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Court clerks funding case continues in capital

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A lawsuit over how the state funds its clerks of court is still trudging along in Tallahassee, court dockets show. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers set a case management conference for Sept. 7, after lawyers for plaintiff Howard Forman alerted the court of possible “additional or substituted parties.”

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Florida Education Association calls for proper funding for public schools in new ads

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The Florida Education Association is taking to the airwaves to call on lawmakers to better fund public schools. The statewide education association released two advertisements Thursday in response to several measures being advanced by the Legislature. The proposals, education officials said, would under fund public schools and harm public school students. “Students are at the center of everything we do. That’s why we are fighting for students and for better public schools,” said Joanne McCall, the president of the Florida…

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Vern Buchanan: ‘Crunch time for Zika and heroin funding’

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With Congress preparing to adjourn until November, Congressman Vern Buchanan today called for immediate action on funding efforts to combat the Zika virus as well as the heroin crisis. “This is crunch time for Zika and heroin funding,” Buchanan said. “Lives are at stake if Congress fails to act on both of these critical issues.” Congress is expected to adjourn as early as the end of this week. Buchanan urged leaders in the House and Senate to include meaningful resources…

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Florida won’t have much extra money in 2017

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Florida will have very little extra money to spend in the coming year. That means top legislators and Gov. Rick Scott may have slash the state budget to meet some of their promises. The annual forecast released Tuesday shows that despite the state’s gradual economic recovery Florida is expected to bring in just enough money to meet its spending needs. That forecast shows the state will have a surplus of only $7.5 million during the fiscal year that starts in…

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Kendrick Meek calls on Governor Charlie Crist to veto budget

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek released the following statement regarding the budget proposal passed by the Florida Legislature last Friday, calling on Governor Charlie Crist to veto the proposal: “Over the past several months, Governor Crist has been so busy promoting his political ambition, he failed to do his job leading our state. Once again, the Republican legislature has passed a budget that short-changes Florida’s students, teachers and families. During his term, the governor has cut funding for Florida’s public…

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