A $13 million grant to help displaced Puerto Ricans in Florida find jobs, highlights from Orlando's failed bid for Amazon's HQ2 and other news you may have missed
A $13 million grant to help displaced Puerto Ricans in Florida find jobs:
Announced Thursday by Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, the U.S. Secretary of Labor has awarded Florida more than $13 million for the National Dislocated Worker Grant. The program provides extra money to states as a response to an increased number of unemployed workers, such as the nearly 300,000 Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders who relocated to Florida following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
CRC proposal could unravel privacy guarantees for Floridians:
An amendment proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission seeks to make changes to the state's privacy provision. John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, who proposed the amendment, says it would merely "require Florida courts to interpret the privacy clause in the manner intended by its original drafters." But Jon Mills, co-author of the state's 1980 privacy amendment (so: one of those original drafters), says, "Florida's privacy amendment offers Floridians a shield to protect themselves in a future in which technology and government intrusions are not predictable and frankly, completely unknowable. ... If Florida's privacy amendment did not extend protections to personal autonomy and decision-making, there is no doubt that Florida citizens would be subject to a higher possibility of governmental intrusion into their private lives."
Orlando's failed bid for Amazon's HQ2 involved millions in tax incentives, free land and a new high school:
The Orlando Economic Partnership released details on Thursday from the region's failed bid for Amazon's secondary headquarters, and it's safe to say Orlando really put it all out to woo the company, citing the talented workforce, available land and the commitment to digital infrastructure. At one point the proposal says, "We're lit." However, there were a couple of sections of the proposal that we thought were a little strange, like when it stated that we have a worthwhile public transportation system, and that Orlando has a very affordable cost of living. Visit our website for highlights from the 142-page proposal.
Floridians will decide on restoring voting rights to 1.5 million former felons in November:
The "Voting Restoration Amendment" will appear on the ballot this fall as Amendment 4, which would automatically restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation. The amendment does not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses – they would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the governor and Cabinet decide to restore their voting rights on a case-by-case basis.
Interior Secretary apparently went 'rogue' in exempting Florida from offshore drilling plan:
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is in the hot seat after he went "rogue" in the decision to exempt Florida from expanded offshore drilling, which left President Donald Trump reportedly not pleased. Sources with direct knowledge of the incident said that Trump had specifically asked Zinke about the drilling decision in a Jan. 10 cabinet meeting, just a day after the announcement, but that their conversation was not contentious. Per the report, Zinke did not coordinate with any member of the White House prior to making the decision.