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Jeremy Ring: Money matters for Florida’s high school students

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Florida’s schools are supposed to prepare our students for success in life. Whether pursuing higher education or entering the workforce, we expect that students are ready for the real world based on what they learn in the classroom. But there is one area where we are perpetually failing the next generation: financial literacy and managing money wisely. Nearly half of Florida’s high school seniors lack an understanding of financial basics, like responsible credit use, income taxes, loan repayment and savings…

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Growth bill headed to House floor with opposition from cities, counties

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A controversial House growth management bill passed its final committee stop on the way to the House floor on Tuesday. HB 933, which originally combined seven separate House growth management bills, includes provisions eliminating the “development of regional impact” review process for larger developments and requiring a property rights element in local government comprehensive land-use plans. The bill was amended Tuesday to remove a section that would extend a loan program from clean energy and wind resistance to ground subsidence…

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Florida credit unions name Steve Crisafulli 2014 ‘Lawmaker of the Year’

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The Florida Credit Union Association today announced the recipient of its 2014 best-legislator award: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. “Today, we recognize Speaker Crisafulli as our 2014 Lawmaker of the Year and thank him for his support of the Florida Credit Union Association,” said Patrick La Pine, the group’s president and CEO in a statement on Tuesday. “Speaker Crisafulli recognizes the importance of credit unions and has been a longtime friend to the industry,” continued the statement. “His dedication and leadership in the Florida House…

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Florida Bankers’ attacks on credit union plan are pound foolish

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Last week the Florida Bankers Association released a sheet of talking points aimed at coalescing opposition around state Sen. Rene Garcia‘s legislative initiative — SB 1154 —  that would allow credit unions to accept deposits from public sources. The bankers’ document paints the member-owned cooperatives as avaricious monsters feeding at the public trough, though the FBA’s own members — giants like Bank of America, SunTrust, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase are represented on their board — currently profit massively off of deposits originating from taxpayers, partly owing…

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