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Politics
6:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Why Education Is A Top Issue In The Governor's Race

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist are making education a top issue during the campaign.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

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Miami-Dade Budget
9:26 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Cops Keep Jobs And Library Service Expands In Miami-Dade Budget Town Hall

Carlos Gimenez surprised residents at a town hall in Miami Gardens with more resources than previously reported in the Miami-Dade budget.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was interrupted by applause more than once as he laid out the $6.2 billion budget to a crowd of about 150 at the sixth and final town hall in Miami Gardens. 

Fire services would remain intact, Gimenez says. No cops would lose their jobs. The grass would be cut on time and county library services would actually be expanded.

North Dade Regional Library, where the town hall took place, will now go from 48 hours-a-week to 56 hours-a-week and will also open on Sundays.

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Animal Services
6:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Miami-Dade Starts Building Bigger Animal Shelter

Rescue dogs like this one will have a new home in the Fall of 2015.
Credit Wilson Sayre

  Stray animals in Miami-Dade county will soon have a new home come fall of 2015. County Animal Services broke ground Friday on a new facility that would double the amount of space it has now.

Every year, Animal Services cares for more than 27,000 homeless dogs and cats, but that volume has pushed the current facility to its capacity.

Getting to this point, though, has been a bit of a battle.

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Libraries
5:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Some Libraries In Miami-Dade May Open Every Day

Some Miami-Dade libraries may be open all days of the week in the fall.
Credit Creative Commons

Several of the biggest libraries in Miami-Dade may stay open seven days a week in October.

The interim director of the libraries has released a tentative library schedule based on what county budget commissioners tentatively passed in June. It gives the libraries almost 53 million, more than last year.

The extra money will allow the five largest branches to add Sunday service, meaning they’ll be open every day of the week.

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Miami-Dade Budget
12:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Hosts Online Town Hall About The Budget

Mayor Carlos Gimenez will answer questions about the proposed budget on Facebook and Twitter.
Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez kicked off a series of budget town hall meetings this week, starting with a Facebook and Twitter discussion on Wednesday.

From noon to 1 p.m., locals submitted questions on the mayor's Facebook page and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Twitter using #MDCBudget.

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Broward Schools
2:23 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Broward County Property Owners Will Pay More For Public Schools

Broward County property owners will pay a little more for public schools next year.
Credit classblog / Flickr

Broward County property owners could pay a little more for public schools next year.

The county school board tentatively approved a $3 billion spending plan Tuesday.

The Broward County schools’ budget cuts tax rates slightly, but rising property values will mean larger tax bills for homeowners. The owner of a $225,000 home would pay $14 more per year, district officials said.

The school board is expected to take a final budget vote in September.

In November, Broward County voters will determine whether to allow the district to borrow $800 million.

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Budget
2:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015

Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions after his State of the County address in February.
Credit Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

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Money
3:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget?

Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Phillip Pessar

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is slated to reveal his proposal for next year’s budget tomorrow and lots of eyes are on how much he will allocate for county libraries.

John Quick, president of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Libraries, has fought cuts in library hours and personnel as the county is forced to dip into reserves to keep them afloat.

 

For Quick, $64 million is the magic number.

 

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PAMM
4:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami Asks For $2.5 Million In Additional Funding From Government

Art lovers gather around the piece "Mojo Jojo" in the Pérez Art Museum Miami in December.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Pérez Art Museum Miami says it needs help. The museum, which opened in December of last year, has not received enough private dollars to meet its $14 million annual operating costs.

So, it is asking for more public money. PAMM wants the county to assist with a 60-percent increase in the museum's subsidy. That money would come from hotel taxes, the Miami Herald reports. 

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Budget Cuts for Police, Fire Rescue and Libraries?

Session 2013
9:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Scott's $74.2 Billion Budget Sets The Record

RECORD BREAKER: Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget would put more than a billion new dollars into education.
Credit St. Petersblog

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a record-breaking $74.2 billion budget Thursday, pouring hundreds of millions of additional dollars into public schools, colleges and universities in a proposal that Democrats knocked as a public-relations gimmick.

Scott's plan would boost spending by almost $4 billion in the coming budget year, which begins July 1, with much of the increase heading to education. He said the bump reflected more incoming tax revenue brought on by an economic recovery after the fallout from the Great Recession clouded the budgets of his first two years.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget

The People’s Guide To The Federal Budget
http://nationalpriorities.org/

07/30/12 - Monday’s Topical Currents is “Federal Budget, 101.”   We’ll speak with Mattea Kramer, senior research analyst of the National Priorities Project, and author of THE PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE FEDERAL BUDGET.  Most Americans shun even trying to comprehend where or how our federal dollars are spent. Complex barriers have prevented us from having any influence over budget creation or oversight.

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Social Services Funding
11:37 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Funds Slashed For People With Disabilities

A network of Florida facilities that supports people with disabilities will lose nearly $1.6 million this year – just as the social services provided by the network are needed most.

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School Budget Cuts
12:00 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Broward Schools Face Largest Budget Deficit In State; Effect On Other Districts Unclear

Taylor Drake, Kevius Morgan and Cristinne Paneit, seniors at South Broward High, say some teachers give them extra credit for bringing in items like markers, rulers, paper and tissues.

Every school district in Florida is dealing with layoffs and budget cuts. But Broward County in South Florida is facing the largest budget deficit in the state—more than $140 million. And its forced teachers and students in the nation’s 6th largest school district to get creative about spending money.

Students at South Broward High in Hollywood waited in the rain during the first week of school to get inside what used to be the video production classroom. Only, the video production program was cut last school year.

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