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By Chris Cavanaugh

School Board Urges Desantis to Veto HB5007, Accept Federal Aid


Last updated 6/3/2020 at 2:33pm

In a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the Polk County School Board voted unanimously to sign and send an open letter to Governor Ron DeSantis. The aim of the open letter was to encourage DeSantis to veto HB5007. It also urged the governor to meet the application deadline for education funding through the CARES Act that was passed in late March.

HB5007 was passed Feb. 13, a full month before COVID-19 struck. If passed, the bill would increase the rate that state employers pay into the Florida Retirement System, and state employers would be paying for the increase. The letter stated, "appr...

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