A legislative committee approved a report that projects a surplus in the budget year that starts in July.
State Lawmakers will have a $336 million surplus in the budget year which starts next July, a new draft state report issued Wednesday.
Republicans have had control of the Florida Legislature and governor’s office since 1999 and have used their power to restrict abortions, loosen gun laws, strip state workers of benefits, allow private school vouchers and enact a slew of other policy changes that Democrats opposed but could do nothing to stop.
A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state’s congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.
Florida Governor Rick Scott promised to raise school funding if he is re-elected.
State child welfare officials recently added five years of data to their new website aimed at improving transparency around child abuse deaths. The site was mandated by the Legislature.
Proposed special elections in the seven congressional districts redrawn by the Legislature earlier this week would have to wait until at least spring of next year, Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s office said in a court filing Friday.
The race for governor in the state of Florida could have some interesting effects depending on who is elected.
Lawmakers passed new congressional districts on nearly party-line votes in the House and the Senate on Monday, sending the map back to the courts as early voting opened in some counties.
Voters in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County are heading to polls Monday for the start of early voting. The early voting is for this year’s August 26 statewide primary.