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Will casinos kill our hotel and restaurant industry?

Will casinos kill our hotel and restaurant industry?

A 1997 study by nonpartisan research firms, California Research Bureau, studied the impact of casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the number of restaurants dropped 40 percent over the 20 years after New Jersey voters authorized casino gambling in the state. In Tallahassee, the hospitality [...]

UWF salaries online

UWF salaries online

Gov. Rick Scott has published on his floridahasarighttoknow.com the salaries of all the staff at the state's public universities. The info is in a huge Excel spreadsheet. Fortunately, the Sarasota Herald Tribune has a searchable database (here). BTW, the University of West Florida has 51 [...]

Florida schools could be hit $1.2 billion shortfall in 2012-13 budget

Florida schools could be hit $1.2 billion shortfall in 2012-13 budget

The buzz is public education funding could have a $1.2 billion shortfall if Florida lawmakers keep the same funding level for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The gap stems from the end of federal stimulus dollars ($554 million), a decrease in property tax collection expectations ($239 millon), lack [...]

State budget projected to have $1.5 billion shortfall

The Republicans will have to find ways to further cut the Florida state budget is the latest revenue projections by state economists hold true. Gov. Rick Scott may have to trim $600 million from the current 2011-12 budget and additional $968.3 million for the 2012-13 budget. The Republicans and [...]

FCAT scoring could get tougher

Just as Escambia County public schools had climbed back up to an overall B average, the state is considering toughening the scoring system for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT). The Sun-Sentinel reports that proposed new scoring system being considered by the State Baord of [...]

Welfare drug testing a money loser

In today’s New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger reported only 32 temporary assistance applicants in Florida failed their required drug tests while 7,030 passed. That’s a 0.4% fail rate. Based on the NYT estimate that the average temporary assistance applicant receives $253 monthly for less than [...]

Trade agreements could be boon for Florida

Congress is voting this Wednesday on trade agreements for Columbia, Panama and South Korea. The agreements would phase out duties on products the three countries trade with the United States. The administration calculates that the agreement with South Korea alone will generate $11 million in [...]

Celente Picks 2012 Presidential Winner

Press Release: And the next President of the United States will be: teleprompter populist extraordinaire, Barack Obama. Should the Republicans nominate one of the three current frontrunners – Mitt Romney, Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann – Barack “Back-on-track” Obama wins (despite polls [...]

Obama, Palin when comic straw poll

Obama, Palin when comic straw poll

BOOM! announces the results of DECISION 2012, the comic book industry's first straw poll: Barak Obama has won, with the top Republican candidacy going to Sarah Palin and a shocking result for last place: Rick Perry! The results: 1. Barak Obama 2. Sarah Palin 3. Ron Paul 4. Michele [...]

Companies vie for Miami casino sites

The Miami Herald has already sold its site to a casino group, Genting. Now the Las Vegas Sands are discussing buying a large tract of land near downtown Miami to build a casino resort. It was lobbyist of the Las Vegas Sands that tired to do the fundraiser of John Powell, Republican candidate for [...]

Wall Street Protest grows

Wall Street Protest grows

I've written about this protest that has garnered little attention from the mainstream media. Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing demonstration that has maintained sustained occupation of Wall Street, the financial district of New York City, to protest corporate greed. Yesterday, police arrested [...]

FRS one of top 5 state pension plans in the nation

The Florida Retirement System is one of the top five state pension systems in the nation, according to Robert Dezube of the Milliman consulting firm which issued a preliminary report on the system on Wednesday. Although the state's investments took a hit in 2009 stock market crash, they have [...]

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