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Latvala: Budget Cuts May Be Necessary To Pay For Teacher Raises

Oct 17, 2019

A House education panel on Thursday began delving into the issue of raising teacher pay, with a key lawmaker saying that while "everything is on the table," the panel still needs to figure out where the money would come from.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to propose sweeping legislation meant to address Florida's water woes in a press conference Wednesday outside a Jupiter sewage plant.

The proposals largely follow the recommendations of a panel of scientists DeSantis appointed in April - a sharp departure from his predecessor Rick Scott, who refused to meet with scientists. DeSantis said the broad measures will be aimed at the state’s biggest sources of pollution: farms, aging wastewater treatment plants, stormwater and treated human waste used as fertilizer.

A Soviet-born South Florida businessman arrested last week on federal campaign-finance charges seemed just “like any other donor,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.

These are second graders at Broward Elementary in Tampa.
Hillsborough County School District

A plan to raise minimum salaries for Florida teachers by an average $10,000 a year is being greeted by Tampa Bay union leaders with mild applause and great concern.

DeSantis Wants To Raise Minimum Teacher Salaries To $47,500

Oct 7, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to raise the minimum salary of Florida teachers to $47,500, a proposal that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and likely will be a key issue during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing a showdown about one of his highest-profile decisions: the ouster of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, whose fate now rests in the hands of the Florida Senate.

DeSantis Draws Praise From Trump On Prescription Drug Effort

Oct 4, 2019

President Donald Trump on Thursday swung through The Villages -- friendly territory amid an impeachment inquiry -- to announce health-care plans and, in the process, give Gov. Ron DeSantis a political boost.

The Southwest Florida Water Management Board met this week. At last.

The board had to cancel a meeting recently because it lacked enough members present to have a quorum. Only seven of its 13 seats were filled at the time, and one member did not attend. The other vacant seats were awaiting appointments from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration wants to boost spending next year on a controversial economic-development program, while tourism-marketing money wouldn’t increase, according to budget requests rolled out last week.

This courtroom shows where businesses believe they are unfairly treated, especially in Florida, which ranked 46th in the nation for its business lawsuit climate.
Karen Neoh/Flickr.com

Florida business leaders are declaring a renewed war against lawsuits, and they point to a new survey showing the state among the worst in the nation for litigation.

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In a state with a painful history of gun violence, Florida lawmakers swiftly condemned shootings that claimed 31 lives earlier this summer in Texas and Ohio.

GOVERNOR'S PRESS OFFICE; DAYLINA MILLER/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA; WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Florida Supreme Court justices are the highest-paid statewide officials, with their salaries substantially higher than the amounts paid to the governor, state Cabinet members and legislators.

USF, UF, FSU See Gains In Best College Rankings

Sep 9, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at Florida State University Monday morning, praising the school for ranking as the country's 18th best public university in the latest U.S. News and World World Report rankings.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials are bragging about the University of South Florida, Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

A dedication ceremony was held today in Tampa for a new mental health clinic that treats post-9/11 veterans and military families.
Cohen Veterans Network

A new mental health clinic opened in Tampa that provides free or low-cost care to post-9/11 veterans and military families.

Plastic straws
Wikimedia Commons

Governor Ron DeSantis said he wouldn’t vote for a plastic straw ban if he was a city or municipal leader.

The governor made the comments to local leaders at the Florida League of Cities conference Friday in Orlando.

people at the beach
Lisa Peakes/WUSF Public Media

Bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists, Florida’s visitor count continued at a record pace through the second quarter of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday.

Seminole Hard Rock Casinos
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Heading into a critical election year, Florida legislators may have to tighten spending because of a combination of a slowing economy and reverberations of financial decisions.

State economists on Wednesday drew up new estimates that predict the state will take in about $867 million less in revenue over two years than earlier anticipated. The new forecast was drawn up on the same day that the stock market tanked amid worries that a recession could be looming.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question.

Office of Financial Regulation Commissioner Ronald Rubin was fired on Thursday.
Office of the Financial Regulator

Florida’s top financial regulator was fired Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet members, after a controversy sparked by an employee lodging a sexual harassment complaint.

Students at Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo show off their drone flying skills to Governor DeSantis.
Carrie Pinakard / WUSF Public Media

By Carl Lisciandrello

The number of schools receiving an A grade increased by 63%, while the number of those receiving a grade of F dropped to just 15, according to number released by the Florida Department of Education on Thursday.

When Florida Cabinet members jetted off to Israel in late May, some state employees who traveled at taxpayer expense stayed in a more than $400-a-night luxury hotel in Jerusalem, where a Cabinet meeting was held.

More than a month after the trade mission ended, the full cost of the trip, proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is not clear.

lottery ticket
Florida Lottery

By Associated Press

A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday.

In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding.

By Erin O’Brien

Last March, the World Economic Forum and Treepedia ranked Tampa as the leading city in the world in the amount of green space and trees. A new law signed this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis might threaten the status.

Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said.
Mote Marine Laboratory

Associated Press

 Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a bill-signing event at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday.
Adam Bakst / WUSF Public Media

By News Service of Florida, Carrie Pinkard and Adam Bakst

Governor DeSantis said in Tampa Wednesday that he wants Florida to be the number one state for veterans.

He then promptly signed legislation that would help with that goal.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed or majorly damaged more than 7 percent of the homes in the Keys. A lot of those were ground level and mobile homes — what passes for affordable housing on the island chain.

On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to Marathon to announce a new state program that will provide $140 million for affordable workforce housing.

Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis essentially reversed his predecessors’ actions by giving back $2.3 million  to elections supervisors to spend on cyber security. The money was left over from a $19 million grant the federal government gave the state prior to the 2018 primary election.

Governor Ron DeSantis today signed off on a bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities” in Florida.  The effort sparked controversy during this legislative session, but its backers say it’s all about following the rule of law.

Florida Law To Allow Autonomous Cars - When They're Ready

Jun 14, 2019
A self-driving Google car, with no human on board. Such vehicles would be allowed to operate in Florida once they're capable of it.
Wikimedia Commons

Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida — once they're finally ready for prime time — under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Courtesy Governor's Press Office

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, calling the embattled Israeli prime minister a "strong leader" on the governor's final day of a trade mission to Israel.

The meeting came the day after Netanyahu failed to assemble a governing coalition, sending the country into a political crisis.

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