Politics

State News
6:13 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Haridopolos wants to wait until March to pass a budget

Senate President Mike Haridopolos opened the 2012 legislative session Tuesday by warning lawmakers that once again, they will be forced to cut billions of dollars in state spending. James Call reports,  Haridopolos  says programs and people will be on the cutting block.

This year’s session is beginning two months early and because of redistricting. The early start means the legislature’s budget writers won’t have a full year of tax collection data. Haridopolos told  Senators early projections indicate a significant shortfall  that will force Senators to make difficult decisions.

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State News
6:10 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Scott to lawmakers: fund education, pass PIP reform

Governor Rick Scott had a very short wish list for Florida lawmakers Tuesday.  Tom Flanigan reports the governor did have two top priorities he wants to see addressed above everything else.

The top priority is more money for public schools.  In his State of the State address, Scott insisted the legislature up public school funding by just over a billion dollars.  The governor’s other priority is putting an end to personal injury protection or “PIP” fraud.  He says that’s costing auto insurance policy holders an extra nine-hundred million dollars.

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State News
4:30 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Budget, redistricting to dominate 2012 legislative session

The annual Florida state legislative session starts Tuesday at 10 in the morning. James Call reports, lawmakers’ yearly gathering in Tallahassee is beginning two months earlier than usual because legislators have to redraw Congressional and statehouse districts in time for the 2012 election.

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State News, Capital Report
4:27 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Lawmakers to lay foundation for higher ed reform in 2012

 

The 2012 legislative session kicks off Tuesday in Tallahassee and near the top of the to-do list is the beginning of a conversation on higher education reform. For months, Governor Rick Scott has talked about changing the way public universities are funded, and how faculty are paid and evaluated. Lynn Hatter reports while it may take years for the complete agenda to be fulfilled, the foundation will be laid this year.

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Capital Report
3:59 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Lawmakers set their sights on gambling in 2012

 

The Senate sponsor of a bill that would allow three destination casinos to open in Florida has rewritten the proposal. James Call reports, Fort Lauderdale Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff says she’s trying to build support among lawmakers to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the Sunshine State.

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