Budget

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Congress has passed a funding measure that keeps the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) going through March — the program insures hundreds of thousands of kids in Florida.

But without a permanent solution in place by the end of January, many families could see their coverage lapse and Governor Rick Scott won’t say whether they should be worried.


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Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday unveiled his last budget proposal as the state’s chief executive in Jacksonville.

Scott said it represents a historic investment across the board.


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The Duval County School Board is considering changing several of its budgeting practices after overspending by about $18 million in the 2016-2017 school year.

Board members got a look at the results of an internal review of the budget Tuesday afternoon.


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In a show of governmental unity Thursday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Sheriff Mike Williams, Fire Chief Kurtis Wilson and State Attorney Melissa Nelson had a wide-ranging discussion on public safety and the city’s newest budget.

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The Jacksonville City Council has authorized 100 new police officers to be added to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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The Jacksonville City Council is expected to approve its annual budget Tuesday evening.

One of the most contentious issues has been whether council should approve a priority of Mayor Lenny Curry: hiring 100 new police officers.

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For the third year in a row, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is making public safety the focus of his proposed budget.

Curry presented the spending plan to City Council Monday morning.

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Duval Schools could invest more in professional development for teachers while putting less money into the district’s emergency fund. These are among the possibilities, as Florida public schools face uncertainty over how much state funding they’ll have for the next school year.

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The Duval County School Board will continue budgeting for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money it’s working with.

Florida Governor Rick Scott hasn’t said whether he’ll sign a massive education bill, HB7069, that would increase teacher bonuses but significantly cut capital dollars for traditional public schools and encourage charters to replace failing schools. Duval board members are calling for Scott to veto it.

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The Jacksonville City Council approved a budget of more than a billion dollars Tuesday evening.

The spending plan focuses on public safety and paying off pension debt.

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The Jacksonville City Council will have to decide whether to take more than $4.5 million away from downtown improvements or find the money elsewhere.

The Council Auditor presented his overview of the mayor’s proposed budget Thursday morning.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry unveiled an austere city budget Monday that “reflects the constraints that we face due to increasing pension costs.”

Many services are remaining at minimum levels, while nearly a third of the whole budget is going toward pension costs.


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Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Wednesday signing 53-pages’ worth of tax cuts into law.

The recurring and one-time cuts total $400 million.

But that’s significantly less than what Scott asked lawmakers to pass this year.


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Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

At a news conference in Jacksonville Monday morning, Scott went over some of the highlights of his Florida First Budget.

One of those highlights is a substantial revision to how the state doles out money for indigent health care.

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The Jacksonville City Council is asking for more information about a homeless day shelter that’s set to close at the end of this month.

Dozens of shelter advocates showed up at City Hall Monday night, pleading for funding to not be cut from the city’s budget.

 


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