In The News March 21, 2014

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Florida Public Employees


March 21, 2014


Scathing_Purple_Musings_VouchersFPE: Influential Miami-Dade Superintendent Finds Selection of New Florida Tests “Insufficient”

But Carvalho isn’t the only high-profile superintendent taking issue with AIRs Utah field test. O’Connor writes that one-time Florida Secretary of State, Kurt Browning, now Pasco schools boss  and Hillsborough’s MaryEllen Elia have also objected publicly.


wtxl_Florida_public_employeesWTXL: Breaking Down the third week of Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session

Political Contributor Trimmel Gomes appeared on Thursday’s news at 6:00 to break down the latest from a busy Florida Legislative Session.


GTN_News_florida_Public_EmployeesGTN News: Florida Legislators Look to Add More Sales Tax Holidays

Representatives are preparing a bill in a House subcommittee which would create four sales tax holidays in Florida for this next year. Items with designated tax exempt periods would be gym memberships, school supplies, hurricane preparedness items, and energy efficient appliances.


Florida_Writing_Test_Public_EmployeesState Impact: New Florida Writing Test Will Use Computers To Grade Student Essays

The essays will be scored by a human and a computer, but the computer score will only matter if the score is significantly different from that of the human reviewer. If that happens, the documents indicate the essay will be scored by another human reviewer.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Enterprise Florida opens offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai

“We are opening these full-service offices to provide support to a growing number of Chinese companies interested in doing business in Florida,” Swoope said in a statement. “The state is continuing its strong recovery and provides an unmatched investment opportunity for Chinese companies looking to grow in the United States.”

Sunshine_State_NewsSunshine State News:  Rick Scott Touts Job Availability in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott praised the availability of jobs in Florida on Thursday — available job openings in Florida increased in February 2014 compared to the previous February by 9,727, or 3.6 percent, for a total of 278,717 openings.


David_Jolly_florida_public_employeesTampa Bay Times:  New congressman David Jolly meets with St. Petersburg mayor

ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. David Jolly has been making the rounds with local elected officials since his March 11 election, most recently meeting Thursday with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel: Lawmakers tap the brakes on red-light camera repeal — for now

Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, decided to delay the vote on the proposal (SB 144), which he is sponsoring. The bill is expected to return to the committee Wednesday. Brandes’ red light proposal and the House version (HB 4009) have yet to get votes by committees this session.


Property_Insurance_Florida_Public_EmployeesThe Florida Current:   Senate bill that would loosen FRS “Double Dipping” law passes first committee

A bill that would loosen some restrictions on the Florida Retirement System “Double Dipping” law passed its first committee Thursday morning with a unanimous vote.


Property_Insurance_Florida_Public_EmployeesThe Florida Current:

PCB HHSC 14-01 would offer a pilot project where some elective procedures would be given a reference price and it would be up to state workers to find a specialist who can meet or go below cost. The bill also would offer four benefit levels that best fit the needs of the state worker or his or her family.


Scott_Vehicle_Fee_Cut_Florida_Public_EmployeesThe Florida Current: Vehicle fee cut worth $395 million heads to Scott’s desk

Scott said he would sign SB 156 as soon as possible, and used the occasion to bash his predecessor and likely general election opponent, former governor and newfound DemocratCharlie Crist, by name for the first time.


Obama_Visits_Miami_florida_public_EmployeesMiami Herald: President Obama visits Miami to raise money for Democrats still hurting from Alex Sink’s loss in congressional race

A week after Democrats suffered a stinging congressional loss in Florida, President Barack Obama came to the Sunshine State for a Thursday rally and two Miami fundraisers to help his party’s U.S. House and Senate campaign efforts.

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