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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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