Will Weatherford is the 84th speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, a Republican first elected in 2006 representing parts of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. He is the youngest speaker in recent Florida history. Weatherford wasn’t on the ballot in 2006 but was elected because the GOP nominated him to replace Ken Littlefield, who was appointed to the Public Service Commission.
Weatherford was born Nov. 14, 1979, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Jacksonville University and worked as a real estate broker and aide to House Speaker Allan Bense before getting elected. He is married to Bense's daughter, Courtney, and they live in Wesley Chapel with three daughters.
The biggest headline is that Weatherford’s proposed $10.8 billion in pre-K-12 education is $165 million more than what Gov. Rick Scott’s proposing in his proposed budget and $335 million more than this year. In higher education, Weatherford is hoping to spend $3.6 billion, or about $500 …
“A lot of folks say it’s going to take billions of dollars,” Evers said. “It may. But we as a Legislature made the decision not to make full contributions in past years. And now it’s time we step up to the plate.”
Florida State University and University of Florida are the state's pre-eminent universities, and there are new hints that there may be attempts again to get tuition flexibility built into this special status. Here is an excerpt from a story about the true ramifications of the tuition proposals being considered during …
The Florida House will consider a bill Thursday that limits tuition differential to 6 percent and eliminates automatic tuition increases tied to inflation. Here is an excerpt from a story about the true ramifications of the tuition proposals being considered during the 2014 session:
A steadily improving Florida economy means that lawmakers will have a bit more revenue in this year’s budget.
But as the second week in this year’s 60-day legislative session comes to an end, lawmakers are backing away from using their oversight powers to intervene with how Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is managing the CONNECT project.
The Capitol Security plan changes are below.
Florida is spending about $733 million on technology this year out of a $74 billion budget.
During his opening speech of the 2014 legislative session, the House Speaker announced he and his wife Courtney are expecting their fourth child.
Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford laid out his agenda for the next 60 days of the 2014 legislative session, and it sounds much like his vision for the previous year -- making great social progress with as little government as possible.