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  • 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...
  • Dockery says DOC records show private prisons aren’t cheaper

     
    TALLAHASSEE — With the Florida Senate poised today┬áto return to a contentious prison-privatization debate, one critic of the proposal to outsource prisons in 18 southern counties says the Department of Corrections' own calculations on...
  • Higher ed funding, road-building, remain key House-Senate sticking points

     
    TALLAHASSEE — With time running out on the 2012 session, Florida House and Senate leaders said Monday that they remained at odds on a few key issues, and tops among them is how deeply to cut Florida's colleges and universities. The House earlier...
  • Alexander says toll-revenue grab isn’t to benefit Heartland

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Senators are taking up the budget, and the Republican leadership is already fending off pointed questions about whether they plan to try and ram through dozens of substantive policy changes in the final hours of session — a...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Florida legislators face tough choices in a budget-crunching year

    Florida's lawmakers will gather at the budget-battered capital this year to confront a financial mess – but even so, they vow not to raise taxes. Federal stimulus money runs out midway through the fiscal year, blowing a billion-dollar hole in the...
  • My Word: Med-school funding far-reaching

    While these are difficult economic times, I am pleased that our local legislative leaders recognized that a potent prescription for the ailing economy was full funding for the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine. It is not an...
  • Sen. Alexander says keep western PBC open for sugar growers

     
    From Aaron Deslatte, of our sister paper the Orlando Sentinel: Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said Monday he's talked to Gov. Charlie Crist in recent weeks about keeping the majority of U.S. Sugar Corp.'s agricultural lands in the sugar-growing...
  • Florida senator: $1.7 billion U.S. Sugar deal costs too many jobs

     
    Sen. J.D. Alexander, a wealthy agricultural owner from Lake Wales and influencial lawmaker, is asking Gov. Charlie Crist to slow down the deal he announced this summer to pay $1.75 billion to buy out U.S. Sugar Corp. "For all of......