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Jacksonville City Council Approves Pension Reform Package

On Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council, in a 16-3 vote, approved new pension reform legislation, seen as a major step forward in a very long journey in the effort to tackle the city’s massive pension costs.

We spoke with veteran Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein about where the pension package goes from here.

  “The next step will likely involve some back-and-forth with the board of the Police and Fire Pension Fund,” says Bauerlein.

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Campaign Cash Flowing In Special Elections

When St. Augustine Republican John Thrasher left the Senate last month to become president of Florida State University, his departure created a domino effect that will lead to three special legislative elections in early 2015.But it hasn’t taken long f…

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FCAT Retake Programs Give Students Another Shot At Success

Kedrick Brown knows what can happen when you don’t pass Florida’s statewide exams by senior year.

“My brother was one of them and he stressed it to me enough all the time,” he standing in class on a recent morning. “He always told me that you know, you should focus all the time because he wishes he could go back and take it and now he has to get his GED and all this stuff.

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To Lessen Debt, Jacksonville City Council Votes To Reduce Future Police, Fire Benefits

The Jacksonville City Council has passed a pension reform package in an effort to reduce the city’s deficit of more than $1.6 billion . Three council members voted against the bill, while 16 voted for it despite many of them expressing reservations.

Just after the vote Tuesday evening,  council member Bill Gulliford said the measure goes a small way toward reducing debt, but the council still has its work cut out for it going forward.

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