Brilliant stewardship or looming disaster? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

A new report from the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy said key indicators — including per capita income and population growth — “point to a state in trouble.”

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Florida is a state in deep trouble, FCFEP Executive Director John Hall writes in the St. Petersburg Times.  We can regain sound footing, but only if we draw the right conclusions and make wise choices.

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We're No. 10? What 'education quality' study really said PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Recent news reports and comments by state legislators maintain that, as the St. Petersburg Times put it, "Florida ranks No. 10 among states in education quality, according to the latest annual report card from the highly regarded Education Week newspaper."

A State Board of Education member echoed the point last week when he "pointed out Florida's ranking as 10th in the country for quality of education by Education Week."

So after recording dismal rankings among the states for years in comparisons of education success, how is Florida suddenly 10th best in the nation?

Unfortunately, it's not.

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Budget Blues PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Federal stimulus dollars saved the state budget this go round, but the cash runs out soon. Advocacy groups say stimulus dollars are allowing the legislature to postpone the problem. John Hall with the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy said tax reform can’t wait.

“Florida can broaden the base of its taxation. Lower the rate and produce a revenue structure that fairer, able to withstand economic downturns and better meet the needs of this great state,” said Hall.

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The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy
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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.