Working & The Economy

Hurricane victims face growing fire threat from ravaged forests; 4,200 acres have burned

While the threat of wildfires continues to heat up, foresters in the hurricane-devastated Panhandle are still waiting for disaster aid to help them remove...
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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...
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State workers’ union seeks 5 % pay increase; some workers rely on public assistance...

A major state workers’ union says it will be seeking a 5 percent annual pay increase for its employees when it begins negotiations with...
Health care

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to unravel Trump policy that weakens Obamacare

U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable...
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Initiative to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passes key hurdle

A constitutional initiative to let Floridians decide whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has passed a key milestone.The Florida...

NCAA caves on allowing student athletes to accept monetary compensation

As Florida considers following California’s lead on allowing college athletes to accept outside compensation, the NCAA’s governing board has voted unanimously to acquiesce on...
Schools

Gov. DeSantis focuses on boosting starting teacher pay; dismisses across-the-board raises as politically motivated

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he hopes the 2020 legislative session, which begins in January, will open a “year of the teacher” in Florida, centered...
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Gov. DeSantis – a citizens’ initiative skeptic – disses proposal to raise Florida’s minimum...

Gov. Ron DeSantis came out Monday against a proposed constitutional amendment to raise Florida’s minimum wage, telling a big-business conference that the state should...

FL League urges governor on Census: “The importance of the count cannot be underestimated”

The League of Women Voters of Florida is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to create a “complete count” committee and to provide state funding to...

Florida farmers question state Ag rules on hemp crops

Future hemp farmers of Florida fear that proposed rules for cultivating and producing hemp contain big flaws, especially restrictions on seeds and methods for...

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