Florida Legislature battles over whose back to balance the budget on

Today's ProgressFlorida Daily Clips email included these two summaries of articles in local papers:New divide in Florida budget debate: the federal health care lawBy Marc Caputo, St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee BureauA new wedge developed Wednesday between legislative Republicans as they hammered out a budget deal: President Barack Obama's health care law.Lawmakers may let Scott hand … Continue reading Florida Legislature battles over whose back to balance the budget on

Two views of the proposed budgets

There's considerable wisdom to be found in two opinion pieces that recently appeared in the papers."Paul Ryan's Reverse Robin Hood Budget" by former Fed vice-chairman and now Princeton University professor Alan S. Blinder appeared in Thursday's (April 19) Wall Street Journal. Some excerpts:Worst things first. The plan threatens to eviscerate Medicare by privatizing it—with vouchers that, … Continue reading Two views of the proposed budgets

The Florida Legislature – UGH! (updated Tuesday 4/26 @ 1:50 PM)

The Florida Legislature has some really bad things underway.What the Florida League of Women Voters is calling a "terrible elections bill" would make major changes to Florida's elections laws.  From the League's Capitol Report of April 22nd:House Bill 1355 would make major changes to Florida’s election laws and contains burdensome provisions that would impact the League’s … Continue reading The Florida Legislature – UGH! (updated Tuesday 4/26 @ 1:50 PM)

Dr. Kamela Patton: Recommended by a star

Dr. PattonI'm thrilled with Collier County's choice of Kamela Patton of Miami to be the next superintendent of our public school district.  I agree with everyone involved that the choice between Patton and current Collier Schools Chief Operations Office Michele LaBute was a really difficult one.  Each candidate is incredibly talented and would serve us … Continue reading Dr. Kamela Patton: Recommended by a star

State budget woes … and what we can do about them

Florida's Legislature is just over half-way through its 2011 session.  The biggest challenge is plugging a $4 billion budget gap.    Needless to say, it's looking grim.  Spending cuts are inevitable.  And if the Governor has his way, the cuts will be larger than what the Legislature is recommending, to pay for additional corporate tax cuts.The League of Women … Continue reading State budget woes … and what we can do about them

The budget impass

In fast-paced, heavy-news days like we've had lately, reading editorials in respected newspapers helps me clarify my thinking.  Today's New York Times' editorial on the federal budget impasse, "It's Not Really About the Spending," really helped:If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Friday — which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn … Continue reading The budget impass