Orlando Police Chief Val Demings whose gun was stolen from her unmarked department vehicle, received a written censure. Demings received a written censure for not ensuring that the doors of the vehicle were locked. Also stolen were ammo, a police baton and a pair of handcuffs.
No one would ever accuse conservative radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger of harboring progressive views on parenting. But if this excerpt from her new book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms,” is any indication, the good doctor’s 16th opus may turn out to be her most culturally tone-deaf dispatch to date.
Florida Lt. Governor, Jeff Kottkamp, facing a formal complaint over the frequent use of state airplanes from a Clearwater retiree, David Plyer, has named high fliers, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding and former Florida Attorney General Richard Doran as his defense team. Meanwhile, Florida Commission on Ethics finds the complaint “legally sufficient” and has begun a preliminary investigation.
63 percent of Floridians will pay higher taxes if they know how the money is going to be spent. This is the result of a recent Mason Dixon poll. A majority of Floridians believe that it is more important for the state to deliver education and health care services, than to hold on to the commitment not to raise taxes.
Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, will meet with bankers and lawyers to discuss strategies for helping Floridians avoid home foreclosure. This meeting will take place on April 20, in Tampa. Many homeowners who fall behind on their payments do not know whom they should be talking to about loan modifications, or other means to get current, as it is difficult to trace the originators of the loan.
A House proposal which would slash state employees salaries by 4 percent, is too severe says, Chairman of the Senate’s budget committee. Senator J.D. Alexander, R-Winter Haven, who heads the Senate Ways and Means Policy council, says its “pretty challenging” when you make $30,000 a year to take $1,500 our of your pay check.
Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program is under threat, like so many others in the state. There is a proposal to cut 23 percent and 154 jobs from the budget for court advocates for abused and neglected children, those who need it most. If this happens, some 5,700 children would be dropped from the program, said the state’s executive director.