Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners — Wednesday, September 28
Sep 28, 2011
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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.
Senator Stephen Wise revives his bill from this past session that would make a walk in the woods into a moneymaker for the state.
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.
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.
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.
The state reports it has made $22.2 million off red light runners just within the past year.
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.
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.
Former state Senator Rudy Garcia may have to expand his government-economics discussion group.
Governor Rick Scott and state legislators are pondering big changes in higher education, including limits on tenure for professors at public universities.
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.
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.
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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