Capital Report: 04-12-2017

Apr 12, 2017

After spending most of his political capital on a fight to save corporate tax incentives, Governor Rick Scott decided to weigh in this week on another business priority – rising workers’ compensation rates. Jim Ash has more.

Senate Democrats are huddling to discuss proposed changes to nursing home funding.  Nick Evans reports the chamber’s spending plan alters the way Medicaid dollars flow to facilities.

The House and Senate are between two and four billion dollars apart on their spending proposals for the upcoming fiscal year, depending on how you count. Debate over the bills began Wednesday in both chambers.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, and law enforcement agencies around the state are working to crack down on Florida’s opioid epidemic. As Sascha Cordner reports, the effort includes hosting a series of workshops and advocating for legislative fixes.

The Florida House will vote this week to establish what members call “schools of hope.” Democratic lawmakers say Republicans want to spend more than a billion dollars over several years on charter schools while starving public schools of funding. But Republican lawmakers and charter advocates say public schools are failing to educate students. Sarah Mueller reports.

Florida clerks of court are often considered the foundation of the state’s judicial system, but they say they no longer have enough money to do their jobs.Over the past several years, the states clerks of court have faced significant budget cuts.

Florida lawmakers are considering an update to the Stand Your Ground law. The state wants to make clear that residents won’t have to wait to be attacked in their homes before using deadly force. Kate Payne reports that has gun control advocates worried.