The facts on pensions don’t support rhetoric PDF  | Print |  E-mail

In 2009, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued a report showing that the wealthiest 1 percent of Floridians paid an average 2.1 percent of personal income in taxes while the bottom 20 percent of workers (many public employees) paid 13.5 percent. The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy estimates that tax breaks for that top 1 percent have cost the state a whopping $12 billion over the past decade.

Read the story in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Viewpoint: Cuts will cost community PDF  | Print |  E-mail

The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy stated that "service cuts are unlikely to yield significant savings ... as there is little to cut without reaching the bare federal minimum or causing significant harm to the Floridians who must rely on Medicaid. ... Such cuts will cost the state much more than they save."

Read more in The Pensacola News Journal.

Unemployment Legislation Schedule for House Vote PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Karen Woodall, Director of the Florida Center for Economic and Fiscal Policy, says the savings are minuscule compared to the effect on jobseekers.

“The attitude up here is just really distressing because we should all be working on creating those jobs, getting people back to work and supporting them while they are caught in the middle,” said Woodall.

Read the story in The Capitol News Service.

Business Bills To Watch PDF  | Print |  E-mail



Opponents: Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy

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Florida jobless benefits face cuts PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Karen Woodall, a worker advocate and co-founder of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, called the bill "just atrocious.""This bill is essentially asking unemployed workers to be responsible for making the trust fund solvent again," Woodall said. "If you want to help small business, that's fine. Don't do it at the expense of unemployed workers."

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The mission of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy is to conduct independent research, develop new ideas, and advise policymakers on state fiscal and economic policy.  The Center pays particular attention to policy impacts on low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, workers, and small businesses.  The Center works to heighten public awareness of the need to adequately fund programs that improve opportunities, choices, quality of life outcomes, and the economic well-being of all Floridians.