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May 6, 2104
Florida Legislature and Politics
Tallahassee Democrat: Highlights from Florida’s new $77.1-billion budget
The Florida Legislature passed a nearly $77.1-billion budget on Friday before ending its 60-day annual session.
Here are 10 things to know about the spending plan:
Tallahassee Democrat: FRS change fails despite the right friends
In a column or two several weeks ago, I discussed in detail the various plans being put forth for steering more public employees out of the traditional pension plan, and encouraging them to sign up for the investment retirement plan. Those plans didn’t have much going for them except the speaker of the House of Representatives, the Republican leadership of the Senate and Gov. Rick Scott.
Sun Sentinel: New tuition policy expected to benefit South Florida
Only a few hundred students are expected to initially enroll in South Florida universities as a result of new legislation aiding undocumented immigrants with tuition breaks, but for them it’s a major milestone.
TBO: School tax increase equals Scott’s other tax cuts
TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott will bring his re-election campaign to Tampa on Tuesday to tout a new state budget with $574 million in increased education spending along with $500 million in tax cuts.
Tampa Bay Times: Florida Speaker Weatherford exits public stage, says he’ll be back
TALLAHASSEE — As he looks ahead to an uncertain future, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford wants to be remembered as a compassionate conservative who promoted the hopes of the working class with measures like lower auto tag fees for all and in-state tuition for undocumented children.
Local and County
Miami Herald: Student arrest underscores hacking threat, but Miami-Dade says grading system is secure
It used to be that a cheating student hoping to stealthily change a grade might try to use a few strokes from a pen or marker to make an “F” look like a “B.” Or if they were ambitious, an “A.”
Herald Tribune: Report: Why did officers break in to city hall? To find a better bathroom
BRADENTON – Two Bradenton Police detectives assigned to the department’s narcotics unit stand accused of breaking into Bradenton City Hall after hours and leaving the building unlocked and unsecure for an entire weekend.
News 4 Jax: School security guard accused of sex with student on campus
According to a police report, 25-year-old Douglas Tilley was arrested in January, but details weren’t released until Channel 4 made a request under Florida public records law. Even then, Channel 4 can’t show the suspect’s picture because he’s related to a police officer.
Herald-Tribune: Judge rules officer’s notes on homeless are private
SARASOTA – A Sarasota police lieutenant does not have to make public his notes from a tour of homeless shelters, a judge ruled on Monday.
The Ledger: Former LPD Chief Womack Blasts Commission; Says She Did Not Get Due Process
LAKELAND | Former Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack condemned commissioners Monday for not giving her due process during a 30-minute discussion of a report clearing City Manager Doug Thomas of wrongdoing.
WPLG: Former Miami-Dade County employee accused of extorting vendor
MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A former Miami-Dade County employee, who worked for the public works department for about two decades, was accused of accepting bribes that included cruise vacations, airline tickets, hotel stays and theater tickets.
WCTV: North Florida Targeted For Millions In State Budget
Tens of millions of dollars in Florida tax dollar funding are ticketed for the Tallahassee area.
The biggest project dollars are going to area college campuses.
Miami Herald: Miami-Dade County Commission to decide if property appraiser question goes on ballot
Miami-Dade County commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposed ballot question that appeared on the verge of being scrapped entirely a few days ago after the board chairwoman made it clear that she dislikes the measure.
The White House: President Obama Hosts Cinco de Mayo Reception at the White House
This afternoon, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama hosted a reception in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
WYKU: Mixed Returns For Kentucky Public Pensions
Financial documents show that the Kentucky Retirement Systems dramatically underperformed last year, when compared to its cousin, the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.
NJ: Base public pensions on total lifetime earnings: Opinion
“First make it fair.” This should be the rallying cry for New Jersey taxpayers and public employees alike for our state’s pension system, especially because it would save considerable money and make a positive contribution to the state’s financial health during this time of fiscal crisis.
Fort Mills Times: Florida School District Employee With More Than 50 Years of Service Named National ‘LifeChanger of the Year’ Grand Prize Winner
MONTPELIER, VT. — National Life Group today announced that Betty Chandler, a parent resource liaison at Eccleston Elementary school in Orlando, FL, has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for its national 2013-14 LifeChanger of the Year award.
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