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Capital Report: 02-21-2014

Florida’s colleges and universities have their sights set on one big goal; getting more money.  But convincing state lawmakers to loosen their grip on the purse strings has proved tough in recent years.  Now, as Lynn Hatter reports, the schools are poised to collect millions more in so-called performance pay.  But not every school will be able to cash in.

The question of who should qualify for the less expensive in-state tuition rate in Florida would seem to be pretty straightforward.  But, as Bobbie O’Brien with member station WUSF in Tampa tells us, one out-of-state student group is arguing they should be an exception to the rule.

Bills before the Legislature this session are aimed at ending discrimination against pregnant women and LGBT people. As Jessica Palombo reports, the measures are among several aimed at fairness and equality—but the biggest hurdle for some of them may be getting a first hearing.

We’ve all heard that “location, location, location” is the key to real estate value.  And as the Florida legislation session edges closer, it seems location is a pretty important part of the state’s gaming conversations, too.  Regan McCarthy takes a look at how the state’s gaming overhaul plans may affect North Florida.

Certainly North Florida isn’t the only location where the gaming battle rages.  Carmel Delshad with member station WMFE in Orlando says Central and South Florida are involved even more in the struggle.

As Florida lawmakers look to overhaul the state’s retirement system, there are many hurdles ahead for the pension reform plans now before the senate.  That body and the Florida House haven’t agreed on a plan yet.  A special exemption is splitting employee unions and a study with the necessary numbers is not yet complete and THAT’s pitting some Republicans against each other.  Sascha Cordner reports on the drama ahead.