The House will not appeal a federal court decision upholding new state standards for drawing congressional districts, a spokeswoman for Speakern Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, confirmed Friday.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown said Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott has no authority to deny federal government funding to the Orlando area’s Workforce Central Florida (WCF) Program, which provides education and job training services to those struggling to get back on their feet. Brown added that, despite the current troubles of the jobs agency, it is out of Scott’s purview to halt the program’s funding.
Monday’s more than 90 degree heat didn’t stop about 400 Central Floridians, elected officials and government representatives from turning out to witness the historic kick off of phase one of SunRail, the region’s first-ever commuter rail system, at one of the station stops–Florida Hospital. Estimated to generate over 13,000 new jobs and bring economic benefits to the region of over $1.5 billion, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said that SunRail “is a great day of celebration” for all of Central Florida.
Two Florida constitution amendments that will appear on the November 2 ballot, are turning out to be very contentious. Amendments 5 and 6, which if approved by at least 60 percent of Florida voters will change the way districts are drawn, has pitted U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat and some other black elected officials, against the NAACP and other groups that support the amendments.