Food Stamp Increases Begin Today PDF  | Print |  E-mail

More than 1.8 million Floridians will receive an increase in food stamps starting today as part of the federal economic stimulus….

“This federal money will help Floridians put food on their tables and also boost our economy during this deep recession,” said John C. Hall, executive director of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a nonprofit organization providing research on state economic policies affecting low- and moderate-income Floridians and small businesses. The group estimates $380 million in economic activity will be generated in the state from the food stamp increase during the next six months.

Nationally, more than 75 percent of all food stamp recipients are in families with children and almost one-third are seniors or people with disabilities, Hall said.

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Setting the Record Straight About Stimulus Funding for Unemployment Insurance in Florida PDF  | Print |  E-mail

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides the states with billions of dollars of federal money to boost their unemployment programs. Even given the tremendous surge in joblessness in Florida and across the nation, these proposals have been among the most controversial aspects of the stimulus legislation. As Florida deliberates on proposals to draw down the state’s share of stimulus dollars (Senate Bill 516 and House Bill 1333), this report sets
the record straight about many of the misconceptions circulating about the new funding.

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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.