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Senate budget: Don Gaetz questioned over mentoring funding

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As the Florida Senate began considering its proposed $80.9 billion budget, state Sen. Don Gaetz on Wednesday defended his recommendation for a $30 million competitive grants program for after-school mentoring instead of direct funding. Gaetz, who chairs the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee, said he wanted to save nonprofits on “expensive lobbying and the anguish of the Legislative Session.” “We shouldn’t have to put those people through that,” the Niceville Republican said, referring to being left out of the budget. His subcommittee “felt that (by) taking it…

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Senate budget eliminates direct funding for youth mentoring

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State Sen. Joe Negron, a former budget panel chief, told his colleagues last month in an acceptance speech for his upcoming Senate presidency that the state must do more for its troubled children and teens. “We should not and we will not tolerate serious wrongdoing by young people but, at the same time, let’s not criminalize adolescence,” he said, according to the Senate Journal’s version. Most experts agree that after-school mentoring programs, such as those offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters, are effective at…

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Now that he has their campaign contributions, Deveron Gibbons quits Housing Authority, five other civic boards

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Corporate executive Deveron Gibbons has quit six local boards to focus on his campaign for mayor. Of course he resigned! Now that Deveron is done wringing $500 checks out of his fellow board members, what use are they? Deveron has planned on running for well over a year and knew full well the time commitment it takes to run for public office, and now he decides to resign. This mass resignation stink of fear. Fear that there really is a…

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