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Union officials uneasy about USF budget cuts listen

05/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent weeks we’ve reported on the mandated budget cuts at some of Florida’s top Universities, particularly at USF and USF- St. Pete.

Last week, USF President Judy Genshaft said there would be 450 positions cut, but only 70 people or so would actually lose their jobs because those other positions hadn’t been filled.

Bill McClellan, president of Local 3342 AFSCME, told WMNF that much of his rank and file are working under the fear that they too may not have much job security at ...

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Pinellas teachers give school board an earful listen

05/28/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Pinellas County school board meeting last night was crowded with students being honored for their achievements, their proud parents holding cameras and the teachers who helped them along the way. But the largest group was the 50 or so teachers, dressed in dark colors to symbolize their frustrations with proposed pay cuts and closing schools.

Kim Black, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, says that even Texas, another state with no income tax, didn’t increase the...

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USF St. Pete chancellor shoulders budget cuts listen

05/28/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As the result of a current deficit of nearly $36 million, the University of South Florida last week announced plans to cut $50 million by eliminating about 450 jobs.

President Judy Genshaft said she plans to lay off about 70 employees in the coming weeks, with the rest of the eliminated jobs already vacant.

As part of the budget cuts, USF will also make some structural changes. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the administration and operating expenses for smaller departments, s...

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The Tax Cut Myth

05/21/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Ever since the Reagan presidency, tax cuts have become an article of faith for conservatives. According to conservative economists, tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, increase the capital available for investment, expand the economy and the benefits eventually reach the wider population.

Our guests have studied the federal tax cuts given to taxpayers during the last 27 years, and they have arrived at some interesting conclusions. One of which is that George Bush’s tax cuts have put t...

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Fitzgerald Town Hall listen

05/21/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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State Rep. Keith Fitzgerald for Legislative District 69 spoke to constituents at a Post-Session Town Hall Meeting last night.

Fitzgerald started his Town Hall with a happy tone due to excitement over a face to face meeting with presidential candidate Barack Obama. As the subject changed to the Post-Session theme, he became serious. Claiming the downturn in Florida is not just because of the economy but because of poor revenue policies in general. He is disappointed and angry that the Legis...

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Board of Governors vice chair at Tiger Bay listen

05/20/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Since voters approved a constitutional amendment creating the body in 2002, the Board of Governors has directed Florida’s eleven public universities. Today at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg, the vice chair of Florida’s Board of Governors, Sheila McDevitt discussed the ways that politics play a role in higher education.

Florida’s state universities are loosing good professors and administrators and are poorly considered by the most respected publication in the field, t...

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Pinellas schools look at budget cuts listen

05/06/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Due to budget cuts, Pinellas County schools must find a way to trim $43 million. Making this more difficult is the fact that providing medical insurance benefits to employees will increase by $11.5 million next year. Because employee salaries and benefits make up one of the largest budget items, the controversial idea of decreasing teacher salaries was considered in a workshop this morning.

Outgoing Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools Clayton Wilcox said the school district is no lo...

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School voucher proposal gets new life listen

04/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The state Commission that meets once every 20 years finished up its business today with a flourish. The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission adjourned today after voting to revive the school tuition-voucher program that was axed by the Florida Supreme Court nearly 2 ½ years ago.

The Commission also passed a proposal requiring school districts to spend 65 cents of every education dollar in the classroom. They later decided to combine the two as one ballot item.

The voucher proposal wou...

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USF students protest budget cut plan listen

04/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today at the University of South Florida Tampa campus, more than 200 students marched to stop what they fear will be the consolidation of small departments.

Students and faculty from Africana Studies, Women’s Studies and other departments ended their march by cramming into a breezeway of the Administration Building. There they asked heated questions for over an hour of Ralph Wilcox, who is USF’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

After a rally on the Martin Luth...

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Critics try to stop "Academic Freedom" bill listen

04/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A group formed to stop creationism from being taught in public school science classes spoke out in Tallahassee today.

The Florida Citizens for Science criticized the Evolution Academic Freedom Act bills pending in both houses in the state legislature.

The bill is being sponsored in the Senate by Eastern Hillsborough Republican Ronda Storms, and in the House by Lake County Republican D. Alan Hays.

In a bid to reduce criticism that the bill paves the way for creationism to be taught...

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