the best interests of the child in every way - safety, quality of life, the best location - and that's all we can do."...

  3. Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to fund bear-proofing measures


    From our friends at the News Service of Florida:

    TALLAHASSEE - The state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.

    The money would be used to partner with residents, local governments and businesses as a way to prevent bear attacks, according to a press release that accompanied Scott's budget on Monday. The funding request will be considered during the 2016 legislative session that begins in January....

  4. Donald Trump expands Florida campaign team with four new staffers


    Just days before he brings his presidential campaign to Sarasota, Donald Trump beefed up his Florida team with four new hires.

    Trump is slated to hold a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Saturday.

    Here's the full news release today from Team Trump:

    Donald J. Trump today announced the addition of four staff members joining his operation in Florida as he continues to lead all state polls by wide, double-digit margins. Jennifer R. Locetta will serve as Deputy State Director, Ken Mayo has been named Director of Field Operations, John Ross Pughe is joining as the Southeast Regional Field Director, and Craig Bachler will serve as Director of Coalitions....

  5. John Romano: Time to correct the voters' mistake


    Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes about a desire to educate voters about a time they got it wrong in the polling booth:


    Let's talk about the time Florida voters screwed up.

    It was done with the best of intentions, and with the blessing of editorial boards and voter education groups. But it was a blunder, nonetheless.

    This was back in 1998 when voters passed a constitutional amendment giving the governor more power by shrinking the size and scope of the state's Cabinet....

  6. Pinellas County lawsuit alleges DraftKings, FanDuel are illegal gambling sites


    Amid a push by some lawakers in Tallahassee to pave the way for fantasy sports sites to operate freely in Florida, litigation elsewhere in the state is challenging the legality of the popular pasttime.


    Tampa Bay Times staff writer William Levesque chronicles the Florida suit here:...

  7. Florida job growth flat, but still third-largest creator of private sector jobs


    Florida remains ensconced as the third-largest creator of private sector jobs nationwide behind California and Texas.

    However, the number of private jobs added statewide last month — 15,400 — is relatively unchanged from a month ago and remains far shy of the pace of a year ago.

    Moreover, a dominating 97 percent of the jobs are in the traditionally lower-paying service-providing sector and only 500 jobs are in the goods-producing category. ...

  8. John Romano: Florida — a state with a Walmart sensibility


    Tampa Bay Times' columnist John Romano looks at the striking similarities between the country's third-largest state and its biggest retailer:

    Turns out, the similarities have been staring us in the face for years.

    Price cuts = tax cuts.

    Uninsured employees = uninsured residents.

    No-frills merchandise = no-frills infrastructure.

    Low wages = well, low wages....

  9. Bills filed to help families of children buried at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys


    From the News Service of Florida:

    Two Democratic lawmakers filed bills Tuesday that would direct the Florida Department of State to preserve historical resources from the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and to provide money to help families reinter bodies of children found at the Jackson County site.

    The bills (SB 708 and HB 533), filed by Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Rep. Ed Narain, D-Tampa, come after extensive excavation work by University of South Florida researchers at the former reform school....

  10. GOP candidate Ben Carson steers clear of politics in his first Tampa Bay stop


    Presidential candidate Ben Carson came to Tampa today, kicking off his visit at a prayer breakfast where he kept politics off the menu. Tampa Bay Times staff writers Tracey McManus and Kattie Mettler followed his visit here:

    In his first of two stops in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, GOP presidential frontrunner Ben Carson steered clear of talking politics at the YMCA of the Suncoast's 10th annual prayer breakfast and instead reflected on his life story and personal values that have driven his success....

  11. Bill would allow Florida students to replace foreign language with computer language courses


    On the education beat, Jeffrey S. Solochek of the Tampa Bay Times writes about a push in Florida to let students substitute foreign language requirements with computer language courses:

    Sunlake High School sophomore Chris Collins sees little value in his Spanish language courses.

    "I was bored out," said Collins, 15. "If I want to travel in the future, I'd probably want to learn the language. I'm not planning to travel."...

  12. Falling unemployment rate aside, numbers don't add up yet for Florida's recovery

    State Roundup

    By the numbers, just how strong is Florida's economy?

    Home in on the popular bottom-line number that many gravitate to — the unemployment rate — and there's reason for encouragement.

    Florida's jobless rate fell from 5.4 percent to a seven-year low of 5.2 percent in September, according to figures released Friday. In Tampa Bay, unemployment dropped from 5.3 percent to 5 percent, a level last seen more than a year before George W. Bush turned over the Oval Office to Barack Obama. ...

  13. Here's a breakdown of Floridians who have helped Jeb Bush the most in raising money


    Jeb Bush's presidential campaign today released a list of people who have helped him raise money, but with a twist.

    While "bundler" names do not have to be disclosed (unless they are lobbyists) the former Florida governor used a much lower threshold. So while Democratic frontrunner Hilllary Clinton identifies bundlers who have raised at least $100,000, Bush is naming anyone who raised $17,600 -- the trigger for disclosing lobbyists. That makes it harder to determine the big fundraisers for Bush....

  14. Gov. Rick Scott 'absolutely' confident lawmakers will support tax cut and jobs incentive push


    Some Florida Senate leaders in both parties are openly critical of Gov. Rick Scott's plan to give more money to Enterprise Florida for job incentives. And they've laid out priorities that differ from his during the upcoming session.

    So is Scott confident the two chambers will support the two-pronged legislative agenda he laid out this week of jobs incentive money and a tax cut package that trumps the $427 million approved last year?...

  15. Carole Crist talks fashion, Goddessey, Halloween and Charlie


    The Tampa Bay Times' Katherine Snow Smith recently talked with Carole Crist, wife of Charlie Crist and a former Florida first lady, about the grand opening of her women's clothing store Goddessey Boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Crist was coy in addressing whether her husband should run for Congress as widely anticipated:

    'At the end of the day whatever he decides to do I'm behind Charlie 100 percent because he's my husband and I love him," she said. "I believe 'be your dreams' and the same goes for him. I'm his No. 1 supporter and No. 1 cheerleader."...