Showing posts with label rick scott. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rick scott. Show all posts

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Democratic reps ask Scott how he will protect Florida from proposed Trump cuts to SNAP

Recently, nine Florida Democratic U.S. representatives sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott outlining their concern over President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

“Upon the release of President Trump’s budget, we are deeply concerned about the proposal to “re-balance the Federal/State partnership in SNAP benefits to low-income households,” the representatives wrote. “This proposal will shift 25 percent of SNAP costs to the State of Florida by 2023. More than two-thirds of SNAP households include children, seniors, individuals with disabilities and low-wage workers. SNAP is essential to keeping poor and vulnerable Floridians from going hungry. At a time when Florida’s budget is already strained, this has the potential to drastically affect how our constituents are served, and we are requesting information on how your administration intends to respond.”

The Florida delegation members who signed the letter included U.S. Reps. Al Lawson (FL-5), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Darren Soto (FL-9), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Val Demings (FL-10), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Alcee Hastings (FL-23), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).

Monday, June 05, 2017

FAMU the only public university spared from Scott’s veto pen

Florida A&M was the only public university that Gov. Rick Scott chose to spare from his veto pen this year. Every other public university took line item vetoes in the 2017-2018 General Appropriations Act that the governor signed last week.

New College of Florida, which isn’t classified as a university but is still part of the State University System of Florida, also escaped line item vetoes from Scott.

FAMU’s line items in this year’s appropriations bill include: $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center, $1M for “increasing online course offerings,” and $3.5M for the Center for Access and Student Success.

Florida State University, which is led by Scott’s former reelection campaign Chair John Thrasher, took $20,897,730 in line item vetoes. Scott slashed: $8M for the Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization Building, $5M for the Stem Teaching Lab, $4M for Land Acquisition, $1M for College of Law Scholarships/Faculty, $700,000 for the Health Equity Research Institute, $608,111 for the Florida Campus Compact, $489,619 for Evaluation of Behavioral Health System of Care in Florida at the FSU Medical School, $300,000 for the Next Generation Ultra-High Field Magnets, $300,000 for the Charles Hilton Endowed Professorship, $250,000 for the Pepper Center Long Term Care Proposal, and $250,000 for the Learning System Institute.

Out of all the public universities that took line item vetoes, Florida Polytechnic had the smallest amount removed. It lost $150,000 for a “Feasibility Study to Relocate the Florida Highway Patrol Academy to” its campus.

View the full list of line item vetoes here.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Scott within striking distance of Nelson’s U.S. Senate seat after helping Trump win Florida

The Florida GOP is gaining ground in its long-held goal to unseat the last statewide elected Democratic official in the state.

A recent poll by the Saint Leo University showed that Republican Gov. Rick Scott is within the margin of error in a potential 2018 general election challenge against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.

The poll asked respondents whom they would support if the November 2018 election was being that day and they were presented with a choice between Scott and Nelson for Senate. The results were close, with Nelson’s support at 38.7 percent compared to Scott at 34.3 percent. Nearly 17 percent could not decide, and 10.3 percent said they want someone else.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Lawson touts FAMU’s new direction during meeting between BOT chairs and Scott

Chairs from each of the State University System’s Boards of Trustees shared key information and concerns with Gov. Rick Scott during a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 21.

Kelvin Lawson, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a participant in the meeting, said he was encouraged by the session and believes it was very productive.

“I thought it was a good forum. The governor has been very interested in higher education in the state, very interested in job creation, and very interested in making sure that when students graduate from one of our institutions that there is a job available to them, primarily in the State of Florida,” said Lawson, who is a FAMU alumnus.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

FAMU veteran inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

On November 9, Gov. Rick Scott inducted Col. (Ret.) Washington J. Sanchez, Jr. an alumnus of Florida A&M University, into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“We are incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and we must take every opportunity to thank and honor these brave service men and women,” Scott said.

Sanchez, a member of the FAMU Class of 1964, was commissioned into the U.S. Army through FAMU’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. He is a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose countless, inexhaustible volunteer hours supporting veterans in need has earned him statewide honors. A respected leader in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he serves as chairman and CEO of the non-profit Florida Veterans Foundation, which provides emergency assistance to veterans in crisis.

Monday, May 16, 2016

FAMU going through fifth BOT chair change in less than 14 months

The chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees has changed five times in less than 14 months. Tensions between the administration of FAMU President Elmira Mangum and top Republican officials in Florida have been at the center of all the shake-ups.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about FAMU Trustee Rufus Montgomery, who Gov. Rick Scott appointed in 2011: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

The governor won his reelection race just over two months after Mangum made that statement about Rufus in the Democrat. Mangum later agreed to continue the tradition of hosting the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast on the FAMU campus. But Rufus, who was then vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the president refused to let the university reimburse the travel expenses of certain trustees who wanted to attend the prayer breakfast.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Warren was another low-quality trustee with no loyalty to FAMU

For years the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has declined many excellent applications for the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) in order to appoint low-quality individuals like Cleve Warren. The BOG finally got rid of Warren yesterday after he spent years hurting FAMU.

The end of Warren’s time on the BOT came after he chose to keep silent about FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s slights against top Republican politicians in the state of Florida.

Warren didn’t lift a finger to help when FAMU lost budget authority for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering after 28 years or after the vice-president for audit and compliance reported “potential interference” in his work. He also didn’t speak out about the terrible media relations by the current administration.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Florida Senate confirms Carter and Washington’s appointments

On Thursday of last week, the Florida Senate confirmed the appointments of Matt Carter and Nicole Washington to the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees.

Carter, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2018. Washington, an appointee of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), was confirmed for a term that ends on January 6, 2020.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Warren’s silence on Mangum’s slights toward state GOP officials sends message

Florida A&M University receives its annual appropriations from a legislature that has a Republican majority. The relationship between the FAMU president’s office and the state GOP leadership went downhill during Elmira Mangum’s first year at the university and is continuing its steady decline. But current FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Cleve Warren has shown no signs of caring.

Back when the BOT voted to hire Mangum in 2014, Rattler Nation wrote about how FAMU presidents have faced tough challenges ever since the Republicans gained control of the legislature and governorship in the 1990s.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Carter gets big pat on the back from Scott after publicly mocking FAMU alumni lawmakers

Former Board of Governors (BOG) member Matthew Carter II has received a big pat on the back from Gov. Rick Scott after loudly scolding Florida A&M University alumni lawmakers who expressed concern about their alma mater in August.

On December 18, Scott appointed Carter to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). There’s already talk in Tallahassee that moving Carter from the BOG to FAMU is part of an effort to fast-track him into the FAMU chairmanship in time for a likely presidential search in the upcoming months. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether President Elmira Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Carter’s former colleagues on the BOG can create a vacancy in the FAMU chairmanship as soon as they get ready. Current Chairman Cleve Warren’s term expired more than a year ago on January 6, 2015.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clark says small number of alumni on FAMU Board of Trustees unacceptable

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats on the respective Boards of Trustees. But FAMU alumni only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT), down from six last year.

Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, the newly elected president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA), is speaking out against that different treatment of FAMU. According to WCTV-6, Clark “says the lower number of alumni on the board does not mirror other universities in the state system.”

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” Clark said in an interview with the TV station. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alumni lawmakers still ignoring decision to reduce FAMU alumni to minority in appointed BOT seats

Florida A&M University has gone from having six of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees filled by alumni in 2015 to now only three. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

But the alumni lawmakers of FAMU still haven’t publicly taken Gov. Rick Scott or the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) to task for this.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Four FAMU BOT members’ terms have expired

The terms of four sitting trustees at Florida A&M University have expired.

Those trustees are: Kelvin Lawson, Belinda Shannon, Cleve Warren, and Karl White. The Board of Trustees (BOT) also has a seat that has been vacant ever since Spurgeon McWilliams stepped down on Oct. 28.

The appointment decisions that Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) make will carry high stakes for FAMU President Elmira Mangum. June 30, 2016 is the deadline for a discussion on whether Mangum’s employment will be renewed. She began a three-year contract on April 1, 2014.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Alumni lawmakers letting Scott, BOG, and Thrasher run over FAMU

In 2015, FAMU lost control of a multi-million dollar college budget after 28 years and saw its alumni become a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats.

If any of those things had happened to the University of Florida, Florida State University, or the University of South Florida, their alumni lawmakers would be up in arms. But the FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature have remained quiet about these attacks against the university.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

FAMU deserves to have alumni in most of its 11 appointed BOT seats just like UF, FSU, and USF

Gov. Rick Scott and BOG Chairman Thomas Kuntz
Currently, only three of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU Board of Trustees are filled by alumni. At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats.

Alumni of the University of South Florida have eight of the 11 appointed seats on its Board of Trustees.

The small number of FAMU alumni that the Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have chosen to appoint to the FAMU Board of Trustees is an insult. It suggests that FAMU doesn’t have as many alumni who are up to the task of leadership as UF, FSU, and USF.

FAMU deserves to have most of its 11 appointed BOT seats filled by alumni just as much as UF, FSU, and USF do.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

FAMU only has 3 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 10

Gov. Rick Scott speaks before the Board of Governors
The Florida Governor’s Office and Board of Governors (BOG) have treated the state’s two land-grant universities very differently when it comes to appointing alumni trustees. 

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed three alumni to the Board of Trustees at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

Scott appoints three to FAMU Board of Trustees

(L-R) Matthew Carter, David Lawrence, Jr., and Gary McCoy
Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Board of Trustees.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Travel reimbursement dispute over Governor’s Prayer Breakfast preceded BOT shakeup

Joe Bullard, Elmira Mangum, Chuck Badger, and Gayle Andrews at the 2015 Inaugural Prayer Breakfast
A set of emails that POLITICO Florida obtained show that a bitter dispute over travel reimbursements for certain FAMU trustees who wanted to attended the January 6, 2015 Inaugural Prayer Breakfast preceded a major shakeup on the board.

At the time of the prayer breakfast in honor of Gov. Rick Scott’s election to a second term, FAMU President Elmira Mangum appeared to be working to mend fences with him.

Back on August 23, 2014, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a story that included the following comments that Mangum made about FAMU Trustee Rufus Montgomery, who Scott appointed in 2011: “Reminded that Montgomery is closely affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to FAMU’s board, Mangum responded: ‘What does that say about the people that appointed him?’”

Friday, October 23, 2015

Students protest as Scott prepares to make appointments that will decide Mangum’s fate

Back in 2011, FAMU Student Body President Breyon Love led close to 1,200 students in a march to the Florida Governor’s Mansion to protest Gov. Rick Scott’s request for the university Board of Trustees to suspend President James H. Ammons. Scott asked the board to take that action seven days after it rejected a motion by Trustee Rufus Montgomery to place Ammons on administrative leave.

Yesterday, Rufus’ attempt to get rid of the president who succeeded Ammons led to another student protest and a march to the governor’s office.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Boyce steps down from FAMU Board of Trustees after 14 months

Lucas Boyce left the FAMU Board of Trustees on Monday after serving 14 months of a three and half year term.

Boyce informed Chairman Rufus Montgomery of his decision to step down in a letter on Sept. 28. He didn’t provide details about why he chose to leave.

“Please let this communication serve as notice to you and the rest of the Trustees of my resignation from the board of FAMU University,” he wrote.

Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed Boyce on July 21, 2014. His appointment was to end on January 6, 2018.