Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mayor Alvin Brown's plan to streamline city job-creating functions by transforming the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission into an executive-run Office of Economic Development is now official.
Mayor Brown signed his economic development legislation (2012-212) today at 9:30 a.m. while commending City Council for the unanimous vote on June 26, 2012, backing the mayor's vision for Jacksonville's future.
"This is more than policy and it's more than structure," said the mayor. "It's the unanimous opinion of our elected City Council to do what's right for the taxpayers. It's the conversation-starter with business leaders wondering where to expand or relocate. And it's a solution for the nearly 38,000 people in our city who remain out of work and deserve a chance to rebuild themselves."
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Jacksonville is facing an 61.3 percent increase in how much it will have to contribute to the Police and Fire Pension Fund, with the amount projected to top $122 million for each of the next three yeas.
That means the city's contribution will be equal to just over 80 percent of its unionized public safety payroll.
Last fiscal year, the police and fire fund received $75.6 million from the city.
The increase stems from a new actuarial valuation report that requires the fund to change several of the assumptions that help determine how much money it needs.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
ORLANDO - Ignoring the will of Gov. Rick Scott, the Board of Governors for the state's university system approved 15 percent tuition increases for four of the 11 universities Thursday. The University of North Florida was not one of them.
UNF had asked for 15 percent but instead got 13 percent, which President John Delaney said isn't enough.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Little progress has been made in restoring the Everglades and the fragile ecosystem continues to be degraded as projects with the greatest potential benefits are put off, a congressionally mandated report released Thursday found.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
TALLAHASSEE | University of North Florida President John Delaney said Wednesday that the school's lagging graduation rate was its "Achilles heel" as he presented of the school's 2012-13 work plan to the state's Board of Governors.
A set of committees are considering plans from every state university, with final votes by the board set for this afternoon. Its strategic planning committee gave the non-financial portions of UNF's plans an initial green-light Wednesday but didn't vote the on proposed 15 percent tuition hike or fee hikes, which will be addressed today.