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Proposed legislation could break the cycle of debt for many caught in Florida’s legal system

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

It’s a vicious circle: Poor people who can’t afford their court-related costs and penalties incur escalating costs for not paying, further indebting them to the state.

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Presidential candidates missed the most votes in Congress last year

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Federal government, Florida, Iowa, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The annual report card for the 114th Congress from congressional tracking website govtrack.us shows that the three U.S. senators who tried to move from the Capitol to the White House also missed the most votes in 2016.

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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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Red light camera crashes are up, and so is ticket revenue

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Red light camera operators issued a record number of violations to Florida drivers last year — which means more revenue for the state and local governments. But the number of crashes at red light camera intersections also increased.

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State economist: 70 percent of Florida’s economic incentive programs losing money

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

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The debate over whether Florida should change its economic development policies reached its first legislative committee of 2017 this week — with new data casting a shadow on the practice of awarding taxpayer-funded perks to private businesses.

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Florida’s economic development efforts are ‘underperforming’

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Lawmakers already skeptical of providing taxpayer support for private businesses may seize on the bureaucratic euphemism and underlying findings—and they might be right.

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