With Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad’s departure weeks away, Governor Rick Scott is now a step closer to naming the Secretary’s replacement. A nine-member panel tasked with narrowing down the list of candidates for the job recommended three to the Governor Thursday.
After talking over the nine listed applicants, the Florida Transportation Commission unanimously chose Jim Boxold—FDOT’s current chief of staff—as the first nominee. And, Commissioner Beth Kigel says he’s done a great job in the past.
An expiring stay in a federal appeals court case has led to speculation that same-sex couples in Florida might start walking down the aisle early next year. But it may not be quite that simple.
On January 5, an order delaying a federal court ruling against Florida’s same-sex marriage ban will expire. But Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer says attorneys have advised the state’s clerks not to begin issuing marriage licenses.
Moving state employees into riskier, but potentially more profitable retirement plans is just one way to trim the state’s $77 billion budget, Florida TaxWatch, a government watchdog group, recommended in its annual report released Thursday.
Robert Weissert, TaxWatch’s chief researcher, says lawmakers should look hard at the recommendations while they decide how to spend a $ 1 billion surplus.
“Budget surpluses do not mean that we should not spend taxpayer money wisely,” he said.
A Central Florida middle school teacher has taken the year off to travel the state while living as a homeless person. Tom Rebman hopes to raise awareness as well as compassion for the more than 40,000 people living on the street in Florida.
Rebman started his awareness program in Orlando where he survived by panhandling and relying on donations. He slept on the street or in shelters,