Today on Context Florida: Prisons, immigration, bike trail connector and managing money

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Today on Context Florida:

Florida’s prison system is a disaster, writes Daniel Tilson, but it does not have to stay that way. Unfortunately for prison inmates, their friends and families, local communities, and misinformed middle-class taxpayers, the policies of Gov. Rick Scott and most Republican legislators have made a bad situation worse.

Our immigration system is broken and apparently so is our border protection system, says Ed Moore. We have placed a doubling of border agents along the border over the past few years and this only serves, seemingly, as a stimulus for better aggregation and collection, not protection and prevention.

What a difference a year makes — an election year especially — when it comes to a bike trail connector across Central Florida, notes Bruce Ritchie. Nevertheless, Scott also knows how to move on an issue with the best of them, at least on some high-profile environmental issues. And as state budget revenue improves, his rhetoric changes even more.

To Michael L. Bell, executive director of the Florida Council on Economic Education, Florida’s students graduating from high school without a good understanding of how to manage money is a sobering thought. Whether going off to college or entering the workforce, these young minds should have at least the basics of money matters down, right?

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