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Personnel note: Veteran state CIO Rob Fields joins One Eighty Consulting

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Rob Fields, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, is joining One Eighty Consulting, a Tallahassee-based governmental affairs consultancy firm. Fields, a 14-year-veteran of Florida state government, has been a top adviser to several senior government leaders on a variety of issues: health care, banking, insurance, motor vehicle and law enforcement. In a prepared statement Tuesday, Fields said he was “really excited” to be moving from the public to private sector. “One Eighty Consulting…

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DHSMV review of red-light cameras failed to include crash increases

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Red-light cameras appear to have little or no effect on safety in many areas in Florida, according to a new report by WTSP 10 Investigates. But the state failed to include that information in its annual review of the program. Most of Florida cities and counties with the controversial RLC-monitored intersections have reported crash statistics that have remained either steady or increased since putting in cameras. Although the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) compiled the unflattering…

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Singin’ the small government blues

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Florida lawmakers’ balancing act in writing a state budget includes factoring in promises of a tax cut, increases in education and conservation measures and bridging a nearly $2 billion gap created by the scheduled end of a Low Income Pool program for hospitals. They will get fresh numbers Tuesday to begin work on a spending plan for the fiscal year beginning in July. Republicans who control the state Capitol have campaigned on, governed by and promised more of the economic-freedom…

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Red light cameras, with $105M in revenue last year, remain controversial

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Red-light Cameras (RLC) caught violations by nearly one million Floridians last year, creating quite the revenue stream for municipalities across the state, according to a new report Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. As reported by Lloyd Dunkelberger of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, of 941,000 violations issued to motorists, a majority of them (648,000) pay the $158 penalty, which is then split between local governments ($75) and the state ($83). Of those 37,000 who challenged the citations, 12,000 wound…

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