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Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

Viewpoint: The ‘They changed the formula’ education excuse

By Jac Wilder VerSteeg, Context Florida Florida’s national ranking by Education Week has dropped precipitously, to No. 28. In 2013, Florida was ranked No. 6. When Florida’s public education system rose to No. 6, politicians raced to crow and claim credit. The ranking proved, they said, that [...]

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

2014 State Roundup: A year of change and stability

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In some ways, the state of Florida has remained remarkably stable over the past year. Gov. Rick Scott and the entire Cabinet won re-election. Republicans maintain control of both chambers in the Florida Legislature. Indeed, the 40 senators who [...]

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

Heads up on new laws taking effect Oct. 1

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Long-sought regulations on Florida's commercial parasailing industry, along with a measure about crimes against unborn children, are among 32 laws that go into effect Wednesday. A number of the new laws, signed by Gov. Rick Scott after the 2014 [...]

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

Florida will have $336 million surplus next year

State lawmakers will have about $336 million extra in the budget year that begins next July, according to a draft state report issued late Wednesday. The Long-Range Financial Outlook, an annual report, says that surplus takes into account the likelihood that the Legislature will continue to set [...]

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

Unemployment rate holds steady in Florida

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida's jobless mark continued its steady run through 2014, holding at 6.2 percent from June to July, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday. The numbers indicate there were about 1,600 fewer people employed in July in [...]

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock [...]

State drops voter purge

State drops voter purge

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida In an election-year turnaround, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is dropping a problematic voter purge aimed at keeping non-U.S. citizens from casting ballots. In the fall, Secretary of State Ken Detzner held five forums with supervisors of elections [...]

Uh, one more gun bill. This time it involves schools and NRA. What could go wrong?

Uh, one more gun bill. This time it involves schools and NRA. What could go wrong?

By Margie Menzek, The News Service of Florida A bill backed by the National Rifle Association that lawmakers said would add "common sense" to zero-tolerance policies for guns in public schools sailed through a House education panel on Wednesday. The measure (PCB KTS 14-02) by House Judiciary [...]

Yes, sir. Florida Legislature has another gun bill

Yes, sir. Florida Legislature has another gun bill

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Insurance companies could face tougher penalties if they impose higher rates, refuse to issue or cancel auto or homeowner policies due to gun ownership, under a measure backed by a House committee Tuesday. Florida law already prohibits such action, [...]

State Capital briefs, Feb. 5

State Capital briefs, Feb. 5

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TAX CUT BACKED As Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders look to cut $500 million in taxes and fees this year, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a plan that would trim taxes on communications services. Major business groups and communications companies support the bill (SB [...]

Destination Resorts deal into Senate Gaming plan

Destination Resorts deal into Senate Gaming plan

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Two stand-alone casinos in South Florida and allowing track operators to quit racing horses and dogs while keeping lucrative card rooms and slot machines are among the proposals on the table as the Florida Senate prepares to roll out its gambling [...]

Gaetz: Land amendment shifts to much control to state

Gaetz: Land amendment shifts to much control to state

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Florida voters will get to decide in November if funding for land conservation should be cemented into the state Constitution. But don't expect top lawmakers to support the proposed constitutional amendment, which will appear as Amendment No. 1 on [...]

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