In The News Today – March 7, 2016



Tampa Bay Times:  Relations between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Legislature hit low point — and could get worse

Gov. Rick Scott’s relations with fellow Republicans who control the Legislature are at an all-time low, and as the 2016 session enters its last week, he’s perilously close to becoming a lame duck with nearly three years left in his term.


TBO: Divide growing between Florida governor, other Republicans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since charging into office some five years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has routinely had an awkward relationship with the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature and other GOP officials.


TBO: Legislators reach deal on school building, worker benefits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators racing against the clock on Sunday reached important budget deals on everything from school construction to pay raises to state workers.


The Ledger: Thousands of state workers likely to keep low cost premiums

TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of state workers including Gov. Rick Scott are expected once again to keep paying low rates for health insurance.


Mother Jones: Are Big Power Companies Pulling a Fast One on Florida Voters?

The Florida Supreme Court is set to weigh in on a controversial ballot measure that environmentalists warn could erect a new obstacle for the state’s struggling renewable energy industry.


POLITICO: Cruz super PAC aims to take out Rubio in Florida

One of Ted Cruz’s super PACs says its aiming to take out Marco Rubio in his home state of Florida.


St. Augustine Record: Florida state pension plan finds profits with hedge funds

The head of Florida’s $140 billion pension plan admits that hedge funds are complicated, costly and fraught with potential pitfalls.


Medical Daily:  Without Paid Sick Leave, US Workers Avoid Medical Care, Face Serious Health Consequences

Some 145 countries require paid sick leave, including Australia, France, Sweden, and the U.K. In Germany, employers must provide at least six weeks of sick leave per illness. The United States is not included in that list, as federal law doesn’t require employers to provide workers and their families with paid sick leave. Only Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon have laws that offer paid sick leave to employees.


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