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Lawmakers Tout Financial Literacy Despite Bill Floundering

From L: Mike Sheely, Tiffany Carr of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples), Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring), House Majority Leader Dana Young
Nick Evans

Advocates for victims of domestic abuse are highlighting the importance of financial literacy.  State officials applaud contributions from private companies but legislation to expand the program in public schools died again this session.

Allstate official Mike Sheely says victims who want to leave abusive relationships are often held back by fears for their financial stability.  So, the Allstate Foundation is awarding the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence 100,000 dollars to support financial literacy programs.  But for the second year running, a bill to expand financial literacy instruction in schools failed without a hearing.  Rep. Irv Slosberg (D-Del Ray Beach) says sometimes even good bills die.

“Sometimes it takes years to get something done here.  And I’m sure Heather is going to be persistent and get it done,” Slosberg says.

Heather is Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen (R-Fort Meyers).  She sponsored the House measure, but with the bill failing, her office is working on a budget amendment to launch a pilot program in two counties.  Rep. Jimmie Smith (R-Lecanto) joined Slosberg at the event, and both say they would support Fitzenhagen’s proposal.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.