Tax Breaks Continue - Florida’s Revenue Hole Gets Deeper | Print |  E-mail
March 2010

Tax break bills under consideration in the legislative session total more than $706 million for the next fiscal year.  The new total reflects the fiscal impact of bills by the legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

>Read the report on new tax cuts.

>Read the previous report on tax breaks considered in the session. 

The tax-cut bills raise the question of whether Florida lawmakers are pursuing a course that will hurt the state’s ability to meet public needs and in the process damage—rather than improve—its economic prospects.  A balanced approach that includes additional revenues would be a better investment in Florida’s future.

 
Tax Breaks Would Dig Florida Revenue Hole Deeper, Cause More Cuts in Services | Print |  E-mail
March 2010

At the same time that Florida faces a potential $3.2 billion shortfall, the legislature is considering tax breaks that could further depress revenues by more than $500 million, require deeper cuts to programs helping Floridians struggling during the recession, and do little if anything to create jobs.

The tax-cut bills raise the question of whether Florida lawmakers are pursuing a course that will hurt the state’s ability to meet public needs and in the process damage—rather than improve—its economic prospects.

There is still time to change direction away from greater revenue loss and more spending cuts in the face of increased public needs.  A balanced approach that includes revenues would be a better investment in Florida’s future.

> Read the full report.

 
Medicaid Nursing Homes Are Generally Profitable | Print |  E-mail
March 2010

Nursing homes operating in Florida are generally profitable, and any legislative efforts to control Medicaid spending by cutting rates paid to the facilities should not necessarily worsen staff-to-resident ratios, a new FCFEP report concludes.

>Read the report.

 
A Balanced Approach to Building Florida’s State Budget | Print |  E-mail
February 2010

As the Governor and Legislature prepare the state budget that will take effect July 1, families’ needs once again are rising while the resources available to the state to meet those needs fall far short.  Closing this “need vs. resources gap” only by cutting spending would be shortsighted.  A balanced approach that includes revenues is the better choice for Florida’s families and Florida’s future.

Policymakers have a number of options to raise almost $3 billion in much-needed money to help meet the needs of Floridians and make Florida’s tax system more productive today and tomorrow.  

>Read the updated FCFEP report.

 
Florida’s Latest Education Ranking Deserves Closer Look | Print |  E-mail
January 2010

The recent high ranking that Florida received from a national education publication isn’t quite the cause for celebration that it might seem at first. In fact, at the same time Education Week gave Florida high grades in some areas, it also pointed out glaring shortcomings which, if not addressed, threaten the state’s economic wellbeing.

> Read the Issue Brief.

 
<< Start < Prev 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Next > End >>

Page 21 of 27