Today on Context Florida: wage theft, Enterprise Florida, Joe Scarborough and corrupt charter schools

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Today on Context Florida: The Florida Retail Federation is pushing hard this session for the Legislature to adopt a new wage-theft law, HB 957, which Daniel Tilson says would pour gas on the burning building that is the state’s wage-theft problem. It would make lawsuits the only avenue of redress for wage-theft victims; prohibit those lawsuits from seeking punitive damages; and prevent cities and counties statewide from developing their own wage-theft protections.

Enterprise Florida, which receives more than 97 percent of funding from taxpayers, needs to be investigated for wasteful spending, says Mark Ferrulo. Floridians deserve accountability and transparency from our government agencies, but in the case of Enterprise Florida under Gov. Rick Scott’s watch, much of it is hidden from the public.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Joe Scarborough’s first campaign for Congress, Rick Outzen says Scarborough and his team did something that we rarely see in our lifetimes. They changed the course of politics not only in Northwest Florida, but also in the entire state.

Local school boards are frustrated when Tallahassee interferes with efforts to regulate corrupt or underperforming charter schools, writes Marc Yacht, especially since the money could better be used to support traditional public schools that are struggling.

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