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Benchmarking Florida
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...
March 6th, 2017
Florida‘s rate of adult incarceration places it at 39th among the states, putting it above the national average. The number of people confined in prison and the fast growth rate of people sent to prison will exact a significant social and economic cost to the state. Esubalew Dadi March 2017...
March 6th, 2017
With 13.3 percent of Floridians lacking health insurance, Florida ranked near the bottom of the list for its rate of insured residents in 2015 (the most recent year for which data is available). Florida’s uninsured rate significantly exceeds the national average of 9.4 percent.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is...
February 20th, 2017
Florida ranks 36th out of the 50 states in its support for public health. Strategic and strong investment in the state’s public health system is a commonsense approach to improving the health and well-being of Floridians and ensuring continued economic growth and prosperity. Esubalew Dadi February 2017 According to the...
February 16th, 2017
Florida’s support for mental health services falls at the bottom of the list in a ranking of all the states. Additionally, Florida has the third highest percentage of mentally ill persons who are also uninsured. The state must do more to meet the mental health needs of its people. Esubalew...
February 6th, 2017
Florida’s economy grew by 3.6 percent during the third quarter of 2016, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state’s finance and insurance, wholesale and retail trade, and healthcare and social assistance services sectors are among the top producing sectors for the quarter.   Dhanraj Singh February 2017 The...
January 30th, 2017
  During his tenure as Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott has been consistent in his demands for tax cuts to incentivize job creation by Florida business.  There has been controversy recently regarding the use of incentives to encourage out-of-state businesses to relocate and bring additional jobs to the state.  These issues...
January 19th, 2017
January 19, 2017   Quality Counts, an annual report by Education Week and Editorial Partners in Education, compares state public schools on a variety of factors. Florida excels in issues related to equity, falls short across a broad spectrum in student achievement, and fares poorly in school funding. Education Week...
January 5th, 2017
Florida currently ranks 49th in the nation in providing essential public services for its residents, as measured by state per person spending. In 2014, the state spent almost $2,037 less per person than the national average. Dhanraj Singh January 2016 In Fiscal Year 2014-15 (the most recent year for which...
November 28th, 2016
Florida’s economy is the fourth largest in the country at $790 billion in 2015, equivalent to five percent of the U.S. economy. Florida’s unemployment rate and labor force participation rate, however, lag the nation. Dhanraj Singh November 2016 Size of Economy The value of goods and services produced in Florida,...
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