Today's news -- December 8, 2017

 

 

 

Property tax money could be key in education budget *

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers do not use an increase in property tax collections to support schools. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes a $200 increase in per-student funding for the kindergarten-through-high-school system. Scott wants to increase the overall K-12 budget by $770 million, which includes a $450 million increase in “required local effort” property taxes. While the amount of collections would go up, the school districts would retain the same tax rate. The increase in collections would be the result of rising property values and new construction. House leaders have successfully opposed using the increase in so-called RLE tax collections the past two years, arguing such a move would represent a tax hike. The projected increases were offset by tax-rate reductions in the last two state budgets, forcing lawmakers to shift other state money into schools to boost funding. In a meeting of the Senate Pre-K-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, asked Stewart about Scott’s proposal to maintain the RLE rate to provide more school funding next year. “Should property taxes increase as we expect they will, that allows us to be able to increase this budget to historic levels of state funding, total funding and per-student funding,” Stewart said. Under Scott’s proposal, total K-12 funding would increase to $21.4 billion, including $11.9 billion in state money. Per-student funding would increase to $7,497, up from $7,297 in the current year. “We would find ourselves unable to do that if we did not leave the RLE (rate) at the current level,” Stewart said. “And we would find ourselves woefully short because there is not enough state funding to be able to bring those increases.” “Is it safe to say in terms of the K-12 budget if we continue to do what we’ve done in the last two years we will be in trouble?” asked Montford, a former Leon County superintendent of schools who also heads the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. “That’s right,” Stewart replied. Other elements of Scott’s school budget that depend on more money include $198 million needed for a projected increase of 27,000 students next academic year. Scott also wants an $18 million increase in a program that funds classroom supplies for teachers. Teachers would get $350 a year for the supplies, an increase of $100 over the current level. Lawmakers will debate the new state budget when the 2018 legislative session begins next month. Stewart also gave the Senate subcommittee an update Thursday on students who are coming to Florida from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where communities were devastated by Hurricane Maria. As of last week, Stewart said districts had reported 8,960 students enrolling from Puerto Rico and 820 from the Virgin Islands. Overall, Florida has more than 2.8 million students in its 67 districts. Orange County had the most enrollments with 2,396 students from Puerto Rico and 321 from the Virgin Islands. Osceola County had the largest percentage enrollment increase at 2.1 percent, representing 1,363 students from Puerto Rico and 21 from the Virgin Islands. Stewart said the Florida Virtual School, which provides online classes, has had a 5 percent enrollment increase, representing 331 students.

http://www.theledger.com/news/20171207/property-tax-money-could-be-key-in-education-budget

 

Three SBOE member terms end this month

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/07/three-florida-board-of-education-member-terms-end-this-month/

 

In school funding court battles, there's been a winning shift

http://www.governing.com/topics/finance/gov-winning-shift-school-funding-court-battles.html

 

Voucher schools backed by DeVos teach whatever they want. Often times it’s lies.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/school-voucher-evangelical-education-betsy-devos_us_5a021962e4b04e96f0c6093c?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=__TheMorningEmail__120817&utm_content=__TheMorningEmail__120817+CID_173efd91693b5266cb3a3858f02c38de&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=HuffPost&ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__120817

 

Bill offering free college tuition to Florida residents moves ahead

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Free-College-Tuition-Bill-Moves-Forward-Florida-462631123.html

 

Arrests of undocumented immigrants rise in state amid Trump crackdown

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-florida-immigrant-arrests-20171207-story.html

 

Futures in jeopardy, “Dreamers” get backing of big names and businesses

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/us/dreamers-shutdown-laurene-jobs.html?emc=edit_th_20171208&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=3179832

 

Congress should protect “Dreamers” for the good of Florida and the country

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/Column-Congress-should-protect-Dreamers-for-the-good-of-Florida-and-the-country_163381852

 

Stop demonizing immigrants for cheap political points

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-stop-demonizing-immigrants-for-cheap-political-points-front-burner-20171206-story.html

 

Florida job cuts increase in November

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-challenger-november-job-cuts-20171207-story.html

 

Latvala’s star witness in sex-harassment case is a campaign supporter

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/08/latvalas-star-witness-in-sex-harassment-case-is-a-campaign-supporter-139590

 

Most Senate Democrats silent in calling for Latvala's resignation

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/12/08/most-senate-democrats-silent-in-calling-for-latvalas-resignation-138721

 

Report: Loss of health care mandate would hit South and Central Florida

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/251312-report-says-loss-health-care-mandate-hit-south-central-florida-hard

 

Health insurance enrollment up in state as deadline nears

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171207/health-insurance-enrollment-up-in-florida-as-deadline-nears

 

The Republican war on children

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/opinion/republicans-children-health-chip.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171208&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=4&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

No city would ever pass this tax bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-city-would-ever-pass-this-tax-bill/2017/12/07/899216ac-dad5-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.992ffab96f18

 

GOP tax agenda could hurt scientific advancement in the U.S.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/07/gop-tax-agenda-could-hurt-scientific-advancement-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.83e958ec9caf

 

Renewable energy is surging. The GOP tax bill could curtail that.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/climate/tax-overhaul-energy-wind-solar.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Tax bill could make “dark money” political contributions tax deductible

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/08/politics/tax-bill-dark-money-political-contributions-tax-deductible/index.html

 

Republicans are bringing “welfare queen” politics to the tax cut fight

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/12/08/republicans-are-bringing-welfare-queen-politics-to-the-tax-cut-fight/?utm_term=.b077961e9706

 

GOP abandoned conservative principles with tax bills

http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/363840-gop-abandoned-conservative-principles-with-tax-bills

 

On tax bill, it’s Trump vs. his hometown

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/nyregion/tax-bill-republican-trump-new-york.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

If the GOP tax plan hurts you, congressmen say it’s your state’s fault

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/nyregion/republican-tax-plan-new-york.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

CEO says changes to Senate tax-cut bill “wipes out” what Trump has done for coal

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/energy-environment/363496-coal-ceo-gop-tax-bill-wipes-us-out-destroys-thousands-of

 

The Trump administration’s coal bailout

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/opinion/trump-coal-bailout.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ty_20171208&nl=opinion-today&nl_art=8&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Miami high schoolers reportedly get academic credit to help Kochs push GOP tax bill

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-students-campaign-for-gop-tax-bill-9888096

 

Congressional tax bill could make Tampa airport borrowing more expensive

http://www.tbo.com/news/business/airlines/Congressional-tax-bill-could-make-Tampa-airport-borrowing-more-expensive_163346751

 

Tax bill protest draws crowd to downtown Sarasota

http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20171207/tax-bill-protest-draws-crowd-to-downtown-sarasota

 

Congress approves two-week stopgap to keep government funded

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/us/politics/house-government-shutdown.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/congress-set-to-delay-shutdown-setting-up-bigger-spending-fight-later/2017/12/07/6b6712fa-db51-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.2050da259c77

 

Congress just averted a government shutdown -- but maybe not for long

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/12/08/congress-just-averted-a-government-shutdown-but-maybe-not-for-long/?utm_term=.b5ec2fdbc501

 

Trump-Russia investigation: The key questions answered

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/dec/08/donald-trump-russia-investigation-key-questions-latest-news-collusion-timeline?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=255824&subid=7590566&CMP=GT_US_collection

 

Previously undisclosed emails show follow-up after Trump Tower meeting

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/07/politics/previously-undisclosed-emails-after-trump-tower-meeting/index.html

 

Russian social media exec sought to help Trump campaign in 2016, emails show

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/russian-social-media-executive-sought-to-help-trump-campaign-in-2016-emails-show/2017/12/07/31ec8d90-db9a-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.5255cdeb2324

 

Congress may not press Don Jr. on call with dad, but Mueller probably will

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-junior-attorney-client-privilege-congress-versus-special-counsel

 

FBI director denies political bias is tainting investigations

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/us/politics/fbi-director-political-bias-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

Nunes cleared of misconduct over disclosing monitoring of Trump aides

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/us/politics/devin-nunes-is-cleared-of-wrongdoing-for-disclosing-monitoring-of-trump-aides.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/intelligence-chairman-devin-nunes-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-house-ethics-probe/2017/12/07/b607b1e2-dba7-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.58eeff85aae3

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/ethics-committee-clears-rep-devin-nunes-287125

 

What if Mueller catches Trump -- and it isn’t enough?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-if-mueller-catches-trump--and-it-isnt-enough/2017/12/07/8c55de94-db81-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.9560d35769bc

 

U.S. added 228,000 jobs in November

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/business/economy/jobs-report.html?emc=edit_na_20171208&nl=breaking-news&nlid=3179832&ref=headline

 

Pittsburgh’s water system is why we shouldn’t run America like a business

https://www.thenation.com/article/pittsburghs-water-system-is-why-we-shouldnt-run-america-like-a-business/

 

Inside the opposition to a net neutrality repeal

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/technology/net-neutrality-protests-opposition.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nl_art=&nlid=3179832&ref=headline&te=1

 

South Florida residents protest outside Verizon stores ahead of net neutrality vote

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/12/07/net-neutrality-protests-verizon-store/

 

ABC: Footage shows Sessions sparring with interns

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/newly-released-footage-justice-department-sessions-interns?utm_content=bufferb8cb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Azar, Trump’s HHS pick, has already been a disaster for people with diabetes

https://www.thenation.com/article/alex-azar-trumps-hhs-pick-has-already-been-a-disaster-for-people-with-diabetes/

 

Trump will suspend a rule to limit a pollutant far worse than carbon

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/07/trump-will-delay-a-rule-to-limit-a-pollutant-far-worse-than-carbon/?utm_term=.40adbdd395d9

 

Zinke booked government helicopters to attend D.C. events

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/07/ryan-zinke-helicopters-dc-212730

 

Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.

https://www.cjr.org/analysis/fake-news-media-election-trump.php

 

Fox's pro-Trump hosts are working overtime to discredit Mueller

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/07/media/fox-news-mueller-investigation-coverage/index.html

 

Anti-Trump bias? Two mistakes at ABC News show it’s not that simple.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/07/anti-trump-bias-two-mistakes-at-abc-news-show-its-not-that-simple/?utm_term=.68405a4815b4

 

O’Keefe, practitioner of the sting, has an ally in Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/us/politics/james-okeefe-project-veritas-trump.html?emc=edit_cn_20171208&nl=first-draft&nlid=3179832&te=1

 

Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it’s a monster

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/07/scientists-just-found-the-oldest-known-black-hole-and-its-a-monster/?utm_term=.eba1a046b299

 

 

 

 

 

 

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