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October 10th, 2017
Florida does not compare well to other states in key factors that affect the teaching profession. State policymakers can take action to improve compensation and mobility that would enable it to attract and retain high-performing teachers.
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.
August 10th, 2017
A new report from the Girl Scouts, The State of Girls 2017, ranked the overall health and well-being of Florida’s girls (aged 5-17) 39th of the 50 states. This overall ranking is worse than it was a decade ago. In 2007, Florida ranked 36th. The ranking considered 13 national measures of girls’ well-being, focused on five indicators: education, extra-curricular activities, physical health and safety, emotional health and economic well-being.
August 5th, 2017
This is a critical, high-risk moment for Floridians who rely on government subsidies to afford their health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) help people with low and modest incomes afford out of pocket expenses such as deductibles and co-payments.
August 4th, 2017
Federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have, so far, been unsuccessful. However, it is important to examine the implications of what has been at the core of multiple bills pushed by leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives —namely, the cutting and capping of Medicaid — as similar language is likely to emerge in future iterations of health care bills.
August 2nd, 2017
The economic prosperity engine continues to speed forward, but millions of Americans remain on the sidelines. That is the conclusion of a new scorecard, which analyzes the financial well-being of the nation’s households.
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