September 15, 2014

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| 6/9/2014

Surpluses and tax cuts for some states, deficits for others

For the first time since the recession ended, state revenues and employment have both surpassed pre-recession levels, at least in the country as a whole. But if this is finally the “good times,” it sure doesn’t feel like it to some states. [Source: Stateline]


Florida’s former ‘dropout factories’ churn out diplomas

In Broward and Miami-Dade — where the chances of graduating on time were a coin flip just a decade ago — graduation rates have reached the mid- and upper-70th percentile. Thousands more seniors now earn diplomas on time, and inner city schools where fewer than half the students once made it now graduate three in four. [Source: Miami Herald]


South Florida named 'American Dream' region

South Florida is considered an "American Dream" place, where residents believe that they are working for and achieving a better life for their families and future generations, according to a new study. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


Push to climate change a key issue in Florida governor's race

One of America's wealthiest investors is hoping to defeat Gov. Rick Scott by putting big money into making climate change a major political issue in Florida. NextGen Climate aims to raise $100 million and spend it on seven races around the country, including the Scott-Crist contest. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


J. Stanley Marshall
Dr. J. Stanley Marshall

JMI announces the passing of its founder, Dr. J. Stanley Marshall

The James Madison Institute (JMI) announced that its founder, former Florida State University President J. Stanley Marshall, died Sunday, June 8, 2014. A science educator, Marshall served as FSU's President during the tumultuous 60's. During that time, FSU’s science education program became noted for its rigorous standards, graduating excellent teachers for Florida’s high schools. He later founded the James Madison Institute, a state-based “think tank” to advocate on behalf of individual liberty and free-market solutions. Full announcement from JMI is here (includes video).


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› UF recruits 37 faculty in first round of preeminence hiring
The University of Florida has recruited more than three dozen distinguished faculty members from around the world as the first round of hires in the university's "Preeminence Plan" to rise among the nation's top public universities.
» Related: UF takes a crack at cracking the top 10

› Hospital prices continue to rise in Southwest Florida
Prices for the most common hospital procedures continued to climb in 2012 in Southwest Florida, according to the second year of data from the Medicare system.

› Solar Fest shows potential, hurdles of renewable energy
With the cost of solar panels plunging and financing options expanding, now is the time to explore sun, wind and other renewable energies for homes and businesses. That was the message at the second annual Go Solar Fest.

› Florida State teaches veterans business skills
Florida State University is in the midst of hosting 24 military veterans for an "entrepreneurship boot camp" for veterans with the disabilities.


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