Gov. Rick Scott has been asked to appear before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee which will hold a field hearing January 27 on Florida’s new voting law. The hearing will take place at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), announced.
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday, ordering a comprehensive review of special taxing districts, with the aim of “introducing accountability” and cutting costs. Scott said that a major factor in lowering the cost of living for Floridians are the more than 1,600 special districts that bring in over $15 billion in taxpayer funded revenues each year. Floridians have a right to know what they’re being taxed for and how their taxpayer dollars are spent, he said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered his State of the State address today to the Florida Legislature where he asked for $1 billion in education and vowed to help stamp out fraud in the state’s car insurance system. Largely balderdash and very short on details, Scott’s remarks did little to combat his image as a sinking governor.
Despite the attention paid to Gov. Rick Scott’s ideas about reshaping Florida’s higher education system, it looks like a major overhaul of colleges and universities will wait until the 2013 session. Legislators aren’t ruling out the possibility of addressing at least some of Scott’s ideas this year, but leaders such as House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and even Scott himself seem to be downplaying any expectations of a major shift.
Lawmakers in the Senate said Tuesday they are reluctant to fully embrace changes to higher education like those pushed in Texas and now being championed by Gov. Rick Scott. While several said they are willing to look at the Texas plan, others urged caution saying it needed study. Sen. Steve Oelrich, (R-Cross Creek) and chair of the Senate higher education committee said he will meet with Scott on Wednesday to discuss these reforms.
The other day someone was talking on one of the many shows where people do nothing but, well, talk—and the discussion centered around what you needed to do to regain the support and confidence of your black voters, because without them you would not be re-elected in 2012. Okay, they may be on to something because last poll I saw your popularity is hovering around 39%.
Controversial changes that have rocked Texas’ higher education system may be coming to Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has begun promoting the same changes to the higher education system that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has championed. The proposals include some of the same reforms pushed by conservatives in K-12 schools: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a much greater emphasis on measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.