Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Florida Senate: Stipend or Salary for Florida School Board Members?

Florida school board members may have thought themselves above the recent gubernatorial and legislative assault on educators, but a proposed state bill finds those who oversee the schools squirming on their dais.

Senator Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) thinks school board members are way overpaid. “Let me say this and I hope it’s printed,” Wise said. “We are number one in something in Florida—salaries of school board members.”

At this writing, "... the state of Florida pays the state’s 355 school board members $10.9 million a year, not including about $5,000 a year per retired school board member."


A bill in the Florida Senate proposes to eliminate board members’ salaries and benefits, replacing both with a stipend of $100 per meeting. Retirement benefits would be eliminated, reducing state spending on school board members to $900,000. Travel expenses would not be: board members could still be reimbursed for mileage or other approved travel.

With unemployment at 12.4 % in the county they serve, as of January 2011, Brevard County individual school board members earn $38,404 annually (and that's sans retirement).

After the last several years of practically begging these folks for a raise and getting nothing but shown the hand, all that can be said is...

...karma, it's a __________. (Complete the sentence as so deserved).

Listen to the podcast of the SPB 7234 presented before the 4/5/11 PreK-12 Committee here.

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At 4/6/11, 5:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:14 AM on April 6, 2011

gop state senators and governors are overpaid by the tea party and koch party who had paid for their elections.
It's a real shame that foriegn tea partys are continually trying to influence and buy our local and state elections. It is my firm beleif that it sahould be illegal for any money to be brought in from out of the local cities, counties, or states for their elections, and no more tea money coming in from tax shelters or chambers or terrorist or other countries outside of the USA
I beleive the tea party and Gop do not care about jobs or economic recovery but instead want to throw tea tantrums and Shut down the Government

At 4/6/11, 5:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:18 AM on April 6, 2011

the gop plans are a no more than a path to poverty for all but the rich upper class who reap yet more profits from those whose tea they control

At 4/6/11, 5:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:26 AM on April 6, 2011

More local governmental "breaking" news:

"Brevard County officials will start charging Clerk of Courts Mitch Needelman's office monthly payments to offset a projected $196,425 health insurance shortfall triggered by his privatization of 127 jobs."

Needelman unilaterally privatized 120+ employees, outsourcing benefits which in turn, impacted retirees' bennies as a result.

The Clerk faces a lawsuit over this brainstorm.


The C of C is yet another perfect example of a perfect use of a recall bill.


At 4/6/11, 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:34 AM on April 6, 2011

Not sure db, maybe if we paid the legislators a little more than 30 grand a year, people that aren't rich or don't have connections that get them no show jobs might be willing to go to Tally..

Sheree, Wise was just re-elected, it wasn't because he was well funded, (he wasn't) he ran a pretty cheap campaign. Not much in the way of special interests donating to him either.. The biggest contribution. I could find, came from a local real estate agents organization, by todays standards it wasn't much. 5 or 6,000 if I recall correctly. His re-election was either because people up there like him, or it was anti Obama backlash. Blacklash is a reason to think carefully about pushing for recall amendments.....

BTW: I think it's nice when the Heritage Foundation and Teachers Unions accidently find themselves on the same side. Sandra posted a video about it on Grumpy

At 4/6/11, 6:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:51 AM on April 6, 2011

I guess the Chuckle Page, couldn't resist requesting censoring anyone with opposing views to the chuckle tea room.
Funny Me or "Mom" never feals that urge... we didn't know Chuckle was a bad word, or a personal attack. oops is grin a bad word?

At 4/6/11, 6:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:24 AM on April 6, 2011

In New Hampshire, the state legislators earn 300 dollars per 2 year term. They get the idea of citizen legislature. George Washington took no money for being president of the nation. The school board should be a volunteer job at most.

At 4/6/11, 6:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:56 AM on April 6, 2011

in florida haridopolis has a 1.5 million dollaR merrit island home, and has finally reported having several other homes and consulting companies with only one client each as well as book deals ect...so he does quite well on a teachers salary....our Senator has personal rnc credit cards too. and the last rnc for florida build airport hangers for his friends jets while the governor has since sold our state jets to his tea buds at a big discount

At 4/6/11, 6:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:54 PM on April 6, 2011

MH's spouse is a physician. It's a two income household.

At 4/6/11, 6:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:01 PM on April 6, 2011

I just love watching how 1 lib can smack down 5 teabaggers here.
way to go!

At 4/6/11, 6:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:56 PM on April 6, 2011


Recall of a politician is not an easy feat. Such a law could not be used randomly.

At 4/6/11, 6:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:19 PM on April 6, 2011

Thanks Fats, just takes a little Faith, and Patience to handle soo many of them, and "mom" is a good moderator!
Mom, You're the greatest!

Keep the Wisconsin Faith too....
according to the milwaukee wisconsine journal sentinel online
which has just reported
Supreme Court race still too close to call,
Kloppenburg has narrow lead over Prosser
so sorry for the tea chuckles... you won't get that news on fox tea v

Updated: 10:48 a.m. | Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg took the slimmest of leads over Justice David Prosser in the state Supreme Court race early Wednesday, after a campaign dominated in recent weeks by Gov. Scott Walker's plan to limit collective bargaining and heavy spending by outside interest groups.

At 4/6/11, 6:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:20 PM on April 6, 2011

too bad we can't Klop our Governor too.

At 4/6/11, 6:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:38 PM on April 6, 2011

County Precincts D. Prosser inc 739,350
Total 3627/3630 (i) J. Kloppenburg 739,574 AND CLIMBING!

GOTTA LOVE THOSE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES..(notice the little (i) ? that don't stand for GOP tea INC.)
KLOP 'EM when they're up, and KLOP 'EM when they're down!
Walker's Dirty Laundry smells like Tea

At 4/6/11, 6:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:46 PM on April 6, 2011

Walker's Dirty Laundry

At 4/6/11, 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:46 PM on April 6, 2011

YES Cay, I jus Love it when Libs Win and start singing and dancing, and then all the baggers can think of doing, is to try to pull the plug on the old victrola and hush up them indepependent rebel rousers before they start a patriotic movement for the People and By the People ... and not BUY THE KOCH TEA

At 4/6/11, 7:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:24 PM on April 6, 2011

Our legislatures in Tallahassee obviously know more about local school problems and capabilities, that's why they want to manage our schools from afar. They know what is going on locally by lobbyists telling them. Local govt.s have to pay th lobbyists to counter other lobbyist, because the legislatures are too high and mighty to seek out solutions to local problems. Just grease their palms.

At 4/6/11, 7:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:00 PM on April 6, 2011

One hand feeding the other, gpabud. :(

At 4/6/11, 7:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:17 PM on April 6, 2011

Hmmm no chuckles?
Hows that Glen Beck Fox Boycott working out for ya?
Answer: Glenn Beck confirmed his imminent departure from his daily Fox News program during the start of his Wednesday show. Beck and Fox News announced earlier on Wednesday that he will "transition" out of daily television
Beck said that he initially had rejected Fox News' offer to start a show, but had changed his mind because "I thought that I had something important to share. I really thought that if I could prove my case that something wicked this way was coming...America would listen. And they have."

Beck said he didn't take the job to make a career for himself. "Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, 'I'm going to do this for the rest of my life,'" he said. "He got off the horse and fought in the revolution."

Finally, Beck addressed his viewers directly. "We will find each other," he said. "I'm developing other content for Fox...I will continue to tell the story, and I'm going to be showing you other ways for us to connect. But I have other things to do.anyway"


At 4/6/11, 7:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:22 PM on April 6, 2011

Scott Walker's 'Waterloo': 19 Counties Flip To Democrats In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race
divisive budget battle between labor unions and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) turned a state Supreme Court race into a nationally watched bellwether on the electorate's mood heading into a recall campaign and the 2012 elections.

Nearly 1.5 million people turned out to vote, representing 33.5 percent of voting-age adults -- 68 percent higher than the 20 percent turnout officials had expected. Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg has already declared victory, with the vote tallies showing her beating incumbent David Prosser by just a couple hundred votes. The race is expected to head to a recount.

Significantly, 19 counties that went for Walker in the 2010 elections this time flipped and went for Kloppenburg, including LaCrosse (59 percent), Sauk (56 percent) and Dunn (56 percent).

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate was jubilant over the results, saying they represent a "watershed moment for Wisconsin and a Waterloo for Scott Walker."

"If we win this, then what happens is the momentum toward the recalls becomes overwhelming, and people will really be fired up because they have a victory," said Pines. "There's nothing like a victory to keep people's motivation high, and there's nothing like a loss to demoralize your opponents."

Democrats have launched recall efforts against all eight eligible Republicans, although a Democratic state senator told The Huffington Post that he believes they have a solid chance at only six of them. Republicans are also targeting six Democrats in recall efforts.

At 4/6/11, 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:29 PM on April 6, 2011

. . . . and the state is still just as broke. Who cares who signs the check if the check is going to bounce.

At 4/6/11, 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:27 PM on April 6, 2011


WASHINGTON (By Dave Clarke) - The wealthy should pay the largest portion of U.S. taxes, JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said on Tuesday, injecting himself into the budget debate as the threat of a government shutdown looms.

Dimon, who also backed getting government spending under control, spoke as Republicans and Democrats failed to reach agreement during White House talks aimed at forging a budget deal that would keep the U.S. government operating beyond Friday.

On Tuesday, House Republicans also unveiled a plan for tackling long-term budget shortfalls that focuses on slashing spending including what goes to Medicare and Medicaid.

"I for one have no problem, as a well-off American... paying taxes," Dimon told the annual spring meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors.

"I think those well off should pay a lion's share, I have no problem with that," he said Dimon singled out education spending as an area where budget cutters should be careful when wielding their knives as he bemoaned the lack of opportunities for lower-income students
If we are not voluntarily fiscally responsible, we will be involuntarily fiscally responsible," he said.

In a wide ranging talk with meeting attendees, Dimon also said new international bank capital standards are excessive and may impede economic growth.

"It will stifle economic growth and I already believe it is," he said.

At 4/6/11, 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:36 PM on April 6, 2011

Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier joked about Glenn Beck's imminent departure from the network on Wednesday.

Fox News and Beck announced that Beck will be ending his daily show later this year, and will instead produce specials for the network.

Baier and Kelly were talking about the fight over the budget, and tossing around lots of numbers.

"Maybe we need a chalkboard" to sort the math out, Baier said. "I don't know, it's not usually my thing."

"Where could we get one?" Kelly joked, grinning. "I don't know!" Baier said.

"One may be becoming available," Kelly said.

Kelly previously said in an interview that "some of the allegations" against Beck "may have foundation."

At 4/6/11, 7:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:37 PM on April 6, 2011

I always wondered if megan was a canabal lizzard from outter space? I might have been right...

At 4/16/11, 7:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloggers everywhere under attack by those who seek to do the public's work in private.





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