April 27th, 2017
Florida legislative budget proposals increase funding for transportation services marginally, but reduce funding for some core transportation categories. The current level of funding for transportation services is insufficient to meet growing state needs. Funding limitations impede state economic competitiveness and growth by making it harder for businesses, workers and consumers...
April 27th, 2017
The Florida House passed House Bill (HB) 7117, which would require able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients to work or look for work. Such requirements would put thousands of Florida families at risk of losing Medicaid coverage. Anne Swerlick April 2017 Most adult, non-disabled Medicaid beneficiaries work or live in working families.[1] ...
April 24th, 2017
Click here to access a comparison chart, by services area, of the Executive, House and Senate budget proposals....
April 21st, 2017
At a critical time in the Florida budget deliberations, Governor Scott and the Trump Administration jointly announced that Florida will receive additional federal dollars to continue LIP. This pool provides supplemental funding for charity health care providers, mainly hospitals. It was scheduled to end on June 30, 2017.
April 20th, 2017
House Leadership may try again after the April recess to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) or use other legislative vehicles to enact its damaging health policy changes. On March 24, the AHCA was pulled from the House floor because it lacked enough votes to pass.
April 14th, 2017
The Florida Senate budget proposal — while better than the House’s budget — fails to provide sufficient support for Florida’s growing population. Proposed investments in higher education and the environment are high points of this proposal.
April 14th, 2017
The Florida House of Representatives began constructing the budget for 2017-18 under the presumption that the need for state services would exceed available funding in the following fiscal year. Accordingly, the House took a two-pronged approach to reducing its budget. First, it tightened the belts of state agencies. Since these agencies have not completely recovered from budget cuts during the recent recession, these cuts are a move in the wrong direction. Second, House leadership imposed fiscal discipline on representatives’ individual budget requests.
April 14th, 2017
Although the governor and Legislature claim that their respective state budget proposals increase funding, after adjusting for inflation and population growth, Florida would see a decrease in funding from the current Fiscal Year 2016-17.
April 4th, 2017
While lawmakers are busy working on Florida’s state budget, the Office of Economic and Demographic Research released the 2017 Florida Tax Handbook, which reports on state spending on all Florida's tax breaks for the Fiscal Year 2016-17.
March 29th, 2017
Florida’s economy generates sufficient revenues to fund public services to meet state needs. However, a large portion of potential state revenues never enter state coffers because of loopholes in the state’s tax laws, resulting in future budget shortfalls. Instead of cutting the state budget in the name of fiscal conservatism, the state Legislature should adopt policies to close these loopholes and invest state revenues in needed services that benefit all Floridians and the economy.
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