Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Tuesday, May 10
May 10, 2011
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The just-finished legislative session will be remembered for more than the $3.8 billion deficit or the political meltdown that marred its finish. It will also be known for packing the November 2012 election ballot with seven constitutional amendments – from abortion to religion to property taxes.
For schools, the annual legislative session left in its wake a $1.1 billion funding cut — and, unlike in years past, a slew of new policy reforms to go with it.
Florida’s $69.7 billion budget and implementing and conforming bills for the 2011-12 fiscal year beginning July 1 at a glance: Spending breakdown Education: $21.2 billion.
A new statewide charter boarding school for troubled youth was quietly passed by Florida lawmakers amidst a crush of bills dealing with the budget in the final hours of the legislative session.
The Republicans in Tallahassee sent a conflicting message about accountability by putting a tighter leash on a state-funded fiscal watchdog. The GOP-dominated Legislature is making big changes to the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
A new law signed by Governor Rick Scott last week could mean more money for the state’s drug courts — but how much money, and how it will affect the judiciary, remains to be seen.
Florida’s Republican-led Legislature wrapped up a 2011 lawmaking session Saturday that was historic in scope.
With a national reputation as a leader in education reform, and more aggressive changes on the way, Florida should be an easy sell for those seeking a new education commissioner.
Florida holds the national title for the most gerrymandered state legislature in the country. Also for the least representative delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.
More than $2 billion in high-speed rail money that was rejected by Florida Governor Rick Scott was redistributed Monday to 15 other states.
Online travel providers lost their bid to settle a hotel tax dispute with Florida counties in the state Legislature.
Seeking ways to pay for their long-term transportation plan, county commissioners will consider whether property tax revenues generated by future development should be in the funding mix.
Put simply, Indiana’s new school-funding formula will cut aid to schools where the poorest children live and boost funds for schools in the state’s wealthiest neighborhoods.
A sweeping schools bill that advocacy groups lauded as a landmark and that the federal secretary of education, Arne Duncan, described as a national model is hitting snags in the Illinois House.
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