Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Wednesday, September 28

Sep 28, 2011


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Revised state economic forecasts cloud local government revenue expectations

State forecasters issued revised estimates this week that show the recovery in property tax revenue for local governments could be slower than they had expected.


Lawmakers envision advertising along state trails, on school buses

Senator Stephen Wise revives his bill from this past session that would make a walk in the woods into a moneymaker for the state.


Broward School Board to explore opening its own charter schools

To stem a drop in enrollment spurred by a growing number of charter schools, the Broward School District might need to open its own such schools, School Board members say.


Charter School Liberties Intrigue District

Practically since the first charters were authorized in Florida in 1996, school districts have grumbled about the flexibility charter schools have compared with traditional public schools.


Property Value Drop Hurts School Budgets Even More

School districts will face lower property values as they scramble to make their budgets, according to the latest tax roll forecasts released Tuesday that show taxable property values down about 4.5 percent from previous estimates.


State forced to look at options as revenue from red light cameras declines

The state reports it has made $22.2 million off red light runners just within the past year.


Blog:  Governor Scott wants county pension savings to pay for pension fund, not local government

Governor Rick Scott told the Sun-Sentinel editorial board Tuesday that he would like to recoup some of the tax dollars local governments got to keep because of changes to the public employee pension system in order to fully fund the pension system.


Census report:  Florida received third least amount of federal aid in 2010

According to a recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida received the third least amount of aid per capita from the federal government in 2010.


Editorial:  Federal Funding For State — Florida Could Use Stimulus

Former state Senator Rudy Garcia may have to expand his government-economics discussion group.


Student loan default surge begs for state action

Governor Rick Scott and state legislators are pondering big changes in higher education, including limits on tenure for professors at public universities.


Blog:  Governor Rick Scott’s interest in higher education reform ignites debate over the use of tenure

As lawmakers ponder whether to revisit a proposal to change or eliminate tenure at Florida’s colleges and universities, one public university has the enviable position of being largely unaffected by tenure changes.


Destination casino bill coming sooner rather than later this session

A destination casino resort bill that was unveiled during the middle of this past legislative session, but ultimately died, is getting an early start this year.


Central Texas school districts join fight against school finance system

Pflugerville could become the latest Central Texas school district to lend its name to a lawsuit that will challenge the state’s school finance system.



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