Capital ReportAuthor: ssafran@npr.org
17 Oct 2018

Capital Report

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WFSU/Florida Public Radio reporters, as well as reporters from public radio stations across the state, bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers between legislative sessions, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business or the arts, Capital Report gives information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians. Capital Report is broadcast each Friday at 6:30 pm and 9:00pm ET on 88.9FM - WFSU Tallahassee, 5:30 pm CT on 89.1FM -WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings). During Florida Legislative Session: Weekdays 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm ET - 88.9FM WFSU Tallahassee & Weekdays 5:30 pm CT - 89.1FM WFSW Panama City and on public radio stations across the state (check local listings).

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    Capital Report: 10/05/2018

    Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis has released his plan for Florida’s economy. Ryan Dailey reports the former congressman bills himself as an enemy of taxes, as state Democrats attack him for his economic record in Washington. Veteran Republican lobbyist and advocate Mac Stipanovich shares his thoughts on the state’s gubernatorial race. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi this week announced an investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Florida. As we hear from Ellin (eye-LEEN) De La Paz with member station WUSF in Tampa, it’s led to a tip line where victims can make their allegations known. Fundraising began this week for a state-sanctioned scholarship program that helps victims of bullying and other mistreatment at school. The Hope Scholarship program is part of a sweeping education law passed by the Florida Legislature last March and signed by Governor Rick Scott. Gina Jordan reports the program applies to students in kindergarten through 12 th grade.

  • Posted on 11 Oct 2018

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    Fundraising Begins For Hope Scholarships For Bullied Students

    Fundraising began this week for a state-sanctioned scholarship program that helps victims of bullying and other mistreatment at school. The Hope Scholarship program for K – 12 students is part of a sweeping education law passed by the Florida Legislature last March and signed by Governor Rick Scott. When the legislative session opened in January, House Speaker Richard Corcoran gave an impassioned speech about education.

  • Posted on 05 Oct 2018

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    Capital Report: 09-28-2018

    Child advocates are pushing for changes in the way Florida law treats kids in welfare and the state’s juvenile justice system. Lynn Hatter reports the Children’s Campaign of Florida rolled out varying proposals Friday. Voters will decide whether to place victims’ rights in the Florida Constitution this November. Advocates say it’s necessary to give victims a voice in the criminal justice process. But opponents argue these rights already exist under Florida law. Shawn Mulcahy reports. Florida wildlife officials have reported continued elevated levels of the organism Karenia Brevis along the state’s Gulf coast. That’s creating toxic red tide algae blooms from Pinellas County south to Collier County. The blooms kill marine life and cause respiratory issues for people. Richard Stumpf (Stump-ff) is an algal bloom researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. WUSF’s Jessica Meszaros spoke with him about the red tide bloom that’s been persisting on the state’s west

  • Posted on 29 Sep 2018

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    Capital Report: 09-21-2018

    The number of Floridians living in poverty has fallen since the Great Recession. But it’s still higher than the national average. According to federal data 14 percent of Floridians had incomes below the poverty line. The figure is closer to 13.2 percent nationally. Lynn Hatter takes a look what it means to live below the state poverty line, or in some cases, right on the edge. We told you last week about a minimum wage case before the Florida Supreme Court. We heard from supporters of a 2016 Miami Beach ordinance. This week, Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan has reaction from the other side. Gubernatorial candidates from both parties this week debuted their education platforms to Florida voters. Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum stand ideologically opposed on many fronts – like school choice and how to fund a teacher pay increase. But as Ryan Dailey reports, one educational issue is getting bipartisan support: workforce training. The former head of Florida’s juvenile

  • Posted on 22 Sep 2018

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    Business Group Explains Opposition To Miami Beach Minimum Wage

    A minimum wage case before the Florida Supreme Court will determine whether Miami Beach can move ahead with an ordinance passed by the city commission in 2016. The issue is whether a 2003 state law stopping local governments from setting their own minimum wage supersedes a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment. Miami Beach city commissioners voted to phase in a higher minimum wage that would reach $13.31 an hour by 2021. That would be about $5 more an hour than the state’s minimum wage.

  • Posted on 21 Sep 2018

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