state budget http://wlrn.org en Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-has-most-lose-state-budget <p>Miami-Dade County is eligible for more money than any other county in the state budget -- $1.8 billion. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">That makes the county more susceptible to budget vetoes before the budget goes into effect in July.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 18:51:36 +0000 Gina Jordan 33072 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Has Most To Lose In State Budget Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers http://wlrn.org/post/florida-arts-programs-get-highest-funding-ever-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.</span></p><p>“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:18:24 +0000 Gina Jordan 32829 at http://wlrn.org Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers Session Preview: Tax Cuts And Rosy Budget Outlook In An Election Year http://wlrn.org/post/session-preview-tax-cuts-and-rosy-budget-outlook-election-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">March 4</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;marks the start of the </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Calendar/2014/Session_Dates_2013-07-01_154802.PDF" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">2014 Florida Legislative session</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Capitol. It runs through May </span>2<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>For two months, lawmakers will consider proposed legislation on everything from marijuana to red-light cameras.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:00:41 +0000 Gina Jordan 28681 at http://wlrn.org Session Preview: Tax Cuts And Rosy Budget Outlook In An Election Year Government Watchdog Finds $1 Billion In Savings For Florida Taxpayers http://wlrn.org/post/government-watchdog-finds-1-billion-savings-florida-taxpayers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida </span>TaxWatch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a nonprofit government watchdog group, is out with its annual list of ways the state can cut costs and be more efficient -- without cutting services.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:06:53 +0000 Gina Jordan 23267 at http://wlrn.org Government Watchdog Finds $1 Billion In Savings For Florida Taxpayers Gov. Scott Launches Tax Cut Tour In West Palm Beach http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-launches-tax-cut-tour-west-palm-beach <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s your money, it’s no one else’s money," said Governor Rick Scott to an audience at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. “So we have to spend it in a manner that makes sense.”</span></p><p>The governor launched his “It’s Your Money” tour in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, just days after announcing his plans to cut taxes and fees by $500 million in the 2014 proposed budget.</p><p>The governor’s office says the tour offers a chance for Floridians to discuss taxes they want to see reduced.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:18:04 +0000 Christine DiMattei 20390 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Launches Tax Cut Tour In West Palm Beach Gov. Scott Signs Florida Budget; Explains Vetoes http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-signs-florida-budget-explains-vetoes <p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 0.25in; FONT-FAMILY: Calibri, sans-serif; FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 state budget into law today.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 18:59:38 +0000 Gina Jordan 14356 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Signs Florida Budget; Explains Vetoes Hey, Everybody! Florida Is Looking At A Budget Surplus Next Year http://wlrn.org/post/hey-everybody-florida-looking-budget-surplus-next-year <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5; ">Florida lawmakers are doing something they haven't done in years: adding money to state programs.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">The recession sent the state into multi-billion-dollar budget shortfalls that led to big cuts in education and state government payrolls.</span></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 12238 at http://wlrn.org Hey, Everybody! Florida Is Looking At A Budget Surplus Next Year New State Budget Would Boost Spending on Education, Teacher Pay http://wlrn.org/post/more-money-education-teachers-new-state-budget The Florida House has released its proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.<p>Speaker Will Weatherford says education was prioritized over everything else.<p>“The big winner is education,” Weatherford said. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:44:29 +0000 Gina Jordan 11726 at http://wlrn.org High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013 http://wlrn.org/post/high-stake-environmental-issues-florida-legislature-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/topic/florida-legislative-session-2013" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Florida Legislative Session 2013</a>&nbsp;is in full swing, and environmental groups are worried about a number of &nbsp;bills before lawmakers.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Organizations like</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://fl.audubon.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Audubon of Florida</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are foc Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10433 at http://wlrn.org High-Stake Environmental Issues Before The Florida Legislature in 2013 Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader http://wlrn.org/post/environment-back-table-legislative-session-says-senate-majority-leader <p>Tough economic times put environmental issues on the Florida Legislature's back burner in recent years, but this session should be different, according to <a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s20" target="_blank">Sen. Jack Latvala</a>&nbsp;(R-Clearwater), who sat on the panel at Monday night's Town Hall Session 2013 hosted by WLRN and the <em>Miami Herald</em>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:07:47 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9979 at http://wlrn.org Environment Back On The Table This Legislative Session, Says Senate Majority Leader What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects http://wlrn.org/post/what-gov-rick-scotts-742-billion-budget-would-mean-south-florida-environmental-projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>If Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $74.2 billion budget passes the Legislature intact, it would include $75 million for conservation land projects spearheaded by the <a href="http://floridaforevercoalition.org/">Florida Forever Coalition</a>. The 2013-2014 budget also includes $60 million for Everglades restoration and $6.5 million for restoring springs. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9106 at http://wlrn.org What Gov. Rick Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Would Mean For South Florida Environmental Projects