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March 23, 2014
Orlando Sentinel: Deputy is identify teens linked to killing of Windermere officer Robert German
Two Polk County teenagers linked to the killing of Windermere police Officer Robert German were identified Sunday as the small Orange County town’s mayor called on residents to tie blue ribbons on mailboxes and light poles in German’s memory.
Here we go again, never enough money to fund our public school system and read between the lines “services”. One little secret left out of this article “Looming shortfalls a taking problem in Miami-Dade” is that we are now the number one state for Foreclosure Filings. Banks have been holding these houses back in order to enjoy the artificial housing bubble we once have again.
Miami Herald: Feds investigate Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has quietly revived an investigation of Florida’s Bright Futures scholarships, a move that could reignite long-simmering complaints about the fairness of the popular program.
Herald Tribune: Sarasota school tax vote Tuesday
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for people to vote on the four-year tax which costs a homeowner $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value.
News-Press.com: Police pay issue with state
The Police Benevolent Association and the state of Florida are at impasse over pay and other issues, including whether state law-enforcement personnel should be evaluated based in part on the number of contacts they have with the public.
NaplesNews.com: Advocates for reforming Florida school voucher system not giving up
State lawmakers have proposed a sweeping expansion of the state’s tax credit scholarship program. The proposal expands the state’s so-called voucher program by removing some eligibility requirements, offering partial scholarships to middle-class families
Ocala.com: Is overhauling Florida Retirement System a greater risk than doing nothing?
Both House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz seek to change a system that is not broken. In fact, more than 86 percent of state pension liabilities are funded. The scenario was even rosier before the recession began in 2009.
Health News Florida: Highest Earners Pay Lowest Premiums
The Florida Cabinet, state agency managers and legislative staff are among 30,000 top-ranked state workers who will continue to pay ultra-low health insurance premiums in the coming year.
March 22, 2014
Tallahassee.com: Fla. Legislature keeps insurance perk for workers
Many top ranked state workers including Gov. Rick Scott could continue to pay low health insurance premiums in the coming year.
The House and Senate have released initial versions of the new state budget. These spending plans would keep premiums the same for state workers.
Tampa Bay Times: State budget stuffed with turkeys poses election risks for Scott
Other big-ticket items in either the Senate or House proposed budgets: $15 million for the 200-mile Coast-to-Coast Connector, a bicycle and pedestrian path that links St. Petersburg to Titusville; $4 million for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium; $1 million for the Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey; $2 million for the Tampa Jewish Center; and $2 million for St. Petersburg’s 20/20 Agenda, an anti-poverty program.
The Ledger: Pilot Killed, Girls Injured in Clearwater Plane Crash
The single-engine Piper crashed nose-first in the median of the six-lane road just north of Union Street around 4 a.m., authorities said. Jeffrey Bronken, 53, died at the scene. Katherine Bronken and Keyano Linbo, both 15, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa in serious condition.
Florida Today.com: Sen. Don Gaetz: Aiming for more transparency
The passing of former Gov. Reubin Askew left a lonesome place against the Florida sky last week as our state lost one of the earliest and strongest advocates for government in the sunshine.
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