April 29, 2014 Daily News Recap

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Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Charter schools get extra bump for facilities funding

The House and Senate agreed Monday to spend $50 million from the Public Education Capital Outlay trust fund on charter school maintenance.

But just before midnight, the House added another $25 million, bringing the total to $75 million. That’s still less than the $91 million charter schools received last year.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Florida lawmakers agree to pour $100 million into maintenance and construction for public schools

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers reached a deal on K-12 education funding Monday that will pump more than $100 million into maintenance and construction for traditional public schools statewide.


Florida_LawmakersThe Ledger:   Florida Lawmakers Put Final Touches on Budget Plan

TALLAHASSEE | The State College of Florida will get $8.7 million for a new library complex on the school’s Bradenton campus.

In Sarasota County, school officials will receive $2 million to build a Sarasota County Technical Institute campus in North Port.


Raises_State_EmployeesNews Herald:  Raises coming for some state employees

TALLAHASSEE — Racing against the clock, Florida legislators have reached a deal on most of the spending that will be included in a new $75 billion state budget.


Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com:  House, Senate reach deal on budget

House and Senate budget chairmen shook hands Monday on major provisions of a $75-billion budget containing no general pay raises for state employees, but won’t increase their insurance premiums in the coming fiscal year.


bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com:   Florida House OKs Rep. Greg Steube’s bill allowing guns in schools

The 71-44 vote Monday was largely symbolic. The proposal is a long shot in the more moderate Senate, where it has stalled in committee.


Mike_Carroll_DCFMiami Herald: Scott picks insider to run Florida’s troubled DCF

Nearly 10 months after the last confirmed secretary of Florida’s troubled child welfare agency resigned amid a spate of controversial child deaths, Gov. Rick Scott’s search for a replacement ended not far from where it began, in Tampa Bay.


Federal_Judicial_RacesPolitical Fix Florida:   Qualifying for federal, judicial races begins

The race to get on the November ballot began at noon Monday for candidates running congressional, judicial, state attorney and public defender races.


Public employees' free-speech rights

Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court may boost free-speech protections for public workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday sounded ready to rule that a public employee who testifies about corruption in his government department cannot be fired for revealing the truth.


Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Rising Sea Levels At Miami Beach City Hall

Huffington Post:  Bill Nelson ‘Tempted’ To Run For Governor, Doesn’t Like Florida’s Direction Under Rick Scott

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has repeatedly said he wouldn’t jump into the race to unseat Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). But that doesn’t mean Nelson isn’t tempted.


FPE:  April 29, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate and House of Representatives


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