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May 12, 2014
My News 13: Gov. Rick Scott to sign tax-free hurricane shopping bill today
Today, Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill into law that would let you get all the hurricane supplies you need without paying taxes.
Huffington Post: Charlie Crist Goes After ‘Fraud’ Rick Scott
Completing a weekend that kicked off the governor’s race in the crucial Tampa Bay area, former Gov. Charlie Crist roused a crowd of Democrats on his home turf in Pinellas County Saturday by telling them Gov. Rick Scott is “a fraud.”
Daily News: Florida boy donates $1,650 to police for his birthday
Noah Hall-King, a 6-year-old philanthropist, persuaded relatives and strangers to donate cash to the Ocoee Police Department instead of giving him birthday presents.
Sun Sentinel: Florida politicians angered by VA errors, inefficiency
In the past several weeks, politicians from Republican Gov. Rick Scott to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, have blasted the $154 billion agency and its contractors on issues ranging from the VA’s transparency over patient deaths to the speed in which an overdue veterans hospital is being built in Central Florida.
News Journal: State budget leaves school districts on hook for tax increases
…property owners might not be singing its praises when they get word of their new tax bills — because that same budget also means they’ll be paying about $400 million more than they did last year to support local schools.
Tallahassee Democrat: Florida stands by lethal injections cocktail
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration says it is sticking by the current triple-drug formula despite the drawn-out death of Oklahoma Death Row inmate Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack 43 minutes after the execution began on April 29.
Local and County
Miami Herald: Trial starts over redistricting in Orlando area
Sun Sentinel: Large employers hiring as revenues rise
Five of South Florida’s biggest public companies have announced both strong revenue growth and increased hiring in the past month: Ultimate Software, AutoNation,Citrix Systems, NextEra Energy and its electric utility Florida Power & Light Co.
KeysNews: Study looks to similar counties salaries
A Monroe County government commissioned study on salaries found that its workers make less on average than other government workers in the Florida Keys and in other expensive communities.
Tampa Bay Times: FDOT says no to private toll road in Pasco County
The Department of Transportation is officially passing on a private company’s plan to build a toll road in south Pasco County.
Orlando Sentinel: Orange’s Hispanic voting-rights lawsuit begins
The plaintiffs, represented by the New York City-based civil-rights group LatinoJustice PRLDEF, allege that Orange leaders in 2011 crafted new political borders that diluted Hispanic voting strength.
TBO: Local veterans’ hospitals part of nationwide audit
Like counterparts around the country, officials at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa and the C.W. “Bill” Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines are preparing for an audit ordered by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in the wake of problems veterans are having accessing care nationwide.
Integrity In Education: Report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & Abuse
Release: “A new report released today reveals that fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”
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