Daily News: April 4, 2014

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Florida Public Employees


April 4, 2014


The_LedgerThe Ledger: Weatherford says state pension deal is possible

Weatherford said he is optimistic that lawmakers can reach an agreement on a plan to revamp the state pension fund for public workers, including school employees and county workers.


Florida_House_Public_EmployeesWJCT News:  Florida House Expected To Pass Budget

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — The House is poised to approve a $75.3 billion budget proposal after several hours of at-times testy but mostly tame debate Wednesday about the spending plan for the year that begins July 1.


Jim_Brantley_DROP_Florida_Public_EmployeesNews-Press.com:  Paltry retirement benefits compared with CEOs bonuses

I noted with great interest your article, March 30, regarding retirement benefits being paid to various Florida public servants (“When retirement pays six figures”). The first point you failed to make clear is that the DROP account monies you showed for each of these public employees is not money these employees receive as salary or bonus.


Kristin Masson serves beers at Tequesta Brewing Co. in TequestaREUTERS: Craft beer distribution battle brews in Florida legislature

The law would force craft brewers to sell their bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor. If they want to sell it in their own tap rooms, they would then have to buy it back at what is typically a 30-40 percent mark-up without the bottles or cans ever leaving the brewery,….


E-Cig_ban_florida_public_employeesHealth News Florida:  Lawmakers Poised to Ban E-Cig Sales to Kids

What started out as an online, underground fad is now a billion dollar business. Electronic cigarettes,  often called e-cigarettes, really aren’t cigarettes at all because there’s no tobacco, no flame and no smoke.


bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com: Florida House subcommittee OK’s Steube bill allowing guns in schools

It gives schools the option to appoint former or current law enforcement officers and former or current military officers with state-legislated training to carry firearms on campus.

Port_Of_Miami_Florida_Public_EmployeesWPLG 10 News:   Miami-Dade County changes PortMiami leadership
After nearly eight years at the helm of the 11th largest port in the nation, Bill Johnson will soon be putting the real estate disagreements behind him. He is taking the job as water-and-sewer chief.

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