Florida budget http://wlrn.org en Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-lawmakers-can-negotiate-state-budget-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Legislature will pass a flurry of bills this week. But the only thing they’re constitutionally required to do is pass a state budget.</span></p><p>Lawmakers settled on a budget worth slightly more than <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/29/4088269/budget-clock-starts-ticking-for.html" target="_blank">$77 billion – the largest in state history</a>. They’ll vote on the spending plan Friday night to close out the legislative session.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:56:20 +0000 Gina Jordan 31599 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session http://wlrn.org/post/what-florida-education-association-looking-during-legislative-session <p>In his State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott promoted his $18.8 billion budget for education.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But if it were up to Florida Education Association president Andy Ford, there would be even more money going to Florida’s public schools.</span></p><p>The Florida Education Association is the state umbrella group for Florida teachers’ unions. Before the legislative session began, Ford sat down with StateImpact Florida to talk about policy priorities this year.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:24:36 +0000 Sammy Mack 28770 at http://wlrn.org What The Florida Education Association Is Looking For During The Legislative Session Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November http://wlrn.org/post/medical-marijuana-question-goes-florida-voters-november <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: The Florida State Supreme Court allows a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to appear on the November ballot. We’ll see how that could affect the governor’s race.</span></p><p>Governor Rick Scott has a $72.4 billion dollar spending plan for the state: the biggest cut was to the state agency that runs the Medicaid program because the state won’t be receiving federal money under the Affordable Care Act. What will that mean for the approximately 3 million Medicaid recipients in Florida?</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:08:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 27234 at http://wlrn.org Medical Marijuana Question Goes To Florida Voters This November Florida's Education Budget By The Numbers http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-education-budget-numbers Gov. Rick Scott has signed a budget that&#8217;s very different than the one he&#8217;s been paying for since he authorized massive education cuts two years ago.<p>Back then, <a href="http://www.seolawfirm.com/2011/04/florida-governor-rick-scott-is-growing-more-unpopular-by-the-minute/">pundits speculated Scott may have sealed his fate as a one term governor</a> when he proposed a few billion dollars worth of cuts to education. Thu, 23 May 2013 19:30:11 +0000 Gina Jordan 14547 at http://wlrn.org