As the 2018 Primary Election approaches we're re-airing stories produced by reporters at WGCU, WJCT, WUSF and WLRN looking at where the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates stand on a host of issues.
By JESSICA BAKEMAN • AUG 15, 2018
About a quarter of Florida's nearly $90 billion state budget pays for public schools. The Democrats running for governor say that's not enough.
"We can never spend enough," former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine said during the first gubernatorial primary debate in April. His opponents for the Democratic nomination largely agree.
On the Republican side, the candidates have focused more on career training as their education priority. [Read More]
By JOHN DAVIS • AUG 15, 2018
Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north. [Read More]
By LINDSEY KILBRIDE • AUG 10, 2018
Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids. [Read More]
By ROBERTO ROLDAN • AUG 13, 2018
Whoever becomes the state's next governor will inherit a transportation system bogged down by crowded roads and a lack of mass transit options. [Read More]