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November 4, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is leading Democrat Charlie Crist in the race for governor with days left before the election. WFSU’s Valerie Crowder spoke with Leon County voters who say their vote for governor is based on issues they care about, including abortion, education and the economy.

This election cycle, voters will decide whether to get rid of the Constitution Revision Commission. The appointed panel meets once every 20 years and can send proposed amendments directly to the ballot for voter consideration. Opponents argue abolishing the body would mean Floridians have less say over the document that governs their state, but supporters say keeping the commission in place limits voters' voices. Casey Chapter reports.

2 years ago this week (Nov. 3, 2020), Floridians voted to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour by the year 2026. It rose to 11 dollars an hour at the end of October. WMFE’s Talia Blake talked with Florida Policy Institute CEO Sadaf Knight (suh-DAHF – night) about the minimum wage going up and what to do if you’re not getting the money you’re owed.

The sheriff of a small North Florida County says there’s not enough money in his new budget for him to carry out his duties. Now Jackson County’s sheriff is asking Governor Ron DeSantis to step in. Regan McCarthy reports a law passed in 2021 lets law enforcement appeal their budgets to the governor and Florida cabinet.

The cost of buying a home has skyrocketed over the last few years – and that’s before mortgage rates began to go up. So, for some, home ownership is not possible. But there are government programs meant to help first time homebuyers. WLRN’s Danny Rivero brings us this story from South Florida about how those programs work – and don’t work.

As Alzheimer's disease increases in Florida, more and more family members are faced with the slow and painful challenge of providing care. WMFE's Joe Byrnes takes a look at how some Floridians in that situation are true to their commitment of "in sickness and in health." The Alzheimer's Association, at A-L-Z-dot-org, has resources for people taking care of someone with the disease.