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Florida Today Opinion Writer Shows Problem With Minimum Wage Increase – Although She Doesn’t Realize It.

Isadora Rangel has an opinion piece in the Florida Today concerning pay for teachers and the plan by Governor DeSantis to increase starting teacher pay to $47,500.

It takes a Brevard County public school teacher 16 years to make roughly $47,500 a year. That’s also the starting salary Gov. Ron DeSantis wants for teachers statewide, regardless of experience.

On the surface, the idea of helping teachers skip those 16 years sounds enticing. It’s also a great slogan for DeSantis because, if passed by the Legislature, his plan would make Florida the No. 2 state in the nation for starting teacher pay.

What DeSantis is trying to do is unprecedented. After eight years of embarrassing education funding under former Gov. Rick Scott, it’s refreshing to see a conservative governor who gets the correlation between teacher pay and a good education system.

The funding for teachers has been so “embarrassing” that Florida ranks fourth in student proficiency in the country.

The direct correlation between teacher pay and student performance is tenuous at best, and an unproven myth at worst.
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Bank Fired The Wrong Person.

Emily James, was a senior banker at a U.S. Bank call center in Portland, OR until she was fired at the beginning of the new year.

James’ “crime’ leading to her termination?

An outstanding act of kindness and good will toward a customer during the Christmas season.

On Dec. 23, Emily James, a senior banker at a U.S. Bank call center in Portland, said she spent more than an hour trying to help [Marc] Eugenio, a bank customer whose paycheck from a new job had been placed on hold. The hold meant he couldn’t access the funds – just over $1,000 – and was essentially broke before Christmas.

She told Eugenio to visit his Clackamas bank branch in the morning – Christmas Eve – and ask a bank manager to verify the funds from the issuing bank. Eugenio went to his bank and got his boss to verify his employment, but the branch manager was on vacation, and the bank was closing early for the holiday. There was no one, he was told, who could lift the hold.
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Joe Rogan Interviews Bernie Sanders.

This can’t go well.

And it doesn’t.





Claiming The Need For Money, Sheriff Wayne Ivey Joins Suit Over Budget Vote……Spending More Tax Payer Dollars.

In case you have missed it, Brevard County Officials are involved in what started out as a bruhaha and has involved into a lawsuit.

The issue is the whether the County Commission’s vote to pass “critical need funding” for the Sheriff’s office in 2019 was legal.

Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of declaring a “critical need” related the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office budget. County Commissioner John Tobia cast the no vote.

With that required “supermajority vote” of at least four commissioners, it allows the county to exceed a voter-approved cap in how much money can be raised via property taxes in the Law Enforcement Municipal Service Taxing Unit portion of the budget.

Although property tax rates for the county general fund and 18 other specialized operating tax rates would decline under County Manager Frank Abbate’s proposed budget, that would not be the case for the Law Enforcement MSTU portion of the budget.
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They Don’t Serve Subway In Prison.

Angelo Rey Espinosa and Lorena Ariana Marin

Twenty-two year old Lorena Ariana Marin of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is one heck of a dedicated employee. (Oops! EX-employee.)

Marin and her 19 year old accomplice Angelo Rey Espinosa decided that they would “teach one of the employees a lesson about what could happen late at night in that part of town” by robbing the very Subway shop Marin worked in.

Police said the two entered the restaurant around 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Espinosa allegedly stood near the counter while Marin allegedly verbally and physically threatened the employees after hopping behind the counter. They ushered the employees to the back of the store but one employee ran to her car and got away. Both robbers then fled on foot, police said.

(You can’t make this stuff up.)
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Ellis – Tobia Opinion Piece: We’re Missing Something. We Have To Be.

Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis and Brevard County Commissioner John Tobia have an opinion piece in the Florida Today concerning a lawsuit filed by the Ellis in his capacity as Clerk of the Court.

We’re going to boil down the piece to the relevant portions:

Brevard Commission cannot hide behind closed doors to discuss tax cap lawsuit.

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 on Jan. 7 to discuss, behind closed doors, a lawsuit filed by the Clerk of the Court against the Board.

[….]

Rather than discussing this issue in the sunshine with the Clerk’s Office, the Board has voted to have a closed-door meeting to discuss strategies to fight this lawsuit. (emphasis ours)

The State of Florida has strong laws concerning public meetings and records as it should. Citizens have the right to know what is happening within their governments and for the most part those meetings and discussion should be held in the open.

However, there is an exception to open meetings and that exception is a board meeting to discuss strategy when lawsuit has been filed.
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Representative Brian Mast.

During a hearing held by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Brian Mast, who is a Republican from the 18th District in Florida, brilliantly made the point on the killing of Qassem Soleimani. Because he made the point so well, Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. accused Mast of being “disruptive” when Mast said nothing and was waiting for an answer – an answer that never came.

It’s not like Mast doesn’t have experience or a stake in the game. After all, he is reminded every moment of his life of the effects of the war on terror.

Mast served in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He lost both of his legs to an IED in 2010. His question concerned Americans much like him — the service members who have fought terrorism on the ground in the Middle East and, for many, paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Mast began his statement by conceding that, at the end of the day, the decision to authorize the strike was a choice and compared it to a decision on the battlefield to take out a machine gun nest.
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“Tolerance.”

(image courtesy Ben McCanna @ centralmaine.com)

Riley Harris is a student at the University of Southern Maine. As part of an assignment called “The Introduction to the Visual Book,” Harris made an “art piece” depicting torn pages from the Bible that were colored in red, made to look like flames and images of Satan’s head on Christ’s body.

Harris called the “piece” “Unholy Bible: Very Revised Standard Edition.”

Harris explained regarding his piece, titled called “Unholy Bible: Very Revised Standard Edition”: “I was thinking a lot about questioning authority in general. People question different types of authority, but for some reason religious authority seems too taboo to question, so I thought I would give it a shot.” He stated that the class instructor pointed out that the class assignment, called “The Introduction to the Visual Book,” could engender plagiarism, so Harris picked a book in the public domain.
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And You Thought Palm Bay Demanding Homeowners Hook Up To City Water And Sewage Was Bad.

You may remember that the City of Palm Bay made overtures that would have required homeowners with functioning septic systems to connect to City water and sewage within a year once notified by the City of the services being available within their area.

The hookups would have cost thousands of dollars and after backlash from citizens, the City decided to not visit the issue for now.

Failure to hook up would result in a fine from the City on a daily basis with the City eventually putting liens on homes.

Fines and liens are relatively tame compared to what some people in Lenawee County, Michigan are faced with:

MORENCI, Mich. — In a case touted as a precedent for religious freedom and fair housing, a team of lawyers representing at least 14 Amish households sued the Lenawee County Health Department on Wednesday for what some of those attorneys claim is an unreasonably aggressive, unconstitutional action and an abuse of government power.
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Again, Who Owns Your Property?

So you want to expand your business?

Sorry, in San Francisco, you have to get approval of everyone – even people who aren’t in the neighborhood.

Activists vs. One Man’s Skee-Ball Arcade: How Red Tape Is Ruining San Francisco

Joey Mucha is a three-time Skee-Ball national champion and the owner of Joey the Cat, an arcade rental, repair, and events company that he started in 2010 from his one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco.

After winning some prize money, Mucha was able to purchase his own fleet of Skee-Ball machines and other arcade games. In 2014, he purchased a former car repair shop and turned it a private event space and a place for fixing broken arcade games.
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