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Few more facts about Sansom’s college job

The St. Petersburg Times has been reporting more details on House Speaker Ray Sansom's new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom will be paid $110,000 --- nearly $25,000 more than his predecessor. The vice president position at the college was never advertised and only offered to [...]

Call for Sansom to resign

Florida Democrats are calling for Ray Sansom to resign either from Northwest Florida State College or the Florida House speaker. Press release: Today Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Speaker Ray Sansom to step down from his position with Northwest Florida State College [...]

Who will replace Mel Martinez

The biggest name being batted around is popular former Gov. Jeb Bush. However, I wouldn't rule out MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Yes, he's moved to the Washington, D.C., but I don't think he's sold his Pensacola home yet. Joe did very well as political analyst during the [...]

Boone Report: GOP retreat

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to Florida State Rep. Greg Evers, the Republican state lawmakers that met in Destin two weeks ago for a four-day retreat, focused primarily on the budget of the state. "There was a lot of concern and talk about the budget as far as where we are," he says. [...]

Florida has real financial crisis

State economists report that they project Florida will collect $31.4-billion less in taxes than expected over the next four years. Why? Fewer people are moving to the state for the first time since air conditioning was invented. According to the St. Petersburg Times, our governors and [...]

State pension fund plummets

St. Pete Times reports that in the last 13 months, the state pension plan lost more than a quarter of its value, or $37.9-billion. It peaked at $138.4-billion on Sept. 30, 2007, and was worth $100.5-billion on Oct. 31. The local government pool, which was once the largest in the country, shrank [...]

Sansom takes over Nov. 15

Ray Sansom (R-Ft. Walton Beach) takes over as Speaker of the Florida House on Nov. 15. He tells the reporters that he doesn't believe a special session is needed to deal with the $700 million state budget deficit. Sansom thinks Gov. Charlie Crist's action to have the state agencies to hold back 4 [...]

Florida will have more mortgage troubles

According to Fitch Ratings, Florida could be headed to an mortgage crisis in 2010 when borrowers with adjustable rate loans see rates adjust. Nearly $100 billion worth of loans are deemed at risk for foreclosure. This year, Florida has had 299,118 foreclosure filings, including default notices, [...]

Living on $275 a week

The Orlando Sentinel asks, "Could you live on $275 a week?" Florida's $275 weekly maximum benefit for the unemployed hasn't changed in 10 years. In Massachusetts, unemployed workers collect up to $600 a week. In Georgia, they take home up to $440 a week. Read Could you live on $275 a week?

Greyhound track may get more regulations

Florida is No. 1 in greyhound racetracks. According to the Miami Herald, state regulators want more inspection power and penalties for animal abusers. The industry has had problems from dog-doping with cocaine to force them to run faster to the 2002 discovery that a former Pensacola racetrack [...]

Budget sinks, leaders asleep

The Miami Herald reports that Florida's sagging economy is giving lawmakers $2.9 billion less than they expected. State economists said Tuesday that all state revenues -- from sales taxes to documentary stamp taxes to corporate income taxes -- have fallen sharply behind forecasts. Many warned that [...]

State colleges suffer under cuts

The state university system has lost $65.2-million for this budget year, thanks to emergency cuts made during the fall special session. Here's a breakdown: * UF: $9.8-million * UCF: $6.2-million * USF: $6.7-million * FSU: $7.7-million * FAU: [...]

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