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Florida state charity drive suspended after 40 years

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Florida, State Government  /  No Comments

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Gov. Rick Scott suspended a program Thursday that allowed Florida state workers to donate to charities through their paychecks, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The announcement came on the heels of an audit that revealed previously undocumented costs associated with the program. State employees donated $280,000 to charity this fall through the paycheck program.  But […]

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Mississippi Legislature proposes cuts, layoffs in budget recommendation

By   /  December 9, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Legislature released its budget recommendation Thursday, with cuts to nearly every state agency and a reduction of the state’s workforce.

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Will Pennsylvania add education savings accounts to school choice mix?

By   /  December 8, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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Nearly 20 states are expected to consider some form of education savings account measure during their 2017 legislative sessions. Pennsylvania, with bigger Republican majorities in both chambers, will almost certainly be one of those. Five states have enacted ESA programs, which allow families to use their students’ share of public funds for tuition, tutoring and […]

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Local lobbying bill tops $16 million at taxpayer expense

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Legislature, News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Local governments, including public schools, paid $16,062,496 in taxpayer dollars to lobby the Texas Legislature in 2015. More money will on the line when lawmakers convene in January.

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Funding formula isn’t only measure of K-12 spending in Mississippi

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Federal Government, Federal government, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Mississippi’s education funding formula isn’t the only money being spent by state taxpayers on K-12 education, with other programs outside the formula.

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Erie School District’s recovery plan relies on $31.8 million more from state

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Erie School Board voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a recovery plan that relies on $31.8 million more in state funding increases and additional property tax hikes. Superintendent Jay Badams told the school board the district would use $25.5 million to eliminate its deficit and improve academic programs and $6.3 million to maintain and renovate […]

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