Florida Legislature

Education

Kindergarten readiness rates stalled another year

As the state struggles with kindergarten readiness testing for a second consecutive year, low performing providers of the state's voluntary prekindergarten program remain status quo for another year. Read full story

Education

Ripley’s believe it or not: Pay Florida teachers based on their high school test scores

State lawmakers have come up with a peculiar plan to award teachers bonuses based on the SAT or ACT scores they got in high school. Read full story

Education

Florida schools’ math and reading scores are pretty good

A new report from the education department shows Florida students are doing well on math and reading scores when taking in account the state’s demographics. Read full story

Government

New laws include growlers, ticket quotas, more

A slew of new laws take effect on July 1. Read on to see what's among them. 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 will survive Scott’s veto pen?

As TaxWatch combs budget for "turkeys", conservation group saysit will back vetoes of late adds to budget

As TaxWatch combs the state budget for "turkeys", a conservation group says it will back vetoes of late adds to budget. Read full story

Government

State budget awaits Scott’s signature

Finally, Florida lawmakers passed a budget. Now it awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature. 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

Education

Scholarships for teachers part of state budget

The state budget heading to a vote Friday includes $44 million that would be used to award "scholarships" of as much as $10,000 to teachers based on their SAT or ACT scores. Read full story

Government

Tallahassee deal on hospital funding

Lawmakers struck a deal Friday on how to spend about $2 billion in hospital funding in the budget year that begins July 1. Read full story

Government

Senate, House closer on tax cuts

A longer back-to-school tax holiday, cuts in tax on cell-phone and cable-TV services on the table as $400 million tax-cut package heads to the full Senate. Read full story

Government

Gov. Scott signs landmark pension reform bill

The new pension reform agreement between the City of Pensacola and the firefighters’ union was the third agreement reached by the mayor, following the significant reforms negotiated with both the general employees’ union and police union in 2012. Read full story