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Janet Cruz: Hillsborough school AC issues part of much bigger problem

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With a new school year kicking off this month, parents across Florida logically expected that the state is providing the proper environment necessary for children to achieve their greatest potential. That’s why I was outraged to read last week about students in Hillsborough County who are languishing in sweltering classrooms because the school district simply does not have the resources to fund the proper maintenance of air conditioners in schools.

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Amendment 1 getting short shrift because of LIP battle

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The multibillion-dollar healthcare fight has been “sucking the oxygen” out of the Capitol and has taken attention off Amendment 1, Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee said on Tuesday. Lee, the Senate’s chief budget writer, told reporters following an Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon that “frankly, Amendment 1 is a big deal and deserves more attention than it’s gotten.” Florida voters in 2014 overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, a water and land conservation initiative that is expected to provide almost $740 million for programs…

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