Today's news -- December 19, 2017

 

 

Playing politics with our schools

One of the less understood, yet more important, fights lining up for the 2018 Legislative session in January will revolve around the definition of a tax increase. That will directly affect public schools funding. We feel the need to emphasize “public” school funding these days as opposed to “school funding” because private charter schools are getting more and more taxpayer dollars with each session. The tax squabble will ensue between the House and Senate. The issue will become the question “what is a tax increase?” School funding can be complicated. But, generally speaking, there are two tax sources that educate our kids — state funds and those delivered by individual counties. Gov. Rick Scott is “pro-pretty-much-everything” these days, as he ramps up for a run for the Senate. He’s called for a $770 million increase in school funding next year. He won’t get it. But on the campaign trail all that matters is that he “fought hard for our kids’ education” with the “largest increase in school spending” to date. The reason he’s not likely to make good on his plan is House Speaker Richard Corcoran. He’s vowed the House will pass no tax increase. He was right last year and is likely to be right again this year. The bulk of the money Scott’s eyeing for education will come from county taxes — nearly 70 percent of the funding. That’s based on a 6.15 percent increase in the state’s taxable real estate value. Scott and the Senate plan to keep the millage rate level and ride the crest of land and home values to the Promised Land. Corcoran has vowed to stop cold what he calls a tax increase. He wants to roll back the millage rate so schools get about the same amount of money to spend as last year.

Corcoran is expected to jump into the governor’s race at any time. Adam Putnam leads the Republican polling by a large margin, but Corcoran quietly raised $4 million during the summer. Corcoran is polling in double digits without announcing, which is significant. If things pan out, he could be in a two-way race with Putnam. He has the edge in experience and probably clout. And he’ll run on his “no new tax” platform — and can prove he means it by his leadership record in the House.

Schools are among the only taxing entities whose local millage rate is set by the state, not internally — the school board. So Corcoran’s definition of a tax increase leaves our schools with an ever-decreasing millage rate with which to fund the ever-increasing costs of education — books, electricity, real estate, infrastructure, lunches, teacher pay, security and more. Corcoran’s take on tax hikes is squeezing school funding. The issue of what a tax hike is — an increase in millage rate versus an increase in taxable value — will play a major role in the 2018 session. Scott and the Senate can’t keep their education promises with another millage rollback. Corcoran can’t keep his campaign promise without it.

http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20171219/editorial-playing-politics-with-our-schools

 

DOE posts proposed Schools of Hope rules

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/18/florida-department-of-education-posts-proposed-schools-of-hope-rules/#undefined.uxfs

 

Lawmaker wants school board term limits on 2018 ballot

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171218/lawmaker-wants-school-board-term-limits-on-2018-ballot

 

Don’t be hoaxed by bad education policies based on junk science

https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/18/tom-ultican-dont-be-hoaxed-by-bad-education-policies-based-on-junk-science/

 

This is what happens when university matching gifts aren’t matched

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/19/this-is-what-happens-when-university-matching-gifts-arent-matched/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Grad students escaped tax increases, but still feel a target on their backs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/us/politics/graduate-students-education-tax-bill.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171219&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Legislative economist again tosses cold water on Scott's rosy narrative

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/19/legislative-economist-again-tosses-cold-water-on-scotts-rosy-economy-narrative-153885

 

Steaks, planes and campaign cash reveal Corcoran’s hypocrisy

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial-Steaks-planes-and-campaign-cash-reveal-Corcoran-s-hypocrisy_163711765?utm_source=TBT_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daystarter&utm_email=6575d82b873cf5ef9faac9fbc241bd1f

 

State workshops sexual harassment

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/252021-cup-runneth-state-workshops-sexual-harassment

 

Disney union members practice convincing others to vote no on proposed contract

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/disney-union-members-practice-convincing-others-to-vote-no-on-proposed-contract/665895177

 

Climate change “fingerprints” could bring another record warm year to state

http://www.bradenton.com/news/weather/article190366609.html

 

Citrus storm relief among Scott talks with Ryan

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-nsf-florida-citrus-relief-funds-20171218-story.html

 

Push for nursing home generators after hurricane stalls

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-nursing-home-generator-20171213-story.html

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20171218/assisted-living-group-challenges-generator-rule

 

Puerto Rico orders review and recount of hurricane deaths

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll-review.html?_r=0

 

Recovering what was lost in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one boat at a time

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/virgin-islands-hurricanes-boats.html?emc=edit_th_20171219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Gaming ruling could put big legal expenses on state

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-nsf-cardroom-legal-fees-20171218-story.html

 

Republicans’ tax bill is limping across the finish line

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/18/republicans-tax-bill-is-limping-across-the-finish-line/?utm_term=.1fe8e29cd9f9

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/tax-bill-republicans.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171218&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Protesters storm Congress to fight tax bill, as cameras point elsewhere

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/12/18/protesters-storm-congress-to-fight-tax-bill-as-cameras-point-elsewhere/?utm_term=.efde307db338

 

The Republican tax bill codifies a new Gilded Age

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-republican-tax-bill-codifies-a-new-gilded-age/

 

The most infuriating falsehoods about the tax bill and those who told them

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/12/18/the-most-infuriating-falsehoods-about-the-tax-bill-and-those-who-told-them/

 

Corker's suspicious yes on the tax bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bob-corkers-suspicious-yes-on-the-tax-bill/2017/12/18/3cd0e402-e42f-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e_story.html?utm_term=.5b15803a9ef8

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/18/bob-corker-tax-bill-kickback-republicans-respond-302482

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/tax-bill-republicans.html?emc=edit_th_20171219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Republican senators will save millions with special real-estate tax break

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/republican-senators-will-save-millions-special-real-estate-tax-break-2630037

 

Tax bill lets Trump and Republicans feather their own nests

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/opinion/tax-bill-trump-republicans.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171218&nlid=3179832&tntemail0=y

 

Passing through to corruption

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/opinion/republicans-taxes-corruption.html?emc=edit_th_20171219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Our terribly distorted tax debate

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/12/18/our-terribly-distorted-tax-debate/?utm_term=.8fed6555fc22

 

New report shows just how much the Republican tax plan benefits the richest

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/12/a-new-report-shows-just-how-much-the-republican-tax-plan-benefits-the-richest-americans/

 

The tax code isn’t a real emergency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-tax-code-isnt-a-real-emergency/2017/12/18/a3954778-e439-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.4a7f08e734d4

 

Without the insurance mandate, health care’s future may be in doubt

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/tax-cut-obamacare-individual-mandate-repeal.html?src=twr&_r=1

 

Republicans already say they’ll need another bill to fix their tax mistakes

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republican-tax-bill-technical-corrections_us_5a380422e4b01d429ccb49c8?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__121917&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__121917+CID_6ae789edf58f16737cec0a7bb6b8d7e2&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__121917

 

Protest planned in Tampa after Rubio decides to support proposed tax bill

http://wfla.com/2017/12/19/protest-planned-in-tampa-after-sen-rubio-decides-to-support-proposed-tax-bill/

 

Puerto Rico governor vows to make Florida Republicans pay for supporting tax bill

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article190319584.html

 

Trump team’s meeting with Mueller’s office poised to ratchet up tensions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-teams-meeting-with-muellers-office-poised-to-ratchet-up-tensions/2017/12/18/15dac668-e41d-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e_story.html?utm_term=.fbb219a3e189

 

Yet another baseless attack on Mueller’s team

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/yet-another-baseless-attack-on-muellers-team/2017/12/18/f7ba716a-e435-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.56a5d3165660

 

The plot against Mueller

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-plot-again-bob-mueller

 

Trump lawyer says he did not confront Mueller before complaining to Congress

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-lawyer-says-he-did-not-confront-mueller-before-complaining-about-him-to-congress-2017-12

 

Former Trump adviser defends attacks on Mueller probe: “We’re in the game”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/michael-caputo-were-in-the-game-undermining-mueller?utm_content=buffer86e8e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

In battle with Mueller, Trump has a big advantage that Nixon did not https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/12/18/in-battle-with-mueller-trump-has-a-big-advantage-that-nixon-did-not/?utm_term=.28edcc256ae7

 

FBI warned Trump in 2016 Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-warned-trump-2016-russians-would-try-infiltrate-his-campaign-n830596

 

How Putin's proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/47438-how-putins-proxies-helped-funnel-millions-into-gop-campaigns

 

Clapper: Putin is handling Trump like a Russian “asset”

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/putin-trump-asset-james-clapper_us_5a387660e4b0fc99878e3df3?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__121917&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__121917+CID_6ae789edf58f16737cec0a7bb6b8d7e2&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=like%20a%20Russian%20asset&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__121917

 

What (if anything) does Page know?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/magazine/what-if-anything-does-carter-page-know.html?_r=0

 

Trump predicts exoneration in Russia investigation as allies fear a “meltdown”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/politics/trump-russia-investigation/index.html

 

Senate intel committee investigating Stein campaign for collusion with the Russians

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-intel-committee-investigating-jill-stein-campaign-for-collusion-with-the-russians/2017/12/18/ea7f3f1a-e44b-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.8c7090513624

 

Florida congressmen on front lines of battle over Mueller investigation

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2017/12/18/florida-congressmen-on-front-lines-of-battle-over-mueller-investigation/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

The Trump administration’s Orwellian plan to gut Roe v. Wade

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-roe-v-wade-0dd7ab0e9c73/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Trump judicial pick withdraws after viral hearing video

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/18/matthew-petersen-trump-judicial-nominee-withdraws-303093

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-judicial-nominee-who-struggled-to-answer-basic-questions-pulls-out/2017/12/18/eadf1326-e424-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.fdcf11f32909

 

Poor vetting sinks Trump’s nominees for federal judge

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/matthew-petersen-judge-nominee-withdraws-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20171219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Trump talked about rescinding Gorsuch’s nomination

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-reportedly-considered-rescinding-gorsuchs-nomination/2017/12/18/ad2b3b68-e1c7-11e7-9eb6-e3c7ecfb4638_story.html?utm_term=.690c5b7b38f9

 

Judge clears abortions for two immigrant teens in U.S. custody

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/two-more-pregnant-immigrant-teens-in-custody-ask-judge-to-allow-abortions/2017/12/17/fc8aba7a-d5f7-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html?utm_term=.ce9aa19b6591

https://thinkprogress.org/undocumented-teenagers-abortion-28061844395c/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

 

Seven dirty words, according to the Trump administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/seven-dirty-words-according-to-the-trump-administration/2017/12/18/80f1419e-e417-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.cf4b5678623e

 

Trump’s ticket to survival: Ban all the words

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-ticket-to-survival-ban-all-the-words/2017/12/18/0d9e3e66-e437-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e_story.html?utm_term=.5e7dea8c0185

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Ruth-The-CDC-s-seven-dirty-words_163708354

 

Debate erupts within HHS about “words to avoid”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/12/18/debate-erupts-within-hhs-about-words-to-avoid-such-as-vulnerable-diversity-and-entitlement/?utm_term=.62dabe3b44d9

 

HHS defends withholding comments critical of abortion, transgender policy

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/18/hhs-faith-based-rule-withholding-comments-236759

 

Thought control, Trump-style

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/opinion/thought-control-trump-style.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171219&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=7&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

In America and beyond, the spirit behind public lands is at risk

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/19/america-public-lands-spirit-risk-conservation-environment?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257290&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

EPA chief Pruitt had office swept for surveillance bugs

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/365495-epa-chief-pruitt-had-office-swept-for-surveillance-bugs#.Wjg7sWMetRY.twitter

 

Export-Import Bank nominee faces critical vote

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/export-import-bank-nominee-faces-critical-vote-n829881

 

Trump delivers a mixed message on his national security approach

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/trump-security-strategy-china-russia.html?emc=edit_th_20171219&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-sets-out-national-security-strategy-of-principled-realism-and-global-competition/2017/12/18/7edcb0be-e412-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.9584bea0f0d6

 

Trump inaccurately claims “firsts” in defense speech

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/us/politics/fact-check-trump-national-security-strategy.html?emc=edit_cn_20171219&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Trump’s national security strategy is a farce

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/opinion/trump-national-security-strategy-tillerson-haley.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171219&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

U.S. could broaden use of nuclear weapons, Trump administration signals

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/18/nuclear-weapons-trump-national-security-strategy?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257290&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Murphy decries “disconnect” between Trump’s foreign policy statement, actions

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/252043-stephanie-murphy-decries-disconnect-donald-trumps-foreign-policy-statement-actions

 

When does political discord escalate to incitement? Ask Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/19/political-discord-incitement-donald-trump?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257290&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Welcome to the Trump family swamp

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/welcome-to-the-trump-family-swamp/2017/12/18/01ad0adc-e42e-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html?utm_term=.e95f12901414

 

Ground zero for flooding: Washington’s Trump International Hotel

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-19/ground-zero-for-flooding-washington-s-trump-international-hotel

 

Kushners’ New York City buildings are mostly owned by others

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-kushner-properties-stakes/

 

Why Trump takes legal advice from Fox’s conspiracy-stoking “Judge Jeanine”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/jeanine-pirro-fox-news-trump-booster-and-whisperer

 

“Fox News ruined people’s lives”: Sexual assault victim speaks out

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2017/12/18/fox-news-ruined-peoples-lives-sexual-assault-victim-speaks-out-on-cnn/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.9c526b250d8d

 

Reckoning with a culture of male resentment

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/19/reckoning-with-a-culture-of-male-resentment-sexual-harassment?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=257290&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Weather forecasting faces a new world of challenges ahead

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/12/18/weather-forecasting-faces-a-new-world-of-challenges-ahead/?utm_term=.2718f8b59ced

 

 

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