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DeSantis' Record-High $91.3 Billion Budget Nevertheless Strives to Cut Taxes

February 1, 2019 - 2:00pm

In what would be the largest budget in state history, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday released a proposed $91.3 billion spending plan that would increase school funding, pump money into water-quality projects and trim taxes. DeSantis’ proposal is a starting point for lawmakers, who will negotiate a 2019-2020 budget during the legislative session that starts March 5. The Legislature typically makes significant changes to spending proposals offered by governors.

Judge Karen Gievers Rules against State on Medicaid Contract

January 29, 2019 - 6:00am

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has quickly appealed after a circuit judge ruled that it improperly awarded a Medicaid managed-care contract in Southwest Florida.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers last week rejected AHCA’s contract with Molina Healthcare of Florida, Inc., finding the agency exceeded a limit on the number of health plans that state law allows to serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties. 

Lawmakers Could Revisit School Funding Formula

January 28, 2019 - 8:00am

A House panel Thursday began delving into an arcane and potentially controversial issue that has lingered in Florida’s education system for years --- how to divvy up money among the state’s school districts.

The issue focuses primarily on determining how much it costs to hire teachers and other school employees in various parts of the state. A price-level index, which is calculated to try to represent those costs, is part of a broader formula that lawmakers approve each year to distribute money to districts.

Senate Prepares for 'AOB' Insurance Fight

January 23, 2019 - 6:00am

A Senate committee plunged again Tuesday into a debate about the controversial insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits,” with the chairman vowing to resolve the issue after unsuccessful attempts in past years.

John Morgan Petitioning to Put $15/Hour Minimum Wage on 2020 Ballot

January 22, 2019 - 3:00pm
John Morgan

After spearheading efforts to pass a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, Orlando attorney John Morgan said Tuesday he is moving ahead with a ballot drive aimed at gradually raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

State Board of Education Grapples with Hurricane Aftermath, School Security Issues

January 16, 2019 - 2:30pm
Andrew Pollock, new Board of Education member

With the annual legislative session nearing, lawmakers and education leaders likely will have to grapple with the fallout of Hurricane Michael on Northwest Florida school districts and continued questions about how to bolster school safety throughout the state.

Shortage of Math, Science and English Teachers Affects Student Performance

January 16, 2019 - 6:00am

The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools.

Justices Reject Challenge to State Education System

January 5, 2019 - 6:00am

A fiercely divided Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a nearly decade-long lawsuit that challenged whether the state has properly carried out a 1998 constitutional amendment that called for ensuring a “high quality” system of public schools.

Senate Pays $900,000 to Settle Retaliation Dispute

January 4, 2019 - 6:00am
Rachel Perrin Rogers and Jack Latvala

More than a year after sexual-harassment allegations brought down a powerful lawmaker, the Florida Senate has reached a $900,000 settlement with a legislative aide who said she was harassed and later faced retaliation.

NextEra Energy Starts 2019 as New Owner of Gulf Power

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