Don Gaetz

Government

State education bill allows “open enrollment”

Provision allows students to transfer across county lines

A provision to allow students to transfer across county lines one of many measures that lawmakers OK'd on the last day of the legislative session. Read full story

Health

Don Gaetz says expanding health care is dead

State Sen Don Gaetz says expansion of health care to Floridians who don't have it is likely dead for three to five years. At least. Read full story

Education

Senate OKs bill helping disabled children further education options

The Florida Senate unanimously approved a measure that seeks to expand educational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities. Read full story

Government

Tax cuts are all that’s on Tallahassee’s mind

At the Greater Pensacola Chamber's legislative luncheon the talk was all of tax cuts and other raw meat for the 2016 political season. Read full story

Government

Pensacola bridge landing plan could take small steps

On Nov. 3, a plan to build a gateway landing for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge could take an incremental step forward. Read full story

Government

Florida lawmakers get wealthier

Pensacola metro area lawmakers, Don Gaetz notwithstanding, lack money-muscle of state peers

Florida lawmakers' financial disclosure forms for 2014 now are all filed with the Florida Ethics Commission. How do Pensacola area lawmakers fare? Read full story

Economy

How effective was the Oil Spill Recovery Act?

The Oil Spill Recovery Act's goal was to create good, sustainable jobs to diversify the region’s economy, heavily dependent on military and tourism dollars. So far, mission accomplished. Read full story

Triumph Gulf Coast

A ‘living endowment’ for region’s economy

Triumph Gulf Coast's charge is to use BP money to boost the regions economic prospects

The five board members of Triumph Gulf Coast, charged with investing $1.5 billion in BP oil spill fines, got their marching orders Tuesday. Read full story

Government

Scott slashes $461 million from budget

Funding for Pensacola airport, National Flight Academy, Whiting Field Aviation Park among Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes from the state budget. Read full story

Government

What’s in the state budget for Pensacola?

As budget vote nears, a recap of Pensacola area projects it contains

The 2016 state budget is set to be voted on later today. Read full story

Government

Gaetz touts ethics bill in Senate

State Sen. Don Gaetz says bill he sponsors is a step toward improved government accountability. Read full story

Education Report 2015

The miseducation of the FCAT generation

Call it the tale of the tape. Read full story