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Major criminal cases are daily work  in America’s fourth-biggest prosecutor’s office, but Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says pay is so low, she lost 100 lawyers in the past year. 

She says it’s an “unprecedented staffing crisis” that has left her office unable to pay salaries sufficient to attract and retain prosecutors and staff.

She’s pleading with the Florida Legislature to increase funding so criminal cases and victims’ services can can go forward as pandemic backlogs strain resources.

We also talk to her about bills to tighten penalties for mismanaged condo and homeowner associations in the wake of Surfside condo collapse and other scandals. 

Next, we introduce new Key Biscayne Independent Executive Editor John Pacenti and ask him about his new role. 

We talk about a brewing controversy over a new workforce housing bill that could mean massive development on Key Biscayne 

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And finally — we talk about how likely presidential candidate Ron DeSantis decided to come up with his controversial position on aid Ukraine. 

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