February 3rd, 2018
The Florida House and Senate have released their proposed budgets for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19, which total $87.2 billion and $87.3 billion, respectively. As in previous years, there is a lot to unpack.
January 21st, 2018
A new Florida Policy Institute (FPI) report projects net state budget savings of a half billion dollars if Florida expands its Medicaid program. Under the Affordable Care Act, the state can tap into billions of new federal Medicaid dollars if it opts to cover more than 500,000 low-income uninsured Floridians.
December 28th, 2017
While the federal government has authorized total funding of $1.5 billion for Florida’s uncompensated care pool, the state is unable to generate the required match to draw down all available federal funds.
December 14th, 2017
With an additional $2.4 billion in spending, the governor proposes increased funding nearly across the board in his recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19. However, 20 percent of it is dependent on local property taxes to bolster public school funding.
December 5th, 2017
Florida should establish a bipartisan, intergovernmental criminal justice task force during the 2018 legislative session to examine the major drivers of prison population growth and costs, and develop evidence-based, data-driven policies to enhance public safety. The task force recommendations would serve as the basis for major criminal justice reform legislation.
November 7th, 2017
Recent proposals to impose work and premium requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries pose a significant threat to health coverage for the most vulnerable Floridians. They would also add new costs and uncompensated care burdens for state and local governments, safety net providers and privately insured residents.
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.
July 11th, 2017
The goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is to move families from dependence on government assistance to economic self-sufficiency by providing participants with temporary cash assistance for basic needs, subsidized child care and employment/employability supports. Since TANF is administered as a federal block grant program, Florida has flexibility in the allocation of funds to permissible purposes. However, this flexibility has led to the growing diversion of funds to programs and services that are outside of TANF’s core welfare reform activities, resulting in fewer resources being allocated for services that would help families become economically self-sufficient.
June 28th, 2017
The $82.1 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 represents a 1 percent increase in a year that funding could have been appropriated to better meet the needs of Floridians. After adjusting for inflation and population growth, the new budget reflects a decrease of 3 percent in support for needed services. Economic growth and prosperity requires a more substantial strategic investment in opportunities for working families.
June 26th, 2017
Governor Scott vetoed $11.5 billion in public school funding — which was restored after lawmakers agreed to an increase in per-pupil funding in special session — as well as $409 million in other appropriations throughout the budget. Even though the governor worked with the Legislature to increase public school funding by $100 per student, the additional $215 million still leaves public schools below the per-student funding level appropriated a decade ago.
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