Sunshine is a Poor Substitute for Opportunity: Cost of Living in Florida Puts Fiscal Burden on Struggling ALICE Families
Terry Golden February 2017 Last week, United Way of Florida released its 2017 United Way ALICE Report. The report focuses on families that are ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households are working individuals or families that exceed the poverty level, but have difficulty paying basic costs of living. While 14.5 percent of Floridian families live below the poverty level, an additional 29.5 percent earn less than the minimum required for basic living expenses. Accordingly, 44 percent of Florida households are struggling economically. That’s 3.3 million families. Read more...
Florida ranks 36th out of the 50 states in its support for public health. Strategic and strong investment in the state’s public health system is a commonsense approach to improving the health and well-being of Floridians and ensuring continued economic growth and prosperity. Esubalew Dadi February 2017 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a good public health system: Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease Protects against environmental hazards Prevents injuries Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery Assures the quality and accessibility of health services The CDC also reports that up to 40 percent of deaths in the U.S. Read more...See all Resources >
The rate of uninsured children across the US saw the largest decline on record from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF).1 In Florida, the number of uninsured children decreased by 161,000 children (almost 38 percent). Read more...
Institute Executive Director Joseph F. Pennisi writes in an op-ed to the Orlando Sentinel that: To our current state leaders, the path to widespread prosperity is further tax cuts at the expense of strategic public investment. It is important to have an open, frank debate in this state about whether that really is best. Read more...