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Florida Times-Union: Penny wise, future foolish on education

If Florida wants to prosper in this century, we cannot skimp on education funding. Yet Florida ranks dead last on effective funding for higher education as well as ranking behind most of the nation on K-12 per-pupil funding and teacher salaries. That is one of the key lessons pulled from a new report from the […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Carole Jean Jordan: On Tax Day, consider burden on business

Tax Day marks the end of one of the most stressful times for small-business owners and individuals alike. The task of filing taxes has become a daunting and often expensive one. I encourage lawmakers and regular citizens to stop by some of their favorite local stores and ask the small-business owners if their taxes are […]

Florida Today: Matt Reed: ‘Think’ before we act, spend on lagoon

Marine scientist Edie Widder, Ph.D., quoted Albert Einstein in urging a smarter approach to saving the Indian River Lagoon: “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.” In other words, our precious estuary is quickly losing plant and animal life. […]

The Tampa Tribune: Legislation that will help community pharmacies in Florida

By Vinod Mehra Special to The Tampa Tribune Legislators are taking notice of a growing imbalance in the relationship between small community pharmacies and the large pharmacy benefit manager corporations (PBMs) that control prescription drug benefits for many Floridians, and are working to correct it. That is good news for patients. As a pharmacy owner, […]

Tallahassee Democrat: Local gardens grow more than food

A place to daydream, a place to explore, a place to learn – community green spaces and gardens provide endless opportunities for local residents. Right here in Tallahassee, in one of the most historic neighborhoods in North Florida, is one of those places. Created to grow healthy food, engage youth and educate residents, Frenchtown’s iGrow […]

Tallahassee Democrat: ‘This is Frenchtown’s farm’ Frenchtown’s iGrow program works to create produce oasis

In Frenchtown’s “D-Block,” where crime, prostitution and poverty are a way of life for some locals, an urban oasis is taking center stage. A working farm, run by mostly young people, has taken root. It began in 2011 and ever since, it’s grown into a living, breathing example of what can thrive when residents put […]

Context Florida: Ed Moore: America is setting the performance bar far too low

I know it seems early, but talk about the 2016 presidential election has already begun. Prognosticators and pundits are opining about who should run, why they should run or why they shouldn’t run. The speculation is inevitable in this age of social media and blogging. The conversation on the Republican side has turned to urging […]

WFTS: Report: Payday loans can cost borrowers much

A report by a federal watchdog has found that about half of all payday loans are made to people who extend the loans so many times they end up paying more in fees than the original amount they borrowed. The report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also shows that four of five […]

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