| Feb 25, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Not long ago, Florida was considered one of the worst states for child welfare. Today, in large part because of our forward-thinking Legislature, we're ranked fourth best by the Foundation for Government Accountability.
The transformation started in the...
| Feb 22, 2015
The Defense Department's fiscal 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to "destroy" the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association.
| Feb 9, 2015
| 7:11 PM
The Virginia General Assembly churned through hundreds of bills Monday, dealing with new day care rules, ethics reforms and drone regulations as a key legislative deadline approached.
It was the first of a two-day vote marathon, and the Senate in...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 12:08 PM
Fifty-one years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty. Since then, taxpayers have spent more than $22 trillion fighting Johnson’s war, three times the cost of all military wars in U.S. history. Last year, taxpayers spent...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 2:33 PM
A state legislator introduced a bill this session that would define some college athletes at public institutions as employees, allowing them to collectively bargain for increased benefits, such as better medical coverage, compensation when their name or...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 10:41 AM
In a small concrete-block office in downtown Orlando, Julie Colombino — a former Cirque aerialist turned disaster-relief worker — is trying to change the world through sandals.
Colombino, 35, is surrounded by scores of them: simple, hand-...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 9:27 AM
HARRISBURG -- The state has agreed to a nearly $49 million settlement with the federal government to resolve claims that it improperly paid public benefits to people who were ineligible between 2004 and 2010, according to a copy of the agreement.
| Feb 5, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Kudos to the Rev. Sharon Solt Harfman for her excellent and timely Faith and Values column.
She discusses the ridiculous tax-exempt status of major sports leagues, while they reap millions, if not billions, of profits for their league owners and millions...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 9:28 AM
The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.
As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 4:02 PM
We recently got a good dose of John Grasso's bilious blather about poor people and the idea that government should help provide them with a place to live at affordable rents. The poor "have issues," the Anne Arundel councilman said, adding that affordable...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 5:03 PM
Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs.
A bill facing its first...