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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 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just unveiled the cost and coverage implications of the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act, the U.S. Senate’s latest version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The projections this time around are alarmingly similar to previous estimates on massive coverage loss and deep Medicaid cuts under federal health care legislation. The CBO indicates that 22 million fewer Americans would be insured by 2026 and that $756 billion would be cut from Medicaid over the next decade. 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...
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Daniel Chang of the Miami Herald writes: “Before Haylee Kalick signed up for Medicaid in 2015, she had been involuntarily committed to hospital psychiatric wards under Florida’s Baker Act close to 20 times, said her father, Bruce Kalick. He was the one who had to call police when his daughter swallowed a bottle of pills and when she cut her wrists with a knife. Read more...
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