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Erin Clark is a Fall 2016 Journalism Intern for Watchdog.org.

Legal victory for low-income Florida students

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

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Nearly 98,000 low-income Florida students and their families can breathe a little easier. That’s how many students rely on the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, a 15-year-old program that provides privately funded scholarships to help low-income children enroll in private schools.  In 2014, the state teachers union and affiliated groups filed suit against the program, alleging […]

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Tort reform group again slams Florida as ‘judicial hellhole’

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  Florida, Judiciary, News  /  No Comments

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A newly released report by the American Tort Reform Association finds that residents of the Sunshine State are living in a very warm place indeed. The 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes rankings are out, and Florida came in at an ignoble 4th.  Florida follows St. Louis, Missouri; California; and New York City Asbestos Litigation as home to […]

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Erie bayfront hotels ruled tax exempt, costing schools $800,000

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Two large bayfront hotels in Erie have been ruled tax exempt under state convention center law.

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Airbnb, Tampa closing in on tax deal

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Florida  /  No Comments

With the College Football Playoff National Championships approaching, Airbnb and Hillsborough County are getting closer to a bed tax agreement.

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Florida Head Start misses majority of children

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Education Blog, Florida  /  No Comments

A new report shows that Head Start programs in Florida serve only a small percentage of eligible children.

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‘Trade secrets’ protect rapper Pitbull’s contract with Visit Florida

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Florida, Open Records  /  No Comments

How much did Florida taxpayers pay rapper Pitbull for tourism promotion? Visit Florida can’t say because of ‘trade secrets.’

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