April 28, 2014, Daily Morning News Recap

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Five things to Watch Monday

It’s the final week of the 2014 legislative session and, as all racing fans know, there will be burnouts and duels, surprise developments and sneaky moves but it all comes down to the finish, sine die, on Friday.

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Fewer_being_TicketedWPTV: Fewer being ticketed by police in Florida

The latest statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show police wrote about 5 percent fewer traffic tickets last year than they did in 2011.

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WCTV: Florida Lawmakers Delay Proposed School Split

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LAwmakers_Agree_On_mostWCTV: Florida Lawmakers Agree on Most of New Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators have a reached a deal over most of the spending that will be included in a new $75 billion state budget.

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Tampa Bay Times:  State budget leaders move closer to agreement

Florida lawmakers continued to meet on Sunday to haggle over next year’s $75 billion budget, and showed signs they were close to some significant deals.

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Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com:  Jeanette Wynn: Workers aren’t on legislators’ radar

……budget proposals are full of election-year giveaways to the wealthy and “tax cut” gimmicks meant to garner votes. Aside from a back-to-school sales tax holiday, there are virtually no proposals for ways to spend the state’s surplus that will benefit working people or lead to sustained growth.

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Final_WeekLocal 10 News:  Fla. legislators face a busy final week of session

The last few days could reverberate into this year’s election, especially since Gov. Rick Scott is now pushing hard for a tuition break to college students living in the state illegally. Scott last week publicly asked his fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate to let the measure come up for a vote even though some GOP senators have already denounced the measure as “pandering” to Hispanics.

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Clock_Ticks_Down_FRSBiz Journal: As clock ticks down on session, legislature still eyeing pension reform

Despite vocal opposition from public employees’ unions and teachers, some members of the Florida legislature are pushing forward with a bill that would transform the retirement benefits for new state employees from a pension to a 401(k)-type system.

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Officer_Wounds_ManBay News 9:  Officers wound man after fire, SWAT standoff in NE St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG – A man who was being evicted from his northeast St. Petersburg home set the home on fire, threatened officers with a gun and was shot and wounded by officers early Sunday, police said.

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FPE:  April 28, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate and House of Representatives

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