In The News Today – December 20, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Miami Herald:  Rats, bugs and ‘natural’ deaths at nation’s largest women’s prison

The Miami Herald found that McBride is among untold numbers of Lowell inmates who have suffered serious misdiagnoses, delays in treatment and medical ne glect over the past decade.

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News-Press:  Florida negotiating contract with union, state workers

Florida is negotiating a contract on working conditions for the nearly 14,000 members of AFSCME Local 79 employed by the state. While number of paid union members is small, the collective bargaining agreement will apply to all 98,000 members of the State Personnel System since Florida is a right-to-work state. The agreement expires June 30.

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TBO: Lawmakers open to raises for state workers, 3,600 in Hillsborough

TALLAHASSEE — Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature who have opposed pay increases for state employees in the past now say they support the idea. It’s just not clear what’s possible.

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Tampa Bay Times: Romano: Flood insurance program could be under water without Florida policies

It’s beginning to look like residents in Florida were seriously unhappy with the NFIP’s extortion-like rate hikes, and with the feeble justifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to data collected by the Palm Beach Post, the NFIP has lost nearly 300,000 policies in Florida since 2009.

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Florida Today: Posey votes against spending bill despite NASA hike

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Posey voted against the $1.1 trillion spending bill that cleared Congress on Friday because he viewed it as a combination of excessive debt and bad policy.

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Daytona News-Journal: Volusia schools district’s credit reports say salary hikes increase debt

As teachers lobby for more pay and many prepare to stop working beyond their contracted hours if an agreement isn’t reached soon, reports released Friday by bond agencies say that the district is facing deficits that stem from growing enrollment, increased staffing and salary increases.

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Florida Times Union: Gulliford steps in on HRO while Mayor Curry mulls

Jacksonville City Councilman caught City Hall off guard last week when he abruptly changed the dynamic of the latest effort to expand discrimination protections for Jacksonville’s LGBT community by introducing a plan to let voters, not city leaders, make the decision.

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TBO: Education bills include changing commissioner to elected job

TAMPA — Lawmakers will consider legislation next month to move toward the selection of a state education commissioner through election by voters rather than appointment by the governor, reversing a change made 13 years ago.

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Florida Politics:  STEVE CRISAFULLI SAYS RICK SCOTT MAY GET HIS $1 BILLION IN TAX CUTS

Florida House of Representatives Speaker Steve Crisafulli on Friday said lawmakers may well give Gov. Rick Scott his requested $1 billion tax cut in next year’s state budget.

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