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Brooklyn, NY (www.Caribzone.com): If the recently submitted New York State Congressional Redistricting Plan remains unchanged and made into a law by a three-judge judicial panel, New York's African- American community could see a reduction in the number of Congressional Legislators representing the state's Black Community.
Dear Friends: Week 9 saw the conclusion of the  2012 Legislative Session. On Friday, March 9, the Florida House of Representatives adjourned after passing the state’s $70 billion proposed budget comprised of $24.8 billion in General Revenue, $24.9 billion in federal funds and $20.4 billion in trust funds, for fiscal year (FY) 2012-2013. This budget among other things, slashes university budget reserves by $300 million; cuts Bright Futures Scholarships by $350 million; reduces hospital payments by hundreds of millions of dollars, and cuts Clerks of Court funding, with potential loss of jobs. I voted against the budget as once again it fails  Florida’s families and small businesses and doesn’t prioritize job creation.
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness will present a “Key to the County” when the Consul General of Brazil makes an official visit to Broward County tomorrow. Ambassador Helio Vitor Ramos Filho will attend a reception at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 12:30 p.m. and then continue with a Sun Trolley tour of Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and will end with a reception cruise along the New River aboard the Riverfront Anticipation.
Chairman Joe A. Martinez was a guest speaker at the Ponce de Leon Business Association’s March 19th meeting, held at John Martin's in Coral Gables. The Chairman spoke to the members about Miami-Dade County issues and answered their various questions. “As a representative of the County, I try to attend as many community events as possible to have the opportunity to answer questions from residents and inform them of the various programs Miami-Dade County has to assists local businesses,” said Chairman Martinez.
Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman paid a rare visit to the White House earlier this month. She was one of 15 County Commissioners from throughout the United States invited to the White House to discuss strategies designed to foster economic development. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a lengthy discussion that focused on creating jobs, fostering economic growth at the local level and a look at what’s working and what’s not,” said Lieberman.
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