Benchmarking Florida
February 16th, 2018
The Sunshine State’s rate of uninsured residents improved 0.8 percentage points between 2015 and 2016. The only states with worse uninsured rates than Florida are Georgia (12.9 percent), Oklahoma (13.8 percent), Alaska (14.0 percent) and Texas (16.6 percent).
February 9th, 2018
Florida spends less on public services than any other state, as measured by recent Kaiser Family Foundation data on total state expenditures per capita. The Sunshine State spends $3,509 per capita, which is 13 percent less than Missouri, the second-lowest ranked state in this category.
February 5th, 2018
The poverty rate in Florida would be much higher without federal and state safety net programs; in fact, poverty-reduction services lift an estimated 2.9 million residents above the FPL each year.
January 4th, 2018
Despite a decline in the state’s child poverty rate in recent years, current federal proposals could affect Florida’s progress in reducing the number of children living below the FPL. These include proposed cuts to food assistance and capping or cutting Medicaid.
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.
October 10th, 2017
Florida does not compare well to other states in key factors that affect the teaching profession.
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 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.
July 31st, 2017
A new report from the AARP foundation and partners, Picking Up the Pace of Change, 2017: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers, ranks the overall performance of Florida’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) as 46th in the nation. Washington leads the nation with the highest overall performance of its LTSS system, while Indiana ranks 50th.
March 17th, 2017
Florida ranks 11th in the nation for its “state of well-being,” according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The state’s well-being index score of 63.1 is higher than the national average of 62.1. All aspects of the state’s well-being improved over 2015 figures.   Dhanraj Singh March 2016 The State of American...
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