Area's Legislators Offer Their State of the State Reports

By Maraghy, Mary | The Florida Times Union, July 3, 2008 | Go to article overview

Area's Legislators Offer Their State of the State Reports


Maraghy, Mary, The Florida Times Union


Byline: MARY MARAGHY

"Everyone is suffering" was a predominant theme as four Florida legislators gave their own state of the state addresses Friday morning for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

The state budget went from $73 billion to $66 billion.

"That's a lot to have to cut," said Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach. "We're all going to have to share the suffering."

Lynn said Florida has created its first state college as part of a pilot program. Daytona State College, formerly a community college, now offers two-year and four-year degrees.

Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, said the state is making a much-needed paradigm shift to virtual schooling. In some places, students are taking courses on iPods.

"Kids today learn different than us old fogies," he said, showing his cell phone recently programmed by his sixth-grade nephew. "He put a picture of George Bush on there and I can't get it off."

Wise believes education is the key to ending crime, thus he's excited about a 20-year plan to save $7 million to provide a prepaid college scholarship to all sixth-graders in the state. Wise said residents can donate to the fund through their electric bill plus legislators hope to get some lottery money. …

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