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Today on Context Florida: Jeb Bush’s refreshing behavior, making corporations pay and the University of West Florida

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Today on Context Florida:

Sarah Maricle Ayers says that Jeb Bush’s sluggish movement in the national polls betrays the refreshingly presidential-like behavior he has been exhibiting. In a campaign environment marked by shallow squabbling and impulsive barb-throwing, Bush’s recent statement about limiting governmental benefits demonstrates a serious and sorely needed focus on policy concerns.

Forcing corporations to pay what they owe can be a tough job. But when Paul Heroux worked in the insurance business and was responsible for getting a corporation to provide compensation for causing an accident or injury, he says he always collected. That’s why Heroux is disappointed some politicians in Washington are talking about giving up on collecting all the taxes due on the $2 trillion in corporate profits stashed offshore. It’s time to make corporations accountable for their responsibilities, he writes. They should pay what they owe.

Shannon Nickinson believes this should be the University of West Florida’s time in the sun. Pensacola’s university saw funding restored this year following a marked improvement on the new state-mandated performance metrics. The measurements –10 in all from academic progression rates, to graduation rates to median first-year salaries for graduates — are Florida’s latest salvo in the ever-expanding effort to apply accountability to education from preschool to higher education.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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