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Without Senate confirmation, Rick Scott reappoints 11 to state boards

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After the Florida Senate failed to consider several names for confirmation before sine die of the 2017 Regular Session, Gov. Rick Scott announced 11 reappointments Thursday to various boards statewide. Florida Prepaid College Board Ambassador John Rood, 62, of Jacksonville, is the chair of the Vestcor Companies, Inc. He served as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from 2004 through 2007. Rood previously served as a member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the…

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Florida state workers getting prepaid tuition sign-up discount

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Florida state employees who want to enroll in the state’s popular pre-paid tuition program are going to get a small break this year. State workers will get a $25 discount on the application fee if they enroll during this year’s open enrollment period. The application fee is normally $50. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is sending an email in January to state workers with promotional code activation instructions that allow state workers to receive the discount. The Florida Prepaid College…

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Former Lottery secretary lands new job with help from Rick Scott

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Florida’s former lottery secretary, who abruptly resigned last year, has landed a new job with the help of Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration. Cynthia O’Connell began work last week as the director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, where she will be responsible for raising money for scholarships that are handed out by the organization. O’Connell will be paid $100,000 a year. During her four and a half years leading the Florida Lottery, O’Connell pushed lottery sales to nearly $6 billion…

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