State Budget

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

Legislature’s special session starts Monday

Legislature’s special session starts Monday

With a looming deadline, Florida legislators return to the state Capitol this week promising to do what they couldn’t during the 60-day regular session that ended May 1. And that’s pass a new state budget that covers everything from money for schools and hospitals to paying for child abuse investigations. Legislative leaders are already promising […]

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

Florida Senate and House pass rival spending bills

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) — Flush with plenty of extra cash during an election year, the House and Senate on Thursday passed rival versions of a new state budget that spends more money on child protection, health care for the disabled and public schools. But there remain key differences between the two chambers over everything […]