Town Hall questions http://blog.wlrn.org en What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-do-about-rising-cost-college-tuition <p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the 2013 legislative session, we've&nbsp;been posing questions to Tallahassee lawmakers that were raised at a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-town-hall-tackles-states-tough-issues-legislatures-2013-session" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News Town Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;last February.</span></p><p>Among the topics is the rising cost of higher education in Florida.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 13356 at http://blog.wlrn.org What To Do About The Rising Cost Of College Tuition Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/are-florida-politicians-responding-rising-sea-levels <p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:06:55 +0000 Marva Hinton 12883 at http://blog.wlrn.org Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels? WLRN Town Hall: How Can We Increase Parent Participation In Schools? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/wlrn-town-hall-how-can-we-increase-parent-participation-schools <p></p><p><font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><font size="2" style="font-size: 11pt">Education was a hot topic at the <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/wlrn-town-hall-tackles-states-tough-issues-legislatures-2013-session" target="_blank">WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall</a> meeting in February. </font></font></p><p><font face="Calibri, sans-serif"><font size="2" style="font-size: 11pt">Only a small portion of the questions that came in were asked during the panel discussion. But we're working to get as many answered as possible.</font></font></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:05:06 +0000 Gina Jordan 12421 at http://blog.wlrn.org WLRN Town Hall: How Can We Increase Parent Participation In Schools? Law Of The Land In Florida Is A Source Of Irritation For Asians http://blog.wlrn.org/post/law-land-florida-source-irritation-asians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a question we received from one of several hundred South Florida residents who attended a recent&nbsp;</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">/Miami Herald Town Hall that was held just prior to the current legislative session.</span></p><p>This one comes from friend-of-WLRN&nbsp;<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wlrn/files/201304/PiyushAgrawal.JPG" target="_blank">Piyush Agrawal</a>, a scholar, educator, businessman and philanthropist who lives in Weston:</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:28:14 +0000 Rick Stone 12058 at http://blog.wlrn.org Law Of The Land In Florida Is A Source Of Irritation For Asians Despite Legislative Slide From Hostile To Neutral, Marijuana Bill Seems Doomed http://blog.wlrn.org/post/despite-legislative-slide-hostile-neutral-marijuana-bill-seems-doomed <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>National opinion surveys are showing increasing support for medical uses of marijuana. Patients are puffing away legally in 18 states and the climate for medicinal pot has even become more welcoming in Florida.</p><p>Is Florida about to become State No. 19?</p><p>The question arose during the WLRN/Miami Herald Town Hall before the legislative session began. The questioner was Juan Palenzuela of Hollywood:</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:05:11 +0000 Rick Stone 12159 at http://blog.wlrn.org Despite Legislative Slide From Hostile To Neutral, Marijuana Bill Seems Doomed Bookseller Wonders, Why Doesn't Florida Get Sales Tax For Stuff You Buy On The Internet? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bookseller-wonders-why-doesnt-florida-get-sales-tax-stuff-you-buy-internet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida's sales tax is a huge competitive downside for local retailers who sell the same products as their Internet competitors.</span></p><p>Because online sellers rarely collect the sales tax, it leaves the brick-and-mortar shops at a roughly 7-percent price disadvantage.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that's why business and retail lobbies have been demanding sales tax collection for online sales for years.</span></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 11148 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bookseller Wonders, Why Doesn't Florida Get Sales Tax For Stuff You Buy On The Internet? Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing http://blog.wlrn.org/post/campaign-contributions-bill-touches-nerve-lawmakers-are-already-addressing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House and Senate are taking ethics and elections seriously this year. Bills to widen voting opportunities by restoring pre-2011 early voting days and hours are making their way through both chambers.</p><p>But there's a bill in the House that would originally have increased campaign contribution limits from their current $500 to $10,000.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 11042 at http://blog.wlrn.org Campaign Contributions Bill Touches A Nerve That Lawmakers Are Already Addressing Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill http://blog.wlrn.org/post/payers-pin-hopes-alimony-reform-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When <a href="http://wlrn.org/insight" target="_blank">WLRN's Public Insight Network</a> asked for comments about the alimony laws in Florida, it tapped into a very deep vein of anger and resentment.</p><p>Commenters told us about ex-husbands who could no longer plan to retire because of their lifetime alimony obligations. We heard from second wives who worried that the courts could come after their own income if it increased their husbands' ability to pay.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:36:18 +0000 Rick Stone 10146 at http://blog.wlrn.org Payers Pin Hopes On Alimony Reform Bill