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January 4th, 2018
Billions in Medicaid dollars flow into Florida counties each year to fund vital services for vulnerable residents: low-income children, women, seniors and persons with disabilities. The funding is crucial for local communities to improve public health and prevent more costly, serious illnesses and premature deaths.
December 22nd, 2017
Florida spent 25 percent less in combined state and local funding per student in 2015 than it did in 2008, making it the state with the lowest gains in catching up with pre-recession funding.
December 22nd, 2017
Florida’s $900-billion state GDP would see a long-term annual increase of $1.2 billion under the Dream Act, according to a report published yesterday by the Florida Policy Institute with data compiled by the N.Y.-based Fiscal Policy Institute. The state would also see an increase in state and local revenues with passage of the act. The study, Dream Act: What’s at Stake for Florida? draws on analyses from the Center for American Progress and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
December 20th, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved a $1.5 trillion tax bill that would provide massive benefits to wealthy residents and corporations. Although leaders are touting the proposal as a win for working families, a new analysis from the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that by 2027, three out of 10 middle-income Floridians would see a tax hike under the legislation.
December 12th, 2017
A committee of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission approved a proposal Tuesday to require House and Senate supermajorities before increasing state taxes or fees.
December 11th, 2017
As Congress irons out details on a final tax bill, the D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a side-by-side comparison of legislation passed by the U.S. House and Senate. The ITEP data show the disproportionate benefit that wealthy Floridians would receive under both bills.
December 5th, 2017
Florida legislators should establish a broad-based criminal justice reform task force as a first step toward instituting major reforms in the criminal justice system, according to the Florida Policy Institute (FPI)
December 1st, 2017
The opioid epidemic has grabbed the spotlight of late, with state and national leaders promising action.
November 30th, 2017
Florida spent 22 percent less in total state school funding per student in 2015 than it did in 2008, when adjusted for inflation, joining 28 other states in failing to meet pre-recession funding levels. These findings are included in A Punishing Decade for School Funding, a new report from the nonpartisan, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) notes that this problem is compounded by the state’s failure to increase teachers’ base salaries and lack of investment in maintenance and repairs for school districts.
November 21st, 2017
Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida writes: “For years, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has touted an ever-growing pile of tax cuts he has achieved for the state. In 2013, he claimed he cut taxes 24 times. In 2014, that number grew to 40. Now, as Scott rounds out his last full...
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