In The News: March 19, 2014

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March 19, 2014

Florida_Trend_florida_public_employeesFlorida Trend: Report: Pay raises for State Attorneys and Public Defenders would save taxpayer money

“Paying our Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders closer to the rest of the nation will ensure our tax dollars are not wasted on high turnover costs and lower productivity, and that our criminal justice system is in the best hands our state can find.”


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Voucher advocates take heat over 2011 video

“One of the primary reasons we’ve been so successful we spend about $1 million every other cycle in local political races, which in Florida is a lot of money,…..  We put those people in the face of Democrats and say ‘How can you deny this parent the right to educate their child in the ways that they need?’”

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: House releases proposed education budget

House Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Erik Fresen on Tuesday released his $20.7 billion budget proposal.

Fresen is recommending that $6,988 be spent on each student in the K-12 system. That figure represents a $207.98 increase over the current level,….  It boosts spending on state colleges by $69.8 million, and spending on the State University System by $120 million.


Reuters_florida_public_employeesREUTERS:  Charmin Donates Toilet Paper to 50 Firehouses in 50 States in One-Day Donation

As part of the Charmin Relief Project, which provides a better bathroom experience anytime, anywhere, Charmin asked consumers to share stories of firehouse bathrooms with sub-par conditions or in need of relief. Since firehouses often serve as a second home for many firefighters, Charmin wants to bring the comforts of home to these everyday heroes.


Broward_Schools_Florida_public_employeesFOX News: Florida district moves to shutter 3 charter schools, in latest closure push

The Broward County School Board voted Monday to issue two charter schools, The Obama Academy for Boys and the Red Shoe Charter School for Girls, a notice of intent to terminate their charters over breach of contract.


Gas_Prices_florida_public_EmployeesWKMG: Central Florida gas prices jump nearly 15 cents in last week

Local 6 reached out to AAA to see if a gas shortage may be to blame. An official with the company said there is currently a regional problem with gas supplies, and that affected stations in Central Florida should be getting shipments soon.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: We’ll spend to reduce child deaths, Florida lawmakers vow

TALLAHASSEE — The head of the state’s child welfare agency told a House committee Tuesday that the child deaths documented by the Miami Herald exposed a gap in the state’s safety net and, for the first time, she acknowledged it will take more services, and money, to fix it.


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:  Florida lands 10 of the top 25 best beaches in the U.S.

Why should Dr. Beach have all the fun? While his famous best beaches in the U.S. list for 2014 won’t come out until Memorial Day weekend, the folks over at TripAdvisor have corralled their user reviews to come out with their second annual Travelers’ Choice Awards including the Top 25 Beaches, not only in the U.S., but for the world.


Chris_Nocco_Florida_public_employeesTampa Bay Times:Pasco sheriff forbids employees from teaching at PHSC academy

NEW PORT RICHEY — In the latest escalation between Pasco-Hernando State College and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Chris Nocco has forbidden his employees from teaching at the college’s law enforcement academy.


Gazette_Net_Florida_public_employeesGazette.Net: For Sunshine Week, Gazette looks at who requests public information

Last year, the public asked local government bodies for copies of employees’ salaries, property inspection reports and information about a mysterious 1990 homicide.


CBS_MIAMI_florida_public_employeesCBS Miami: Sunrise Police: Ring Thief Caught

SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – Sunrise Police say the case of the running ring ripoff artist at Sawgrass Mills Mall has been solved after tips from the public came in to police.


GM_Recall_Florida_public_employeesDaily Finance: GM’s Barra Saying Sorry Seeks to Limit Fallout on Recall

General Motors (GM) Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra apologized for the lives lost in accidents linked to an ignition defect and pledged an aggressive probe into why a recall took so long, in her boldest effort yet to limit damage from safety lapses at the largest U.S. automaker.


NBC_2_florida_public_employeesNBC 2 News: In-state tuition bill survives close Senate vote

A bill that would offer in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants is creating a wedge among Florida’s lawmakers. The bill barely made it past a Senate committee this morning — passing with 5 to 4 vote.


Pam_Stewart_Florida_public_EmployeesTampa Bay Times: Florida Education Department gives nonprofit $220 million contract to replace the FCAT

TALLAHASSEE — After months of uncertainty, the state Education Department has selected an exam to replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests.


TBOTBO: School vouchers bill passes on party-line vote

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to expand the state’s private school voucher program cleared its latest panel on a party-line vote Tuesday after a standing-room only meeting packed with pastors, public school advocates and private school students.


Jebb_Bush_florida_public_employeesTBO: Jeb Bush still mulling presidential run

MIAMI — Jeb Bush gets the question at just about every public appearance these days: Will you run for president?

The former Florida governor gives a well-worn answer: “I can honestly tell you that I don’t know what I’m going to do.” It’s an answer that won’t satisfy the GOP faithful for much longer.



Tallahassee — Today, the Florida Senate AppropriationsSubcommittee on Education, chaired by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), unanimously approved Senate Bill 850, sponsored by Senator John Legg (R-Lutz), which aims to further cement the link between education and jobs in today’s economy.


FPE:  March 19, 2014 – Legislative Calendar Florida Senate And House of Representatives

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