Florida Five: Builders worried about worker shortage, Fla. Supremes approve pot amendment

Here are the stories they are talking about across the state today:

Weatherford says marijuana amendment opens door to ‘pot shop on every corner’: Over the objections of Attorney General Pam Bondi, top state Republicans and three fellow justices, the Florida Supreme Courtmedicalmarijuana0127 Monday approved the language for a proposed constitutional amendment to make marijuana legal for some medical purposes in the Sunshine State. Read more.

Gov. Scott announces ‘historic’ increase funding for Florida schools: At an elementary school in Delray Beach, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that “historic funding” would be included in the next budget for public schools, state colleges and universities.The funding includes “operating funds of $18.84 billion for K-12 public schools, $2 billion for state colleges and $3.59 billion for Florida’s public universities- all of which are the largest total investments in Florida history,” according to a statement from the governor’s office. Read more.

Now hiring: Specialized workers needed in Florida: Developers and builders in southeast Florida are worried about a growing shortage of qualified construction workers.
In the past six months, Edward Ramos, who owns Ramos Builders Inc. in Cape Coral, says he’s worried that he’s facing a shortage of qualified electricians, carpenters, plumbers and drywall installers.Many of the workers who had moved into the area during the housing boom, have since left. Read more.

hurricaneGov. Scott announces sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies: The proposed sales tax holiday will begin June 1 and run through June 14, 2014, and will cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items that are essential to building a disaster supply kit. Read more.

Rep. Trey Radel resigns : The Florida congressman arrested during an undercover drug operation in October is resigning his seat, news outlets reported Monday.Read more.

BONUS: Ros-Lehtinen to deliver State of the Union response in Spanish

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