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  • After a dour half-decade, Florida budget picture inches closer to ‘rosy’

     
    TALLAHASSEE — For the first time in five years, Florida policymakers are looking at a horizon free of projected budget shortfalls, thanks to growing tax collections and cuts to classrooms, road-building and the state’s social safety net. The state’s top
  • Bondi: Foreclosure funds not going to state employee pay raises

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi shot down any speculation that she would let the more than $300 million the state received help fund state employee pay raises. “It will not be used for pay raises if I have anything to do with it,...

    Senate prison privatization moves forward

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Over the protests of corrections workers and with minimal public testimony, the Senate Budget Committee voted Wednesday to send to the floor the most sweeping prison privatization plan in the country. The committee met for two hours...

    Private prisons are a hard bargain to quantify

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's Republican-dominated Legislature is fast-tracking the most sweeping prison privatization plan in the country. Lawmakers had to respond after a circuit judge last summer dared to declare their last attempt had...

    House passes $69.2 billion budget, over complaints about charters, foster kids and colleges

     
    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House passed a $69.2 billion spending plan Thursday that boosts funding for classrooms, but also cuts payments to hospitals, steers school construction dollars to charters, and relies on higher tuition rates for college...