Florida in focus: School districts prepare for Florida’s new ‘religious expression’ law
Watchdog News | July 05, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: School districts prepare for Florida’s new ‘religious expression’ law In world history lessons, as Pinellas County social studies specialist Matthew Blum knows well, religion is key. The trick can be not letting it get out of hand. Parents might challenge what’s being taught, as they’ve done in Brevard and Collier counties. And […]
Florida in focus: Florida’s departing fiscal watchdog used public scrutiny as a weapon
Watchdog News | July 03, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s departing fiscal watchdog used public scrutiny as a weapon For all the talk of shrinking government and making it work like a business, there is one man in Tallahassee who knows exactly why that talk is folly. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who stepped down as CFO on Friday after serving 17 […]
Florida in focus: Charter schools will get $96M in capital aid from Florida school districts next year
Watchdog News | June 30, 2017
Miami Herald: Charter schools will get $96M in capital aid from Florida school districts next year Florida’s 650 charter schools will see an extra $96.3 million coming their way in 2017-18, thanks to a controversial provision in a sweeping education bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law earlier this month that forces school districts to hand over some […]
Florida in focus: Airbnb on track to shatter tax revenues brought in last year
Watchdog News | June 29, 2017
Tampa Tribune: Airbnb on track to shatter tax revenues brought in last year Airbnb has collected more than $18 million in taxes for Florida state and local governments so far this year, putting it on a fast-track to shatter its 2016 tax collection of $20 million. “The state of Florida and so many of its […]
Florida in focus: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott talk health care as vote put off for now
Watchdog News | June 28, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Marco Rubio, Rick Scott talk health care as vote put off for now Minutes after he delayed a vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare when a number of Republican senators said they could not support it as written, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell retreated to his office. Rick Scott and Marco […]
Florida in focus: Marco Rubio has the president’s ear on Latin America
Watchdog News | June 27, 2017
Miami Herald: Marco Rubio has the president’s ear on Latin America Donald Trump has a distaste for the State Department and its legions of diplomats tasked with crafting the nation’s foreign policy. So when it comes to Latin America, the CEO-turned-president is listening to a man he derided on the campaign trail a year ago: Marco […]
Florida in focus: Half of Florida’s legislators rate ‘F’ or ‘D’ in their support for open records
Watchdog News | June 26, 2017
Miami Herald: Half of Florida’s legislators rate ‘F’ or ‘D’ in their support for open records Half of Florida’s legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year’s legislative sessions. In a “scorecard” produced by the Florida […]
Florida in focus: In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you’re not alone.
Watchdog News | June 23, 2017
Tampa Tribune: In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you’re not alone. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2015, Gabrielle Piloto jumped on the highway and headed south to Tampa. She had landed a marketing job at a law firm and envisioned renting an apartment downtown or in Seminole […]
Florida in focus: Democrat governor candidate wants state law so women can maintain no-cost birth control if Obamacare is repealed
Watchdog News | June 22, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Democrat governor candidate wants state law so women can maintain no-cost birth control if Obamacare is repealed  Criticizing President Donald Trump’s administration for wanting to “turn back the clock and take essential healthcare away from women” by rolling back parts of Obamacare, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Thursday will propose protecting […]
Florida in focus: Citing water losses, Florida insurer approves rate hikes
Watchdog News | June 21, 2017
Naples Daily News: Citing water losses, Florida insurer approves rate hikes Florida’s state-created property insurer, contending that it is dealing with a flood of suspicious water-related claims and lawsuits, is asking state regulators to raise rates for thousands of homeowners next year, including those in the most heavily-populated areas. The board that oversees Citizens Property […]