The Point, June 30, 2020: DeSantis’ $1 Billion Budget Cut Hits Local Substance Abuse Facilities, UF Math Program


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• News Service of Florida: DeSantis Vetoes ‘Big Hit’ To Health Care Budget. “In trying to balance the 2020-2021 budget, which takes effect Wednesday, DeSantis vetoed scores of health care-related projects but also cut into what is known as the ‘base budget,’ which includes programs funded with recurring dollars.” Click here to see the full veto list.

• Gainesville Sun ($): UF math program subtracted by DeSantis“The Lastinger Center, for the second straight year, was not included in the state budget. Also among those locally hit were substance abuse treatment centers in Alachua and Bradford, and water and waste infrastructure for Newberry’s State Road 26.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville Publix workers test positive for COVID-19. “At the three other locations — Esplanade At Butler Plaza, 3100 SW 35th Blvd.; Springhill Commons, 9200 NW 39th Ave.; and Butler Plaza West, 3930 SW Archer Road — more than one associate tested positive.”

• The Alligator: Timeline of significant LGBTQ+ related policy in Florida” (Joe) Antonelli said Alachua County has passed laws that protect the LGBTQ+ community, including sexual orientation, gender identity and diversity training. Here is a look at significant LGBTQ+-related policy in Alachua County and Florida starting in the 1800s.”

• Florida Times-Union ($): Jacksonville man killed in Putnam County shooting. “A Saturday-morning shooting in a Florahome cottage left a 35-year-old Jacksonville man dead in what could be a ‘Stand Your Ground’ incident, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.”

• Florida Politics: 3 Marion County electeds back Ryan Chamberlin for CD 3. “Congressional candidate Ryan Chamberlin picked up a trio of endorsements in his bid for the Republican nomination in Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. The new backers: Marion County Tax Collector George Albright, Sen. Dennis Baxley and former Marion County Commissioner Mike Amsden.”

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Around the state today

• Miami Herald ($): Man yelling ‘white power’ in video retweeted by Trump is ex-Miami-Dade firefighter. “One day later, his former department also took to Twitter to distance itself from 71-year-old Roger Stokes, a resident of The Villages, a massive retirement community an hour’s drive (from) Orlando.”

• Florida Politics: Gov. DeSantis cuts $2 million prison improvement master plan.“One of the many fatalities of this year’s historic budget vetoes is $2 million intended to develop a master plan to modernize the state’s correctional infrastructure.”

• New York Times ($): Florida Court Will Hear Video Appeal in Robert Kraft Case.“A three-judge panel in the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach will hear an appeal of the case against the New England Patriots’ owner, Robert K. Kraft, this week when it considers a lower court’s decision to throw out video evidence that is central to the two misdemeanor charges against him for solicitation of prostitution.”

• St. Augustine Record ($): New lawsuit filed over Confederate memorial in St. Augustine.“A lawsuit filed in St. Johns County Circuit Court seeks to force the city of St. Augustine to review plans to remove its Confederate memorial to ensure the 19th century obelisk won’t be damaged.”

• Politico: Jacksonville to order mask-wearing ahead of GOP convention“(Jacksonville Mayor Lenny) Curry is determined to have the GOP convention take place safely in Jacksonville, and those familiar with his thinking say he wants to do what he can to once again reduce infection rates and rising hospitalizations.”

• Tampa Bay Times ($): Masks are dividing Florida’s Republican leaders as coronavirus outbreak spreads.“The record-setting pace of new coronavirus cases in Florida has been met with mixed signals from Republican leaders over how far to push Floridians to wear masks. Monday was an exposition in how a piece of cloth has vexed the party of freedom and personal responsibility.”

• WLRN: South Florida Beaches Close For July 4 Weekend. “South Florida officials are closing beaches for the July 4th holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases spike.”

• FL Keys News ($): Beaches in the Keys will close this week in advance of July 4 due to COVID-19 spread. “The news came as the Keys Monday reported a daily record high of positive cases of the novel coronavirus, 17, – to make a new total of 236.”

• WUWF: Chiles’ 1970 Walk To Connect With Voters Still Resonates. “In June 1970, Lawton Chiles was completing a 1,000-mile walk across Florida. The trek earned Chiles the nickname ‘Walkin’ Lawton’ and helped him win a seat in the U.S. Senate.”

From NPR News

• National: Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

• World: WHO Chief On COVID-19 Pandemic: ‘The Worst Is Yet To Come’

• World: Trump Tops Iran’s List Of U.S. Officials Wanted In Killing Of Top General In January

• World: Afghan War Veteran Talks About Bounties Russia Offered Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops

• Race: India Sees A Change Sparked By Black Lives Matter Movement

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