Recent Florida Matters episodes

Governmental Spending in Real-Life Terms (October 11, 2007)
money on top of a calculator

This week we look at Florida's state budget. Instead of viewing it in terms of millions or billions of dollars, we attempt to humanize the numbers. What do state budget cuts or surpluses really mean? We look for answers in mid-town St. Petersburg...

Homeschooling (October 4, 2007)
mother teaching her child

It wasn't too long ago when the idea of modern home schooling was considered to be the province of hippies and fringe groups — and perhaps a few small religious groups. Not any more. It is most definitely mainstream. Legalized in Florida in 1985...

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (September 27, 2007)
satellite view of the Tampa Bay area

In May, state lawmakers created a regional mass transit authority with the goal of exploring future transportation options for a seven-county region. Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota are among the counties in...

Climate Change and the Media (September 20, 2007)
View of Earth from Space

Thermometers don't lie. There is little question the earth is getting warmer. But the issue of global warming is certainly hot. Is global warming a trend? Is it periodic? Is it natural or manmade? Can it be stopped? It's not the easiest story to...

Tallahassee Report Card (September 13, 2007)
Illustration of a report card

It's been a typically busy year in Tallahassee so far. Lawmakers started the year with a special session on property insurance reform, some would say to mixed results, to be kind. The regular session produced a budget that's resulting in an...

Early Primary (September 6, 2007)
Vote Button
Early Primary

Florida moved its presidential primary from March to January. The major political parties are unhappy. Other states are responding. Florida Democrats stand to lose delegate vote and some candidates say they won't campaign here. What does all this...

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