Monday, December 11, 2006

FLORIDA DIGEST December 11, 2006

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The Sun-Sentinel,0,956982.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

Ron Klein vs. Clay Shaw race for U.S. House seat cost $63.51 per voter
TV ads accounted for much of spending in House contest

By Anthony Man
Political writer

December 11, 2006

Spending in the contentious Ron Klein-Clay Shaw congressional contest thisyear reached stratospheric levels by Election Day. The total, which exceeds$13.5 million, works out to $63.51 for every vote cast in the Broward-PalmBeach county district.

Klein's victory in November was the culmination of one of the most expensivecongressional contests in the country. The reason is no secret to any SouthFloridian with a television set. The contest was fought largely over theairwaves in one of the nation's most expensive television markets.

Klein, a Democrat from Boca Raton, and Shaw, a Republican from FortLauderdale, spent a combined $7.7 million. In addition, $5.9 million wasspent on their behalf, with 96 percent of that cash coming from theDemocratic and Republican committees charged with supplementing efforts bytheir parties' congressional candidates.


Higher wage, minimum problem

In the days before Florida voters passed a minimum wage amendment to thestate constitution, business owners and their industry advocates werepredicting doom.

An increase would spell calamity for Florida's tourism, retail andhospitality sectors, create a spike in unemployment, dim economic growth andlead to a vast exodus of industries to lower-wage-paying states.

Rick McAllister, president and chief executive of the Florida RetailFederation, joined that chorus, saying that boosting the floor above $5.15"could have a billion-dollar inflationary effect" on Florida's economy.

Two years later -- with a new Democratic-controlled Congress poised toincrease the federal minimum wage to $7.25 (a jump that would mean a 58-centraise for Florida workers) -- none of that has come to pass.


The Sun-Sentinel,0,7263376.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

Florida's university presidents are among the highest paid in the nation

By Scott Travis
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 11, 2006

Florida's universities may not be considered the best in the nation, butthey do rank high in one category: presidents' salaries.

This year, three of the state's public university presidents surpassed the$500,000 mark, while a fourth barely missed, according to a recent reportfrom The Chronicle of Higher Education, a well-known almanac of academia.Last year, none surpassed $500,000.

Bernard Machen, of the University of Florida, at $730,676, and John Hitt, ofthe University of Central Florida, at $684,000, are among the 10highest-paid public university presidents in the country, according to themagazine.

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