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.
The Senate Regulated Industries Committee is beginning to look at research compiled by its staff that poses a variety of options the Legislature could consider if it wants to expand gaming, including opening the door for huge hotel and casino chains like Las Vegas Sands or Wynn Resorts to enter the Florida market.
Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to freeze rule making for agencies under his purview is drawing heat from some, even within his own party. Scott, who signed the executive order shortly after his swearing-in on Tuesday, said the purpose was to be fiscally responsible, even as an evaluation of all rules and regulations takes place.
Even as Gov. Rick Scott promised total openness as governor, reporters had limited to access to inaugural events in state buildings over the past two days and some were even escorted out of events, after they had already entered. Scott managed to attend 12 public inaugural events without pausing once to answer reporters’ questions.