The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 26, 1998 · Page 17
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 17

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, March 26, 1998
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r. . . THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 17A I Budgets get 4 OK with time for Haggling t By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau From The Bedspread Store I Pioneer Linens brims you assorted upscale florals take an additonal 25 OFF and contemporary textured patterns. Take 20 OFF better quality Bedspreads. New exclusive designs, color blends and solid colors in fitted and flared corner tailored spreads. TALLAHASSEE Quickly nassinor thpir rpsnertive budcets 1 Ch Wednesday, the House and Sen ate plan to start haggling over tne 355 million difference between On all previously reduced merchandise. Limited time offer Our experienced salespeople will show you how them next week, with the hope of itn: easy it is to coordinate wi sending a final version to Gov. Lawton Chiles with at least seven w ' 1 ; r,rj HA Duvet Covers Coverlets days left in session. Bed Skirts Shams Accent Pillow i TT-ip rpasnn for the timing: lawmakers would have enough 5 1. time to override any line-item vetoes Chiles might exercise, said fJZ) Seriate Ways and Means Com mittee Chairman'Don Sullivan. Pioneer Linens offers an outstanding selection of custom sized bedspreads at low prices you'll appreciate Pioneer Linens werjr ftSen. Tohn Ostalkiewicz. R- Est 191? J and THE MEN'S STORE 301 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach 561-655-6700 1 100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach 561-276-4148 Windermere, was the lone no vote in the Senate, which passed its $45.2 billion budeet 38-1. In the House, the only no vote on that 210 Clematis St. West Palm Beach, Downtown at the Fountain. 655-8553 1-800-207-5463 FREE attendant parking lot at the front entrance. jBiue, sfeep ancf atie wit 'Pioneer jBuxury Binens . chamber s nve budget bills was Ron Rnh Wallace. R-Tamoa and a All sales final. No house charges. No alterations on sale items. No adjustments to prior purchases. perennial protest vote against perennially growing state Dua-gets. SThe bills oassed bv margins ranging from 114-1 to 119-1, de pending on how many members were in the chamber. j Wallace said he analyzed the vvt ivy " v.' v. ' U 1 :''.. : ' t.ti - wt'ia " - -mvm i r r r, , , ,- jrVp i ? budget the previous nignt using the pocket calculator he uses to bajance his family's budget. "The addition key on my calculator started smoking and then burst into flames," he said. The $2.4 billion increase in the state's budget from last year is 5.75 percent, or $160 more for every man, woman and child in Florida, he said. By contrast, he told colleagues, the average Flo-ridian's income would increase only 1.6 percent this year. j He also warned members of the chamber that last year's 10-day conference committee produced a final budget $421 million higher than what the House started with and $221 million higher than the Senate's starting position. He worried that with twice as much time available for this year's conference, the ultimate budget could be $800 million higher than the House's $44.8 billion starting point. f "Let's not get giddy with spending other people's money in conference," Wallace said. j 1 Staff writer Charles Elmore contributed to this story. Preschool consolidation proposed i By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau i TALLAHASSEE The $400 million hodgepodge of state, federal and local programs for subsidized day care and preschool programs would be consolidated into a single system of early childhood education, under a plan unveiled Wednesday. The proposal is House Speaker Daniel Webster's answer to the Governor's Commission on Education's recent report emphasizing early childhood development to improve readiness among kindergartners. I The bill, which Webster hopes will move through committee next week and the floor the following week, would within two years put money for all early intervention, pre-kindergarten, subsidized child care and similar programs into one system. "The problem is the duplication and the confusion and children falling through the cracks," Webster said. f The new system would be overseen by a Children's First Governing Board that would include the governor and the education commissioner. That board would set rules for public-private coalitions in each county that would administer the money locally. Parents eligible for assistance would be given vouchers to put their children in public or private pre-kindergarten programs or home-based child care, similar to the existing system for distributing subsidized day care. I Children would be given a statewide test at ages 3'-, 4!4 and 5 i to gauge how well each coalition is doing. Emphasis would be placed on teaching parents how to teach their children. i "A parent is going to be the best teacher," Webster said. i' The proposal has an uncertain future in the Senate. Education Committee Chairman John Grant said arguments can be made that early childhood eduction is education or that it's a snial service. , (S) j UL-Uil------Jut-AJ'-niniili. lit 1 i i i 1 iAr--it j,i.. 4r- fm 1 1 "1r A i

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