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April 27th, 2017
New report analyzes state and local taxes paid by 240 profitable companies in the U.S. The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) today joined the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) in announcing the findings of its latest report, which shows that eight Fortune 500 companies based in Florida are paying...
April 24th, 2017
The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) today urged the U.S House of Representative’s Florida delegation to reject an “amended and compromised version” of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal and replace” legislation. The modified AHCA is reportedly even more harmful than the original version.
April 20th, 2017
The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) today pointed to findings in a new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report showing that Florida schools’ Medicaid spending totals $124.7 million, more than $63 million of which is federal dollars. This funding pays for medical services for Medicaid-eligible students with disabilities, such as mental health and speech therapy, and covers vision and dental screenings provided in schools to Medicaid-eligible children.
April 12th, 2017
The March 2017 edition of the Florida Housing Coalition’s Housing News Network Journal featured an article authored by FPI’s Policy Director Terry Golden. In “Insufficient Affordable Housing Limits Florida’s Economic Potential,” Golden writes: “Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow their companies acknowledge that the availability of affordable housing substantially...
April 11th, 2017
The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) today pointed to a new Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report showing that the U.S. House Leadership’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would result in a projected $13 billion in cuts to Medicaid in Florida from 2019 to 2028. Elimination of federal health insurance subsidies would cost Floridians $68 billion during the same period. The CBPP also outlined state-level drug overdose death rates and pointed to the adverse impacts that cutting or capping Medicaid would have on individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs).
March 29th, 2017
An Orlando Sentinel article on the first public hearing of Florida’s Constitution Review Commission mentions the testimony provided by FPI’s Executive Director Joe Pennisi. Steven Lemongello writes: “A spirited, standing-room-only crowd came out to the University of Central Florida on Wednesday night for the first public hearing of the Florida...
March 27th, 2017
On Thursday, March 23, WFSU’s Sara Mueller interviewed Anne Swerlick, health policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute, along with several health care advocates, on Florida lawmakers’ push to make radical changes to the Medicaid program. Mueller noted that, “Swerlick said she’s concerned that the state wants to eliminate retroactive...
March 27th, 2017
A recent article that appeared in the Orlando Weekly –“Untreated mental illness is rampant in Florida jails, while mental health funding is almost the lowest in the nation”– delved into mental illness as it affects Orange County residents, particularly populations of homeless or incarcerated individuals. The author, Larry Griffin, also ...
March 21st, 2017
On March 16, 2017, the Times-Union Editorial Board ran a piece on the Sunshine State’s dismal ranking on mental health investment. From “Friday Editorial: Florida lawmakers must change their shameful attitude toward funding mental health care”: “Florida is the worst state in the Union to be mentally ill. Neglect of...
March 20th, 2017
The Florida Policy Institute (FPI) was featured in an Orlando Sentinel article, authored by Naseem Miller, which centered on FPI’s goal of urging long-term public investment to bring widespread prosperity to Florida. In “Florida Policy Institute eyes ‘long-term’ impact on state’s residents,” Miller writes: “The independent, nonpartisan nonprofit aims to...
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