Tally rally: “Equal Pay for Equal Work”

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Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione (left) and Valerie Jones, the mother of Alexis Miranda, speak out for safer roads. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News.

There’s a rally in Tallahassee Tuesday called Equal Pay for Equal Work to support a bill in the Florida Legislature called the Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Act; it would guarantee that Florida’s women receive equal pay for equal work. Our guest on WMNF’s MidPoint was Lisa Montelione, former Tampa City Council member and recent candidate for state house in north Tampa.

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The Facebook event page says, “Every Floridian deserves the chance to get a good-paying job that provides economic security for them and their families.” It’s co-sponsored by Tampa Democratic House member Janet Cruz and Lori Berman from Lantana. In the State Senate the sponsor is Orlando Democrat Linda Stewart.

We also looked at how much Florida taxpayers are spending on lawyers’ fees. From the AP:

‘Florida doesn’t track how much money the state spends on outside attorneys to advance its agenda. So The Associated Press asked for public records and did the math. The result: Florida taxpayers have spent over $237 million on private lawyering and nearly $16 million in attorney fees for the opposing side in cases under Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Lawyers hired to wage Scott’s water war with Georgia charge up to $825 per hour. The Republican House budget chief calls the legal bill “insane.” ‘

 

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