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Capital Report: 03-30-2015

Mar 30, 2015

Charter schools have historically gotten less funding than their traditional public school counterparts. The funding disparity has shrunk in recent years as lawmakers started steering more dollars to charters for building and maintenance projects. But as Lynn Hatter reports, that’s only exacerbated the fight over school construction money.

Capital Report: 03-27-2015

Mar 27, 2015

It’s nearly the half-way point of the session and lawmakers have already sent a stern message to Washington about President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba. But as Jim Ash reports, some Republicans are planning to go a step further. They want to join four other states calling for a constitutional convention, and ultimately, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution….Conservative Republicans are pushing Florida to join four other states in a “compact” that would eventually convene a constitutional convention.

Capital Report: 03-26-2015

Mar 26, 2015

The House is trumpeting its tax package this week, and Wednesday, Finance and Tax Committee chair Matt Gaetz ran through the proposals.  But Nick Evans reports the path ahead is far from certain with unresolved issues like healthcare looming.

Senate democrats are rallying around two sets of bills that would promote voting rights in the sunshine state. As Matthew Seeger reports, those  legislators vow to overturn all previous attempts at voter restriction in Florida.

Capital Report: 03-25-2015

Mar 25, 2015

A House panel spent part of Wednesday slashing away at the government red tape that developers blame for strangling Florida’s economy. But as Jim Ash reports, an attempt to rewrite the state’s growth management laws got off to a rocky start in the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee.

A bill reforming the way state prosecutors can charge juveniles as adults is starting to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature. Sascha Cordner reports.

Capital Report: 03-24-2015

Mar 24, 2015

Viewing Governor Rick Scott’s tax proposal as too light, the Florida House of Representatives has released its own tax cut plan.  It even has its own hashtag: “#NoTaxIsSafe.”  Matthew Seeger reports on the House’s announcement, as well as Scott’s own “Cut My Taxes Week” event.

As the Florida Senate began to consider an omnibus bill to reform Florida’s troubled prison system, a Florida House committee has now also started to look into its own comprehensive reform package. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, there’s already one major difference between the two measures.