The sheer insanity of the Jazz Fest late night concert calendar just got yet crazier! Vulfpeck is joining home town heroes The Revivalists and The Soul Rebels for a three-in-one funk-rock bonanza. With all three bands known for dynamic performances and booty shaking vibe, The Orpheum Theater is sure to be one big dance party come April 23nd.Vulfpeck’s raucous, raw sound has been winning the national attention and a rabid, ever growing fan base. Joining them on the bill, The Revivalists bring their rocking version of Americana infused funk, all behind magnetic front man David Shaw. And last but by no means least, The Soul Rebels bring their brass band electricity to the stage.Tickets are available starting this Friday HERE.If Vulfpeck is your jam, be sure to check out the funky up and comers at Fool’s Paradise, a destination festival in St. Augustine, FL held from April 1st to 2nd. Featuring Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, The Nth Power and more, this is one fest you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information available here.
The new offence being created to ban referral fees will cover those receiving the fees as well as the lawyers who pay them, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said last week. The minister told a LexisNexis costs conference that he wants the offence to go ‘further than just solicitors’. Djanogly said he had decided to use a regulatory rather than criminal offence to implement the referral fee ban because of the lower burden of proof. Jurors in a criminal case might have difficulty with the complex scenarios that could arise, such as where an insurer gives a solicitor work but insists that the lawyer buys its insurance in return. Djanogly noted that the previous ban on referral fees, lifted in 2004, involved too much ‘leakage’ in the system, which he wants to avoid. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill is on track to become law by the end of the year, Djanogly said. He added that the bill’s provisions, which include Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms to civil litigation, will come into force next October. The minister said he had not been swayed by ‘special interest groups’ seeking exemptions from the provisions. ‘Sir Rupert Jackson is very firm in his belief that non-recoverability [of certain costs] must be brought in as a package across the board. There are many different interest groups who feel that they are a special case: clinical negligence, insolvency, professional negligence. They all say that they should have carve-outs. I can see now why he wants it as a package, and we support his view.’ On the government’s separate proposal to raise the small claims track limit, Djanogly said this would benefit many consumers. However, he said reports that a rise in the limit to £10,000 was already a ‘done deal’ were not correct.
Florida homeowners could pay less for property taxes The Florida Legislature looks set to vote in favor of a measure that could eventually significantly reduce property taxes for South Florida homeowners whose property is valued over $100,000.The possible tax reduction, if the measure is agreed, would be determined by voter’s decision on a constitutional amendment to be placed on the 2018 ballot. Specifically, the amendment would ask voters to vote for an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for residential properties valued over $100,000. Should 60 percent of the voters approve the amendment homeowners would be relieved of paying taxes on another $25,000 of the value of their property beginning in 2019.Florida residents who own and live in their home as their permanent resident are currently eligible to apply and receive a deduction of up to $25,000 off their property’s assessment. This provides several hundred dollars in tax savings to homeowners.However, an increase in the homestead exemption while a positive gain for homeowners could be a pain for Florida municipalities. The measure would mean less revenue for cities and counties, forcing them to either cut back on essential services like fire and rescue services, or increase millage rates on commercial and other properties.Preliminary estimates indicate that there could be a fall in revenue for all counties and cities in the state of approximately $644 million. Miami-Dade County, for example, could realize an annual decline of about $50 million in revenue and the city of Miami, $17 millionAccording to Tax-Rates.org that computes data for the Florida Department of Revenue the median property tax in Florida is $1,773 per year for a home with a median value of $182,400.Opponents of the measures see it as a political ploy to woe voters who are homeowners to vote for Republicans in the next year’s elections. Included on the state ballot next year are races for state governor, 27 congressional representatives, several seats in the Florida Senate and all the seats in the Florida House.Opponents also claim any further reduction of property tax to homeowners, most of whom are from the middleclass, would be unfair as it will shift tax burden to low-income residents who are mainly tenants struggling with the cost of rental.