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December 5th, 2017
Florida should establish a bipartisan, intergovernmental criminal justice task force during the 2018 legislative session to examine the major drivers of prison population growth and costs, and develop evidence-based, data-driven policies to enhance public safety. The task force recommendations would serve as the basis for major criminal justice reform legislation.
November 15th, 2017
Governor Rick Scott’s “Securing Florida’s Future” Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 totals $87.4 billion, the largest proposed budget of the governor’s tenure. At first glance the proposal reflects some positive investments in Sunshine State and its families, including increased funding for environmental protection, human services and public safety.
November 13th, 2017
Florida earned a relatively high score for its density of technology companies, ranking 11th, but scored poorly in productivity and STEM concentration, ranking in the bottom-fifth of states along both measures.
November 7th, 2017
Recent proposals to impose work and premium requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries pose a significant threat to health coverage for the most vulnerable Floridians. They would also add new costs and uncompensated care burdens for state and local governments, safety net providers and privately insured residents.
October 10th, 2017
Florida does not compare well to other states in key factors that affect the teaching profession.
September 26th, 2017
Revenue and spending projections for the next three years suggest that the state may have insufficient funds to pay recurring costs after Fiscal Year 2018-19. While legislative leaders may use projected shortfalls to reduce spending, other alternatives should receive equal consideration to ensure the adequate provision of needed services and maintaining a balanced budget.
September 26th, 2017
Florida ranks 12th in the nation and receives an overall grade of “C.” In 2016, the state finances slid further into the red with total assets available for paying debts of $61.4 billion, compared to total debts of $71.3 billion, leaving the state with excess debts of almost $10 billion.
August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline including people with disabilities and the elderly.
August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline, including women.
August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline, including children.
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