Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability

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Trying to find gainful employment when you’re disabled can be varying degrees of frustrating, depending on the nature of your disability. But the Florida legislature is moving to alleviate some of those headaches.

Governor Rick Scott’s latest budget proposal allocates 8 million dollars to move people with disabilities off of a waiting list for, and onto, a Medicaid Waiver program. Melanie Mowry Etters, spokesperson for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, says the program provides disabled people with extra services both during the job hunt and after they’re employed.

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Florida is one of nine states that don’t currently have a poet laureate. But for the second year in a row the Florida Senate is trying to change that.

State poet laureates have had a checkered history. Former Illinois laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, for instance, embodied her rough-and-tumble Chicago upbringing in her work.

But others have caught flak. New Jersey even went so far as to eliminate the position altogether when poet Amiri Baraka wrote what some saw as an anti-Semitic work in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and then refused to step down from his post.