Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–July 6
Jul 6, 2010
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The U.S. Department of Education will award Florida $170.2 million to turn around its persistently low achieving schools.
It’s finally a done deal: The federal government has signed off on Florida’s blackjack gambling deal with the Seminole Indian tribe, closing the book on a long-running political saga in the state capital.
I’m not much of a casino gambler. But I’m betting early reports of how some American Indian tribes are mismanaging or misdirecting their enormous sums of casino money, here in Florida and elsewhere, are just the start of unsavory news coverage ahead.
Impetus Is Strong For Special Session
As the BP oil blowout saturates Northwest Florida’s already fragile economy with despair, a special legislative session in the coming weeks is becoming increasingly likely.
The quality of education received by Pasco County students will be negatively affected in 2010-11 by a nearly $28 million budget shortfall and the requirements of a class-size amendment approved by voters in 2002.
Furloughs look likely for more than 11,000 Pinellas school employees, school board members said today.
Collier County School District employees won’t start the year off with a raise. But they are not getting a pay cut either.
It’s the start of a new fiscal year today, and in good financial times Pasco school employees would be getting their step increases about now.
The Miami Herald reported last September that even as Miami-Dade faced its “most critical budget crisis in decades,” the county was spending more money lobbying the federal government than any other county in the country.
County planners say a proposed standard for measuring new commercial development will provide a more accurate picture of how it could fit on a property.
The man who oversees $134 billion of public money has recommended investing some of it in companies run by friends or business associates, and he doesn’t see any conflict in doing that.
Here’s another headwind for a sputtering job market: State and local governments plan many more layoffs to close wide budget gaps.
Citigroup Inc., State Street Corp. and U.S. Bancorp are among U.S. banks whose municipal bond holdings have reached a 25-year high just as state budget deficits swell to $140 billion, the most since the start of the recession.
President Obama’s school-reform programs are falling victim to the teachers’ unions
Schools across the country are struggling with deep budget cuts. For more than 40 years, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, the third-ranking member of the House, has been a fiery and highly effective legislator.
A new agreement to cap New Jersey property tax increases at 2 percent a year is unworkable unless lawmakers pass other measures giving towns and cities more power over local spending, pensions and benefits, municipal leaders said on Tuesday.
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