Sen. Rob Bradley

Long-awaited water-quality funding could ‘transform’ Florida

BY: - November 7, 2019

Requesting a second year of record funding for water-quality projects, Florida’s top environmental official told state senators Thursday that dedicated annual funding could transform Florida following years of under-investment. “We’ve got Everglades restoration on steroids now,” said Noah Valenstein, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection. “You’re looking in the next three to four […]

FL Gov. DeSantis wants to boost minimum teacher pay to $47.5K a year

BY: - October 7, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to boost starting teacher pay in Florida to among the highest in the nation. In a series of press conferences around the state on Monday, the first-term Republican governor outlined a $603 million plan to set the minimum salary for all teacher at $47,500 a year, beginning in the 2020-21 academic […]

It’s a gamble: Will new Lottery warning labels shortchange Florida’s education budget?

BY: - June 26, 2019

Did Florida lawmakers legislate “responsibly” when they passed a measure that would require Florida Lottery tickets to warn buyers about the addictive nature of gambling? It will be up to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to decide that question. On Tuesday, legislative leaders sent DeSantis a bill (HB 629) that will require all Lottery tickets, advertisements […]

Ready, set, go. Lawmakers start nitty gritty state budget talks

BY: - April 23, 2019

Florida lawmakers began formal negotiations on a new state budget on Tuesday, with legislative leaders saying they are moving toward agreement on a plan to provide money for affordable housing around the state. Senate President Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, and House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami-Dade County Republican, briefly addressed the House and Senate […]

Free breakfast before taking the ACT college entrance exam

BY: - April 10, 2019

With thousands of students preparing to take the ACT college entrance exam in a few days, the ACT company is offering free breakfast to kids  in certain Florida and Texas schools. It’s part of a pilot project that launched last fall and is now expanding, with more than 1,000 students in Florida taking part in […]

Constitution

Power to the people? Lawmakers want to ditch a state commission that has spurred important changes to Florida’s Constitution

BY: - February 6, 2019

From prohibiting offshore oil and gas drilling to phasing out the troubled industry of greyhound racing, Floridians went to the polls last November to make dramatic changes to the state’s Constitution. The amendments were a big deal – 11 of 12 were approved – and several stemmed from Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, known as the […]