Today on Context Florida: Scott’s timing, college readiness, immigrant children and bipartisanship

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Today on Context Florida:

“Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” is the name of Gov. Rick Scott’s new environmental plan unveiled this week on his website and in multiple public appearances. Daniel Tilson points out that Team Scott took a “timing is everything” approach to the proposal, introducing it just as news was breaking that billionaire businessman and climate change activist Tom Steyer is targeting the governor for defeat in November.

Andrew Skerritt knows college readiness when he sees it, and too many of Florida’s students aren’t even close. Too many of them enter college treating commas and periods as if they are strangers; they have read neither “The Catcher in the Rye” nor “Native Son.” They are poorly schooled and ill-prepared.

Linda Cunningham notes a disconnect between America’s tolerant, y’all-come Cuban immigration policies and our inexplicable distaste for immigrant children from Central America. This is political theater ginned up in back rooms to capitalize on a child’s misery to discredit Barack Obama’s presidency. We should be ashamed of using children as political pawns.

U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Patrick Murphy, along with 10 other bipartisan members of Congress, including eight members of the United Solutions Caucus, have introduced the third bill in the Savings, Accountability, Value, and Efficiency (SAVE) Act series. The latest bill will slash government spending by over $100 billion by implementing such simple solutions as buying software in bulk, preventing the Overseas Contingency Operations from being used as a slush fund, and denying taxpayer-funded pensions for corrupt bureaucrats convicted of federal criminal charges.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.