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Federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have, so far, been unsuccessful. However, it is important to examine the implications of what has been at the core of multiple bills pushed by leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives —namely, the cutting and capping of Medicaid — as similar language is likely to emerge in future iterations of health care bills. Read more...
The federal tax plan broadly outlined by the current administration would do very little to create opportunities for Floridians struggling to make ends meet. Instead, the tax plan would provide massive tax cuts for Florida’s highest income earners, accordingly to a recent report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). Broadly outlined, the plan is likely to make an already unfair tax system that favors the wealthy even worse. Specific changes in the tax proposal are also likely to undermine state support for core services, which provide a pathway to self-sufficiency and economic independence for millions of moderate- and low-income Floridians. Read more...
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The 2017 session ended with overtime meetings, requiring members to take three more days to hash out their major spending differences before sending the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 budget to Governor Rick Scott’s desk, and a subsequent special session to address remaining issues. However, taking an important step in reforming the state’s criminal justice system — establishing the criminal justice task force — was not one of the results of the extra days. Read more...
Policy Brief
This is a critical, high-risk moment for Floridians who rely on government subsidies to afford their health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) help people with low and modest incomes afford out of pocket expenses such as deductibles and co-payments. Read more...