Capital Report: 09-21-2018

Sep 21, 2018

The number of Floridians living in poverty has fallen since the Great Recession. But it’s still higher than the national average. According to federal data 14 percent of Floridians had incomes below the poverty line. The figure is closer to 13.2 percent nationally. Lynn Hatter takes a look what it means to live below the state poverty line, or in some cases, right on the edge.

We told you last week about a minimum wage case before the Florida Supreme Court. We heard from supporters of a 2016 Miami Beach ordinance. This week, Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan has reaction from the other side.

Gubernatorial candidates from both parties this week debuted their education platforms to Florida voters. Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum stand ideologically opposed on many fronts – like school choice and how to fund a teacher pay increase. But as Ryan Dailey reports, one educational issue is getting bipartisan support: workforce training.

The former head of Florida’s juvenile justice system has a new job. After four years at the helm of DJJ, Christy Daly left her post at the end of last month. Sascha Cordner reports on the highs and lows during her tenure.

After two major hurricane impacts last year, the Sunshine State seems to be more ready to respond to storms now than it has been in quite awhile.  But, as Regan McCarthy reports, that doesn’t mean the state’s storm preparations can’t be improved.