In The News Today – February 2, 2016

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Tallahassee Democrat: Committee approves raises for state workers

State employees would get a 3-percent pay increase starting July 1 if a proposal approved Monday by a Senate committee becomes law.


Florida Today: Grief counselors to help Rockledge students, staff

Rockledge High School students and faculty members will be met this morning with grief counselors as the campus begins to cope with the loss of teacher credited for her dedication and love of education.


FOX 13: Scott, Seminoles try to sell gambling deal

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott used a joint press conference Monday with the Seminole Tribe to pitch the economic impact of a proposed $3 billion gambling agreement now in the hands of the Legislature.


Sun Sentinel: United Ways in South Florida teaming up to offer tax help

This tax season marks the 10th anniversary of the Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day to help promote the national tax benefit that lifts more Americans out of poverty than any other federal program.


WFTV: Money to promote Poinciana Parkway goes to wife of county employee 

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County commissioners are spending nearly $18,000 to help promote the opening of the Poinciana Parkway this spring, but 9 Investigates found out there could be a conflict of interest in the deal.


Herald Tribune: Lyons: Was ‘confidential’ homeless plan hidden by accident?

A document improperly marked “confidential” and stored only on one Sarasota city employee’s laptop wasn’t released when it should have been in response to a public records request in December.


Daytona News Journal: SunRail recruits riders by pitching to employers

The marketing campaign has involved putting rider-submitted selfies on billboards along some of the most congested parts of Interstate 4, to get the attention of commuters stuck in traffic, and giving away Star Wars Pez dispensers on the release date of “The Force Awakens.”


Good Call: Teacher Loan Forgiveness in Florida Has Positive Effects, At Least in the Short Term

Loan forgiveness is a tricky policy. Even though today’s college students face exponentially higher education costs than their parents, and most will spend the better part of their twenties, thirties and even forties paying them back, the American public at large is still adamantly against widespread loan forgiveness for the 40 million students carrying a total of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.


Florida Times Union: Settlement on Keane’s special pension likely to face opposition on city council

Months of negotiations to settle the bitter legal dispute over John Keane’s pension covered a wide array of financial scenarios, including Keane initially asking for $800,000 up-front as part of his pension payouts, according to records used in those talks between Keane and top city administrators.


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