In The News Today – November 18, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Donna Ward

Naples Daily News: Lee judge orders fired DAS employees reinstated in whistle-blower case

Lee Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Krier ordered that Lee County temporarily return Ward and Johnson to Domestic Animal Services because their July 2014 firings might have violated state laws protecting public whistle-blowers from workplace retaliation.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Agency secretary suggests dropping workers’ charitable campaign

Amid a controversy about the state employees’ charitable campaign, a Senate panel heard a presentation Tuesday by the secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, who suggested that the solution might be to get rid of the campaign altogether.

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Florida Bulldog: New union deal at Miami-Dade Schools to begin push toward $15 hourly minimum wage

A tentative agreement between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the union representing its general employees raises the minimum pay for some of district’s lowest paid workers to $10 an hour, marking what a top union official says is the start of a drive to obtain a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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Florida Today: Rocky Randels retires

Mayor Rocky Randels has been known for asking residents: “What can I do for you?”

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News-Journal: Flagler County officials petition state ethics panel to recoup legal fees

Flagler County attorneys have filed a petition with the Florida Commission on Ethics seeking to recoup legal fees from a resident who lodged an ethics complaint that county officials claim was loaded with false allegations.

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JC Floridan.com: Lakey out as county administrator

When the final 4-1 vote was cast, Ted Lakey closed his binder, picked up his belongings and left the meeting, pausing briefly to quietly tell his family members, “let’s go.”

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WSJ:  The Morning Risk Report: U.S. Tells Banks to ‘Manage’ Risk, Not Avoid It

A top U.S. Department of Treasury official spent an entire speech this week explaining the issue of de-risking, and how Washington is trying to fix the problem. Adam Szubin, acting undersecretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said to an anti-money-laundering enforcement conference that there’s more for Washington to learn before it develops policy around de-risking…..

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Moody’s: Moody’s affirms VMIG 1 on Gainesville (City of) FL Combined Utilities System Rev. Bonds 2005 Ser. C and 2006 Ser. A

… has affirmed the VMIG 1 rating of the City of Gainesville, FloridaVariable Rate …

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The Star:  Are you underpaid? Here are 13 signs to look for.

“It stands to reason, because for many, compensation is a concrete litmus test of how well you’re performing and progressing on the job — and how highly you’re valued,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”

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Florida Politics: PERSONNEL NOTE: VETERAN STATE CIO ROB FIELDS JOINS ONE EIGHTY CONSULTING

Rob Fields, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is joining One Eighty Consulting, a Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy firm.

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Florida Today: Florida legislators join push to bar Syrian refugees

Two GOP Florida congressmen are trying slightly different approaches in their efforts to keep Syrian refugees out of the country.

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POLITICO: House committee approves marijuana for terminal patients

A House criminal justice committee on Tuesday approved a bill that expands the “Right to Try” law to add medical marijuana to the list of products terminal patients are allowed to use in the last year of their life.

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