Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bud Chiles On WFLA.FM Radio Show Talking About the Chiles Endowment Fund

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You can listen to Bud Chiles here, on WFLA. He goes into detail as to why the Chiles family should have the right to speak out against how the money is spent, and other important details.

Go here and look on the right hand side for the Chiles Foundation Fund.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wall Street Journal Reports On Lawton Chiles Foundation Fight

CHICAGO - JULY 17:  The Wall Street Journal ne...Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThe Wall Street Journal reported today on the state of the fight to save more than $600 million dollars for the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund.

The family of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles has assembled a team of lawyers to try to block state officials from dipping into an endowment named for the late politician to help close a projected $2.3 billion budget deficit.

The state House is expected to unveil a preliminary budget of roughly $66 billion Wednesday that would be balanced partly through spending cuts and borrowing from state trust funds. Those funds could include a loan of as much as $600 million from the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund, which was established in 1999 by the state legislature with a portion of the landmark tobacco settlement won in 1997 during Mr. Chiles's governorship. The fund's purpose is to support health care for poor children and seniors, smoking-cessation programs and biomedical research.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Chiles Foundation Races Forward With Help From Apple's iTunes Podcasts

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Help Save $600 Million For the Children of Florida-It Just Takes 60 Seconds

The Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund has a petition set up. All we need from you is about 60 seconds of your time. You can add your voice today and help us reach the masses.

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Please act quickly, using the links below. The legislature is likely to make decisions on the budget within the next week. Legislators and the governor must hear from concerned citizens as soon as possible.

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Join other Floridians in demanding that the legislature protect the Chiles Fund and the citizens it serves, and ask that they instead find more far-sighted options to address the budget crisis.

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Email Your Legislators

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Friday, January 2, 2009

New Press & Media Coverage of Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund

Florida Courier
Our top 9 issues 2009

The Fort Myers News-Press
Lee County delegation: Scissors will be used to tackle the state's $2.3 billion budget shortfall

Jacksonville Business Journal
Florida health care funding at risk from Legislature^1753133

Lakeland Ledger
The Legder's 2009 Agenda for Progress

The Fort Myers News-Press
Crist studies budget chasm

Tallahassee Democrat
Gov. Crist: Chiles fund will be repaid fast

The Villages Daily Sun
Crist offers plan to cut state deficit


Palm Beach Post
Don't raid the Chiles fund

Palm Beach Post
Crist offers half a proposal to escape the budget crisis

Tallahassee Democrat
Our opinion: Borrowing is yesterday's solution for budget blues

Letters to the Editor

Orlando Sentinel
Don't forget family,0,672775.story

Palm Beach Post
Stop-smoking kits sit as tobacco fund shrinks

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Recall why tobacco money is there