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Education plays a crucial role in Florida’s economy. Schools provide structured instruction that is intended to prepare students equally to enter college or the workforce. Colleges and universities provide specialized and basic studies, as well as fostering research that creates new business ventures. Education is the pivot point in the development and execution of Florida’s evolving knowledge economy.

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Governor Rick Scott’s proposed business tax cuts of $618 million will have negligible impact on the state economy and job creation. Instead, instituting these cuts would make it harder for the state to invest in education, health care, roads and ports, safe communities and other crucial services that make Florida a desirable state for business. Dhanraj Singh February 2017 Governor Rick Scott’s proposed business tax cuts of $618 million will have negligible impact on the state economy and job creation. Instead, instituting these cuts would make it harder for the state to invest in education, health care, roads and ports, safe communities and other crucial services that make Florida a desirable state for business. Read more...
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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 included and built upon in the legislative budget process. These include the following: Maintaining Our Health Support for health and human services initiatives include an additional: $84.6 million for Florida KidCare medical insurance coverage, bringing the KidCare total to $480 million. Read more...
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Benchmarking Florida
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 across a broad spectrum in student achievement, and fares poorly in school funding. Read more...
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