What will 2012 bring for the Sunshine State? – The News
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Twelve things to watch for in Florida in 2012:
12. A NEW LEGISLATURE, OR MORE OF THE SAME?: When voters approved constitutional amendments numbers 5 and 6 last year, some undoubtedly believed they were laying the groundwork for a sea change in how the Legislature is chosen. For decades, many have bemoaned voters don’t choose lawmakers; rather lawmakers choose voters. In drawing the legislative and congressional boundaries, gerrymandering has featured prominently, and some say the result has been too many non-competitive elections that prevent change in the makeup of political representation.
11. U.S. SENATE RACE MATTERS: Whether U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson can win a third term is part of the national political calculus in the coming election year with control of the U.S. Senate possibly in the balance. Nelson, a Democrat first elected to the Senate in 2000, doesn’t yet know who he’ll face, but recent polls make it look likely the GOP candidate could be Fort Myers U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV.
10. HIGHER EDUCATION: This is down on the list because it may be that not much happens. But if something does happen, it could be a big deal. Gov. Rick Scott is starting to talk to anyone who will listen about the need for Florida taxpayers to get more for their money from the state university system – and about prospects for turning the university system from a university system for students into an economic development tool for the state. Building a better workforce through technology (actually through science, technology, engineering and math), is a new, big part of Scott’s idea for creating jobs, something he’s staked his governorship on. The universities are aware of where Scott wants to go.
9. PIP: BEYOND FRAUD DOME: Fraud is bad. That is about the only consensus that could be reached as players in the game of personal injury protection car insurance met in 2011 to map out reforms to curb the rise in the cost of the coverage created in the 1970s to
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