In The News: March 29, 2014

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Florida Public Employees – Daily News


March 29, 2014

Erik_Fresen_Florida_public_EmployeesFPE: Erik Fresen’s Claim of a “Pent-Up Demand” for Florida Vouchers Cannot Be Verified

Step Up for Students, the organization which administrates Florida’s voucher program watched Friday’s hearing in the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee and realized that Democrats wanted numbers that Rep. Erik Freseen (R-Miami) couldn’t provide.


Rick_Scott_FPBA_FHP_Florida_Public_Employeeswtxltv: Governor Scott blasts idea of quota-based bonuses for FHP troopers

The FPBA indicated the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles could potentially tie FHP trooper bonuses to the amount of tickets they write.


News_JournalNews-Journal:  Investigate lavish spending at Enterprise Florida

As reports mount detailing the lavish travel and wasteful purchasing practices of Enterprise Florida, a rising chorus of concerned Floridians and watchdog organizations is demanding that Scott investigate his agency’s misuse of taxpayer dollars.


St_Petersburg_TribuneSt. Petersburg Tribune:  School officials request FCAT extension

CLEARWATER — The stage is set for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test to be ushered out of local schools as early as 2015, but lobbying groups across the state say schools still need more time.


Florida_Times_UnionFlorida Times-Union: Property insurance claims divide Florida lawmakers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s chief financial officer went to the Legislature this spring with a simple request: grant additional protections to customers dealing with property insurance companies.



TBO: Nelson says he won’t run against Scott

TAMPA ­­— In case anyone was still wondering, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is taking himself out of contention as a possible candidate in the race for governor of Florida.



Miami Herald: Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘We cannot unilaterally disarm’ the NSA, ‘it makes the country less safe’

 WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama moves to rein in NSA data collection, Sen. Marco Rubio remains resolute.

Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Miami) went first in the House Education Committee yesterday and announced a “postponement” of HB 7083. Among other things, Diaz bill provided for standard charter school contracts, the mandatory sharing of public school buildings and would further ease restrictions for so-called “high-performing charter schools.”

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