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 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.
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.
March 15th, 2017
House Memorial (HM) 7033, which urges Congress to establish Medicaid block grants, includes multiple misstatements about the Medicaid program. Floridians deserve a thoughtful, fact-based Medicaid policy discussion before the Legislature acts to fundamentally change a program that provides a lifeline for 4 million Floridians. Anne Swerlick March 2017 The Florida...
March 1st, 2017
By eliminating categorical eligibility, House Bill (HB) 581 would cut food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than 200,000 struggling children and families. Florida’s economic recovery has been uneven: more than 3 million Floridians are living in poverty, a figure that does not include those families...
February 13th, 2017
In order to ensure that Florida’s youth become productive members of local communities, state policymakers must move away from an approach to juvenile justice that relies heavily on incarceration, and instead embrace a system that prioritizes community-based treatment and care. This would allow the state to close youth corrections facilities...
February 4th, 2017
Governor Rick Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” budget proposal, despite the inclusion of additional tax reductions and subsidies geared to profitable businesses, does contain several positive recommendations. February 2017 There are some encouraging aspects of Governor Scott’s 2017-18 budget proposal, involving enhanced support of critical public services, which should be...
January 31st, 2017
The Governor has billed his 2017-18 budget recommendation as the “Fighting for Florida’s Future Budget”.  However, with its emphasis on more tax reductions and subsidies to profitable businesses, the proposal misses opportunities to make greater strategic investments in areas that will drive widespread economic growth. It also further reduces ongoing...
January 27th, 2017
Support for public services has declined consistently since 2008, despite state revenues having increased since the end of the recession. This puts a drag on the state’s economy, limiting both its growth and its ability to create good paying jobs and increase household incomes. Lawmakers should restore investment in public...
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