Pensacola, Florida
Thursday December 14th 2017

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Winners & Losers

Winners
Zach Sahin
The Pensacola High sophomore is the newly elected state president for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Sahin’s accomplishment is the culmination of several years of PHS FBLA chapter growth, from five active members to over 100. FBLA is the largest student organization in the United States, and this year marks FBLA’s 75th anniversary.

Members First Credit Union
The University of West Florida recently received a $100,000 gift from Members First Credit Union of Florida to name the hitting facility used by the baseball and softball teams. The facility is slated to be named “Members First Credit Union Hitting Facility,” pending UWF Board of Trustees approval. The hitting facility is the University’s new multi-purpose, 9,100-square foot indoor training center for baseball and softball, which was opened at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $217,000 in RESTORE grant funding for the Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project. Funding will support the first phase of the environmental restoration project of three sites: one adjacent to White Island in northwestern Pensacola Bay, and the other two on the eastern and southern shores of Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Losers
Florida’s Gambling Industry
The Florida Senate and House could not agree on gambling legislation again this session. The impasse has opened the door to a massive expansion of gambling because of recent court decisions. It has also put into jeopardy a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could have reaped the state $3 billion over seven years. Plus, the Florida Supreme Court is poised to decide whether pari-mutuel facilities can add slots in Gadsden County, Brevard, Duval, Hamilton, Lee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Washington counties where voters have approved the machines, without the express permission of the Legislature. The tribe maintains that expanded gambling infringes of its agreement with the state that gave it exclusivity rights.

U.S. House Republicans
When the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, many Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan, complained that many had not been given the time to read the bill. After all, health care represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Last week, the House Republicans repeated the same political maneuver by passing GOP health legislation without ever reading the bill. The Congressional Budget Office has yet to score its impact on the budget and the health care industry. Once again, politics trumped principles.