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Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Court: Florida workers comp law is unconstitutional, legislature cheated injured workers

Miami judge declared Florida’s long-controversial workers’ compensation law unconstitutional Wednesday, saying successive state legislatures had so diminished medical care and wage-loss benefits for injured workers that the statute now violates employees’ “fundamental” rights.


florida-public-employees-UTD-teacher-rallyMiami Times:  Teachers attend rally to kick off school year

Over 600 teachers, education support professionals, and local and national business partners Monday converged on the Bank United Center at the University of Miami to hear from Union President Fedrick C. Ingram.


TBOTBO: Judge rules against Scott in records lawsuit

A Florida judge on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Rick Scott in an ongoing lawsuit over whether his administration flouted the state’s public records law.


TBOTBO:  Some companies vying for Hillsborough jail contract have pasts to overcome

Hillsborough County sheriff’s are deciding which company to pick to treat sick and injured jail inmates. As they sort through seven bids, they have to weigh not only what the businesses promise to provide in the future but what they have done right – and wrong – in the past.


florida-public-employees-Carlos-Gimenez-LayoffsInsurance News Net: Miami-Dade warns hundreds of police officers to get ready for layoffs

A list provided by the county law-enforcement union shows a broad range of staffers at risk from the plan to cut about 270 positions from the county police force once the new budget year begins Oct. 1.


florida-public-employees-Orlando-bus-safetyClick Orlando:  Orange County schools focus on bus safety, anti-bullying

The return to school means hundreds of school buses will be back on the roads. And this week, drivers are training to make sure kids stay safe. The district has its drivers focus on more than getting behind the wheel of their bus and driving their routes every day. Their training this week took a special emphasis on customer service and anti-bullying.



Florida Governor Rick Scott’s new environmental platform calls for raising maximum fines well above “ridiculous” current levels, yet polluters are not assessed anywhere near maximum fines while a large portion get no fine at all, according to the latest state figures compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Health insurance for Florida employees gets another look

In Florida, 54 percent of state workers are enrolled in zero-deductible plans compared with 45 percent nationwide. Florida doesn’t offer any high-deductible plans, defined as $1,500 or more; nationally, 4 percent of public workers are enrolled in such plans, the report said.





florida-public-employeesMichelle-RheeSacbee:  Michelle Rhee stepping down as CEO of Sacramento-based StudentsFirst

Michelle Rhee, the prominent and controversial education figure who is the wife of Mayor Kevin Johnson, announced on Wednesday that she is stepping down from her post as chief executive of StudentsFirst, the national advocacy organization she founded in 2010.


floirda-public-employees-Gil-KerlikowskeSeattle PI:  Ex-Seattle PD chief now top immigration cop

Kerlikowske, a career lawman with both federal and local credentials, stepped into the CBP role in March after five years in the significant but comparatively low-key role of White House drug czar. Almost immediately, he was swept up in the whirlwind of the Rio Grande Valley immigration surge.


florida-public-employees-Ron-TomalesThe Morning Call: Ron Tomalis resigns under pressure as Tom Corbett’s education adviser

Ron Tomalis is resigning from his nearly $140,000 job as Gov. Tom Corbett’s special adviser on higher education….. ABC-27, a Harrisburg-based TV station, revealed Tomalis had no office phone number or voice mail within the department, and that his nameplate was installed on an office door only after publication of the Post-Gazette story.


florida-public-employees-missouri-police-shootingOrlando Sentinel:  Shooting of black teen highlights racial divide in Missouri town

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, and subsequent violent protests, highlight a stubborn racial divide in a St Louis suburb that has struggled to build healthy relations between blacks and whites.


florida-public-employees-Liquor-Board-FinedPenn Live: Former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board official fined for failure to disclose vendor-hosted golf trips on financial disclosure forms

A former senior Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board official has been fined $500 by the State Ethics Commission for failing to report his participation in several out-of-state golfing trips paid for by PLCB vendors in 2010 and 2011.


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