Counting costs isn't straight-forward
For the state of Florida, "there is not an additional cost with implementation of the Common Core standards."
There are lots of ways to compare states on education funding
"We’re 48th in K-12 funding and 50th in higher education."
Picking a grad rate stat is like "all of the above" on multiple choice exam
Florida’s "high school graduation rates continue to increase at the fastest rate in the nation, with Florida leading the nation in the rate of Hispanic graduates."
Not so simple
Says that while Foster was mayor, Rick Kriseman was "ineffective" in the Florida House of Representatives because "there was no legislation that passed the House that had (Kriseman’s) name on it."
2035 is a long way off
"If we don't spend money on a pier, then that money does wipe into the general funds of the city or the county, and if you send it to the county, you never see it again."
Accident data is out of focus
"The fact is that red light cameras change driver behavior and cut down on the most dangerous types of accidents."
Comprehensive data is lacking for state-by-state comparisons
"Over 12,000 school kids were arrested in Florida. It makes Florida the nation's leader in that area."
Only some Guard members -- and that pay cut is for part of the year
"The FL Guard has defended our freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq, and put their lives at risk; now the fed govt is going to cut their pay 20%."
Let them eat cake ... or not?
"We're already seeing bakers and florists and photographers forced to participate in same-sex marriages under the threat of law and in some cases even jail."
We're off to the races
United Florida Horsemen
Says Florida "rubber-stamped phony horse racing."
Many ways to measure
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Says President Obama has cracked down "on employers who are attracting undocumented immigrants and hiring them more than any previous president."
Not just 2012, and includes grads not looking for jobs
"More than half of last year's U.S. college graduates are unemployed or underemployed."
So specific, so many caveats
"We cut taxes 24 times."
A lot of dough, but doesn't drive deficit
"Expanding Medicaid would require borrowing more money, drastically expanding our deficit."
Feds haven't yet tallied actual cuts
"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."
Not that fast
"Every Florida teacher gets a pay raise."
Construction jobs are temporary
Friends of Miami First
The Dolphins stadium renovation will "create more than 4,000 new local jobs."
Bill makes many changes, some discretionary
Christopher L. Smith
The election bill "allows persons to correct an absentee ballot if they did not sign it and requires an extra two hours a day for early voting. Everything else in this bill is discretionary."
GOP loves talking state debt
"Rick Scott has paid down our debt by about $2 billion. Charlie Crist’s debt went up about $5 billion."
This may not result in the classic case of hoarding
American Bird Conservancy
A proposed bill in the Florida Legislature "would authorize the public hoarding of cats by feral cat activists."
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