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New Report Finds Shortcomings in Florida’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program

State tax policies are undermining high-quality public education by redirecting public dollars for K-12 education toward private schools via tuition tax credits, according to a new report published by the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the School Superintendents Association (AASA). In the case of Florida, the scholarship tax credit program failed to achieve the primary objective of improving student performance. Instead, it left low-income students further behind academically those low-income students who stayed in public schools, according to the report.
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Behind the Numbers: Medicaid Saves Lives

The American Health Care Act is a troubling assault on the most vulnerable Floridians - the more than 4 million Medicaid beneficiaries. The bill radically restructures Medicaid financing. Over the next decade, $19.1 billion in federal funding would be cut from Florida’s Medicaid program, part of $839 billion in cuts across the country.
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Preserving Medicaid: The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Women will be hurt if federal funding for Florida’s Medicaid program is capped. Critical health care services for women will be on the chopping block.
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Budget Negotiation Transparency? Lots of Clouds, Little to No Sunshine

There are deep ideological divides been the Florida House and Senate. Both pledged transparency in the development of their budgets. However, with few public meetings and no additional input on major policy issues, legislative leaders have crafted major budget and policy bills behind closed doors.
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State Legislative Funding for Public Schools Still Lags Levels From 10 Years Ago

With less than one week remaining in the 2017 Legislative Session, many budget and policy decisions are unresolved. Funding for public schools is not one of those decisions. Once again, public schools are not winners in the state funding derby.
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How Will Florida Use Its New Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding? Congressmen Raise Key Questions and Transparency Concerns with Federal Officials

In a recent letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. and Ron Wyden, ranking members of key Congressional committees overseeing the Medicaid program, raise major concerns about CMS’s sudden decision to keep funding Florida’s LIP program.
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House Reduction of the Personal Needs Allowance Symptomatic of a Harsh Budget for Vulnerable Floridians

The House proposes a reduction of nursing home patients’ monthly personal needs allowance-funds that significantly improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable Floridians.
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Major Differences Remain as the Legislature Approaches Negotiations on the State Budget

There is $2 billion separating the House and Senate proposed budgets as they begin negotiating the final state budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18. More than $1 billion is associated with funding for public schools and state universities. Other major differences are reflected in funding for Lake Okeechobee water storage and health care. Terry Golden April 2017 As the Florida Senate and House enter their annual budget negotiations, there are a variety of differences throughout the budget. The differences are both tangible and philosophical. In part, each budget is drafted specifically for the purpose of negotiation and does not reflect the actual position of its chamber. In other cases, budget issues represent a strongly-held position of a chamber and will...
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Florida House Ways & Means Committee Proposes Almost $1 Billion More for Tax Breaks, Despite Unmet State Needs

Florida lawmakers on the House Ways & Means Committee have proposed almost $1 billion in additional tax cuts, despite gaps in critical services and a cumulative budget shortfall of $3.2 billion by the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20.
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As the Process Moves Toward a Final Budget, Legislators Must Put Floridians First

The Florida House and Senate are poised to pass their respective state budgets this week. There are major differences between the two chambers’ budgets, including a $2 billion discrepancy in their bottom lines.
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