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DeSantis backs plan to hire more prison inspectors and boost their...

Gov. Ron DeSantis is backing a plan to improve Florida’s prison inspection system.In his proposed $91.4 billion budget for next year, the Republican governor...

State workers unhappy about no pay raises in DeSantis’ proposed budget

State workers say they are dismayed that Gov. Ron DeSantis’s proposed $91.4 billion state budget for the coming year does not contain an across-the-board...

Keeping Florida’s pension fund financially healthy won’t be cheap

When lawmakers start examining Florida’s massive state pension system in the 2020 legislative session, the numbers may look daunting.That’s because key retirement officials recently...

Ballooning overtime pay in FL prisons: One of the myriad problems...

Last year Florida paid $77 million in overtime to staff its state prisons, an exploding price tag stemming from the inability to hire and...

Gov. DeSantis plans to increase teacher pay – and it’ll be...

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he'll be rolling out “something significant on teacher recruitment and compensation” in the next month or so, and it...

Lawmakers begin their trek toward the 2020 session, talking budget, guns,...

They’re back.Florida lawmakers begin preparing for the 2020 legislative session on Monday, holding their first set of committee hearings this week. They'll continue a...

Florida’s biggest corporations got a half-billion-dollar present from the Legislature

Despite Republican control of the state House and Senate, Florida Democrats say they plan to try next year to repeal a new state law...

Florida’s teacher shortage can be remedied by better pay

Back to school is my absolute favorite time of year. I spent a decade as a high school music teacher and band director, and...

DeSantis goes easy on lawmakers with his first budget vetoes

Vetoing $131 million in spending, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his first state budget on Friday, trimming the Legislature’s spending plan to just under $91...

Group identifies “turkeys” in Legislature’s new state budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis should veto $133 million worth of questionable spending in the new $91.1 billion state budget, according to a new report.Florida TaxWatch,...

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