Gov. Rick Scott’s trip to Pensacola last week involved more than just a closed political fundraiser. He also heard about the controversial plan to relocate a state probation and parole office to the city’s North Hill neighborhood.
The Governor Friday directed Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews to renew the office’s existing lease at the current facility on North Davis Highway. Plans were to move the offices to the old Coca-Cola plant on Palafox. That drew fire from a number of North Hill residents at the last City Council meeting.
fFlorida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a $2.2 million television ad buy for his re-election that aims to reintroduce the Republican incumbent to the state's voters. Florida Democrats consider it an attempt to mislead voters about Scott’s record.
Scott's 30-second ad features the Republican governor mentioning his poor upbringing, and how it affects his work as Chief Executive.
Flags are at half-staff at all local and state buildings are flying at half-staff to mark the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew. He died early this Thursday morning, March 13, at the age of 85. Last Saturday, Askew had been admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to be treated for aspiration pneumonia. His condition worsened when he also suffered a stroke.
Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history.
Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.
The litigation was filed Wednesday in Panama City, by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The idea is to join the existing federal lawsuit now on trial in New Orleans.
After Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott was asked about the timing of entering the case.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida Governor Rick Scott’s proposed 2014-2015 budget, as this year’s Legislative Session gets underway. Gov. Scott is proposing a spending plan of $74.2 billion.
One of the issues the legislature will take up in this year's session is Performance Based Funding for Florida's Universities. And, if implemented, the system could cost the University of West Florida a lot of money.
Gov. Rick Scott touted Florida's improving economy in his fourth State of the State Address, which also made a case for re-election as much as it laid out his plan for the final year of his first term. Any doubts that the 30 minute speech would also serve as the unofficial kickoff to Gov. Scott’s re-election bid were dispelled right out of the gate. The Republican referred to the economy under predecessor Charlie Crist – without mentioning the former Republican who is now running for governor as a Democrat. “Florida was in a hole. Unemployment was around 11%,” said Scott.
Florida Governor Rick Scott delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday, March 4, signaling the start of the 2014 Legislative Session. His speech will start at 10 a.m. Central Time. Again this year, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford have joined together on a priority agenda. “These are issues that rise above politics and we think they can get done. They must get done. We will get them done,” says Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville.
Once almost universally accepted and praised, the Common Core educational standards have come under increased attack recently. The latest comes from the New York State United Teachers, withdrawing its support for Common Core not because of the standards themselves, but because of what they call the State Department of Education's failed implementation of the plan. Other states, mostly led by Republican governors, call Common Core a federal intrusion and blame the Obama administration for trying to take control of state education standards. But Common Core began IN the states.