Save for college now with Florida prepaid plans

Save for college now with Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid College Plans

As the state’s chief financial officer, I have a number of responsibilities, including accounting and health overseeing investments for the third largest state. But as a father, husband, and small business owner, I have a personal passion for helping all families in our great state find financial stability and opportunity.

Compared to other large states such as California and New York, our state offers a number of unique financial benefits ranging from the absence of income tax to the lower cost of living. The ability to save on affordable fees for college through Florida prepaid college plans is a particularly important benefit for families here. Florida Prepaid is the largest and longest running prepaid program in the country, at a time when even a few states are offering such programs, and ours continues to thrive and remain a national model. My wife and I have invested in plans for our two children.

At the end of this month, April 28th, children are taught to save day. This is a great opportunity for parents to send a strong message to their children about the importance of saving and including them on the journey. This is certainly true when it comes to college savings. Studies show that children who save even a small fraction of their post-secondary expenses are 2.5 times more likely to attend college and graduate.

If I can give Floridians a “homework”, go to and explore the various savings options before the open enrollment expires on April 30. Prepaid plan. There is so much peace of mind in knowing that this important expense of college is being taken care of.

Jimmy’s guardian Thalahassi

The author is the Chief Financial Officer of Florida.

What they were chosen for

Restrictions under the guise of freedom | Editorial, April 6

For similar reasons, I mute my criticism of our president and governor (as a presidential candidate) – I look at who is in the on-deck circles of the respective teams. I also apply Newton’s law of motion to politics (there is an equal and opposite reaction to every action). As we read in your newspaper, many of the rules and procedures that your editorials often unilaterally condemn are characteristic of empty rhetoric. We can dismiss many of these as posters, ask both teams if this is the case, and ask ourselves whether we’re paying too much attention to statement politics.

Most of the things we pay attention to go unnoticed. The presumption that only the government can solve the problems proves wrong. In social action, in particular, some equal and opposite reactions are inevitable and healthy in examining excess. Deceptively, we have shifted from majority tolerance to minority intolerance of majority values. Who believes that third parties are free to talk about their sexuality with minors or that this bad behavior is normal? It is wrong to show sex in the age of innocence. If you take the anti-government and corporate statement politics to recognize that, something is wrong. That is not freedom. Is irresponsible.

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Pat Byrne, Long

Shocks on an e-scooter

Scooters bring joy and disaster | April 3

Adding e-scooters to Tampa Bay is a very useful tool to keep a few cars off the road, but there should always be a grip on every new idea. I’m betting on you, it’s the same bad apples that cause the most problems, and my belief is that many of them are never called who they are, a bunch of selfish idiots. It’s a miracle that more people do not get hit by cars after running into traffic. I hope they don’t ruin it altogether.

James Jones, Tampa

Find a common ground in immigration

Is racism helping Ukraine? | Column, April 4

We have a long history of accepting immigrants subject to government requirements and opening borders to Vietnamese, Afghans and now Ukrainians in emergencies. But the essence of immigration law is based on government policy and conventions. The southern border is a painful place where Central American and Mexican problems remain unresolved. Yet immigration underscores our economy at a high level (highly educated migrants) and a low level (seasonal workers). Many years and predictions of the great leap of immigrants seeking only financial security and opportunity are disturbing and divisive. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have done a satisfactory job of passing laws that are publicly supported. That is what is needed: clear, fair and publicly supported laws ending the deadly division on this issue.

James R. Gillespie, St. Petersburg

Colleges are very selective

Class 2022

Members of the 2022 high school class have recently begun receiving their college acceptance notices. Coming out of a life-changing epidemic, this group of adults is probably at its worst. The local high school is hosting the first prom since 2019, so these seniors will be able to experience the best parts of high school after many have fallen short of college acceptance this year. To stay selective and feel proud, many colleges have very low admission rates. When students with GPAs above 4.0 are rejected from state schools, this offers unattainable and unrealistic benefits to all students across the country. The new focus in public schools is on mental health. While that is good, I hope to see colleges re-examine the pressure they are putting on students and change the incredibly competitive atmosphere of admissions.

Kelian Pope, Madeira Beach

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