As Gov. Rick Scott continues to push for a $2,500 pay raise for teachers, in stops in Gainesville and Tampa on Thursday, the head of the powerful Senate Budget Committee cautioned that such an allocation wont be an easy fiscal sell in the Legislature.
The state is moving to replace the pension plan that employees have only had to chip into for the past year with an investment-based retirement plan that would be based more on employee contributions.
Only future employees, those hired after Jan. 1, 2014, would be required to participate in the new investment plan, similar to a 401(k) retirement plan, as currently drafted.
Saying they would never repeat such a sweetheart deal as the Miami Marlins received in 2009, Miami-Dade County commissioners agreed to lobby state legislators to increase the hotel bed tax by 1 percent. That would help pay for $400 million in improvements to the Miami Dolphins' home.
Saying the Dolphins opened up their books to them, unlike dealings with the Marlins, commissioners voted to advance for now the public-private partnership for Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.
The website 24/7 Wall Street has come out with its list of the best and worst run cities in America.
Dont look in the list of top 20 cities best run -- topped by Plano, Texas, and Madison, Wis. -- for an entry from Florida.
Fiscal management, including strong general obligation debt ratings from Moodys, were key for those getting high marks from the Delaware-based fiscal news website.
However, the Sunshine State does have the honor of three cities gracing the 20 worst run: Orlando, 10; Hialeah, 5; and Miami, 2.
Gov. Rick Scott will seek an across-the-board pay raise for Floridas public school teachers due to cost about $480 million, he said following the state Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
He declined to break the figure into percentages or say how much of a per-teacher increase he will ask legislators for, saying he will discuss further details when he appears at Ocoee Middle School in Central Florida later today.