As thousands of students graduate and move onto college or the workforce, the State Legislature is heading into a special budget session, where funding for public schools like this one could reach record highs.
State Lawmakers will have a $336 million surplus in the budget year which starts next July, a new draft state report issued Wednesday.
One day after the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled documents obtained from a Republican consultant must remain confidential, lawyers are asking the state Supreme Court to release them.
It does not look as if State legislators will expand a Florida program that helps low income children attend private schools this year.
Education will be at the forefront of the new legislative session this month.
Some recovery in Florida’s economy has helped give lawmakers a chance to focus on new items rather than the budget.
The Florida House is at odds with the Senate over a plan to reduce fees for motorists in the Sunshine State. The Senate wants the rollbacks to happen all at once while the House is putting together a plan that would phase in the reductions.
It’s deep in the fourth quarter in the Florida Legislature and the supporters of the bills allowing Miami-Dade County voters to decide whether tourist tax dollars will go to upgrade Sun Life Stadium have gone to a hurry-up offense trying to get the bills passed.
A unanimous vote in the Florida Senate Tuesday would give citizens the right to be heard, and not just seen, at local government and state agency meetings.
State economists are preparing new budget forecasts for how much money the state should collect in taxes over the next few years.