Jeff Atwater on ‘The Greed Report’ …….

Jeff Atwater on ‘The Greed Report’ …….

Dear Fellow Floridians: People commit acts of fraud for many reasons, but we’ve come to learn that any and all of these reasons boil down to one thing: greed. Greed drives men and women to lie, to cheat, and to steal from other honest and hard-working Floridians. A few months ago we helped bring fraud […]

By October 25, 2015 Read More →

Guest Editorial – by Pamela S. Goodman, President, League of Women Voters in Florida ……

OPINION:   TIME TO FOCUS ON TEACHING, NOT TESTING By Pamela S. Goodman, President, League of Women Voters of Florida Florida’s accountability system is broken.  Due to its hasty construction, a third of the questions for 3rd grade reading are not directly aligned to the standards they are supposed to measure.  A lapse in the […]

By October 19, 2015 Read More →
Open letter from Prince Eon Menckeberg

Open letter from Prince Eon Menckeberg

Oct 13 at 11:51 AM   For all my Chipley friends who have been texting and calling me and are wondering what happened to Me following the false and libelous allegations of wrong doing .. I Am bruised but I Am doing Great… It will be a year on October 30th , so I decided […]

By October 16, 2015 Read More →

Jeff Atwater: Regarding the U.S. Senate’s Failure to Vote on the Iran Deal …..

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s failure to vote on the Iran deal.   CFO Atwater said, “This week, I have watched the actions of the United States Senate in bitter disappointment. In what has become its characteristic clamor to do something–anything–the Senate postured […]

By September 17, 2015 Read More →
CFO Jeff Atwater: Americans Deserve Discourse, Debate, and Decisions ……

CFO Jeff Atwater: Americans Deserve Discourse, Debate, and Decisions ……

I’m sure by now you’ve seen stories on the news or read in your local newspaper about the impending Iran nuclear deal and the Senate’s filibusters to stop a vote on the deal. What you may not know about this deal is that our state’s finances are directly implicated in it, and because I created […]

By September 17, 2015 Read More →
Jeff Atwater: On teaching children how to save ………

Jeff Atwater: On teaching children how to save ………

In my role as Chief Financial Officer, I am offered an inside look at how financial education can benefit a family–and how a lack of financial understanding can work to a family’s detriment as well. The need for greater financial literacy has never been more clear than it is now, and never more necessary than […]

By September 5, 2015 Read More →
Op-Ed: Bringing New Trade Agreements to Life

Op-Ed: Bringing New Trade Agreements to Life

  Increasing U.S. exports is a top priority for President Obama and our entire Administration. With our support, America’s private sector made 2014 a fifth consecutive record year for exports, selling $2.34 trillion of goods and services to overseas markets. Exports also supported 11.7 million private sector jobs in 2014, an all-time high.     […]

By July 8, 2015 Read More →

Letter to Editor form Jennifer Griffin …..

Dear Editor:   On the afternoon of Thursday, June 18, 2015 the Department of Justice released a statement regarding errors in Covenant Hospice billing methods during 2009 and 2010. The language used in the press release from the Department of Justice was very harsh, rigid, and not 100% accurate. While it is true that errors […]

By June 19, 2015 Read More →

Personal Comment by Kathy Foster

SHARE SOMETHING GOOD – IT’S WONDERFUL !! Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America – If you remember, she’s the wife of Todd Beamer who said ‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11. She said it’s the little things that she misses most about […]

By June 8, 2015 Read More →
EDITORIAL COMMENT: Is Volunteerism on the decline locally?

EDITORIAL COMMENT: Is Volunteerism on the decline locally?

I’m not sure it holds true everywhere, but it sure seems that volunteerism is on the decline locally.   by Kathy Foster   Whether it is volunteers working with agencies, schools or emergency services, there just doesn’t seem to be enough volunteers to meet the needs.   Why?  I’m not sure, so I started checking […]

By April 13, 2015 Read More →
A Message from Jeff Atwater, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer

A Message from Jeff Atwater, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer

April is Financial Literacy month and as your Chief Financial Officer, I feel it is important for Floridians of all ages to have access to financial education information. That is why I created Your Money Matters, an interactive website that has useful tips to help you and your family build financial success. The site has […]

By April 4, 2015 Read More →
Message from Jeff Atwater …..

Message from Jeff Atwater …..

Florida’s accounting and financial management system that balances the state’s checkbook, pays all the bills, and processes payroll for the state’s employees debuted in 1981. This is also the year MTV debuted, the year the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the number one selling car, and a year before the World Wide Web was opened to the […]

By March 14, 2015 Read More →

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Home of Your Own By Steve Brown …….

Submitted for print by  2015 President of the Chipola Area Board of Realtors  Lauren Lyons.   This was provided by the National Association of Realtor’s President Steve Brown.   Published in a special USA Today insert, “2014 Investing in Real Estate and Mortgages”   A home is where we make memories, build our futures and feel comfortable and […]

By March 13, 2015 Read More →

Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State Address ……..

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Good morning President Gardiner, Speaker Crisafulli and distinguished members of the Florida Legislature. Welcome Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Chief Justice Labarga and members of the Florida Supreme Court. And I would like to recognize my wonderful wife Ann. […]

By March 3, 2015 Read More →
A Message: From Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater …..

A Message: From Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater …..

Dear Fellow Floridians:     Recently, a cyber-security breach happened that affected the national health insurance company Anthem, Inc., whose largest Florida subsidiary is Amerigroup. In response to this incident, our department has taken proactive steps to provide consumer information related to potential scams that may arise as a result of this data breach. Our […]

By February 12, 2015 Read More →

THE KEY OF SUCCESS: MAKE A CHOICE, CHANGE THE COURSE ……..

Submitted by Karen Schoen   Education is the single common-denominator for a healthy individual, family and country. There is no doubt that the higher quality (not quantity) the education is, the more innovative, creative, productive, and successful the Population is, and the better the country is. Is this a problem?   In this article, we examine the effect […]

By February 4, 2015 Read More →