May 20, 2014 Daily News Recap

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May 20, 2014



Rick_ScottTampa Bay Times: Gov. Scott, Legislature want state Supreme Court to dismiss blind trust lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and fellow Republicans in the Florida Legislature want the state Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a year-old law allowing elected officials to place assets in a blind trust.


Business Journal:  Florida among top 10 states where people want to work from home

Florida companies looking to attract more job candidates may want to consider allowing employees to work from home, according to a new study by FlexJobs.


Florida's_PortsFlorida Today: Funding flows to Florida’s ports

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday celebrated the soon-to-open, $915 million PortMiami tunnel.


Congressional_Redistrict_MapsFlorida Current: GOP consultant got preview of congressional maps

A top Republican campaign strategist testified Monday that GOP consultants got an early preview of different congressional redistricting maps, before they were made public, but denied advising legislative leaders on ways to protect Republican lawmakers’ seats.



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Space_ProjectsSpace News: Florida Lawmakers OK $42.5 Million for Space Projects

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Florida legislators authorized $42.5 million for space-related programs for the state’s 2015 budget year that begins July 1, including revamping the space shuttle’s runway and landing facilities at the Kennedy Space Center for commercial users.





Jackson Sun   Stanford column: Great for investors, horrible for students

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott opposes universal pre-K, arguing that we should not spend tax dollars on unproven education methods. But earlier this month in rolling out the third plank of his education platform, he proposed doing even worse — spending more money on something we know doesn’t work: K12 Inc.,


Bloomberg: Lower-Rung Workers Get Leg Up in Goldman’s View as U.S. Grows

Life is looking up for Marco Ruiz, whose four months of unemployment ended in December when a landscaping company in Dallas hired him at $9.50 an hour, with small raises since then and a promotion two weeks ago.


Public_PensionsForbes:   A Heist Forty Times Greater Than Madoff

In a heist forty times greater than Madoff, nearly a quarter of all state and local public pension assets have disappeared. Six hundred and sixty billion dollars in state workers’ retirement savings have been taken off the radar– swept into the highest-cost hedge, private equity, venture and real estate funds ever devised byWall Street.


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