Condition of Florida by the Numbers | Print |  E-mail
January 2012

When the 2012 legislative session opens Tuesday, the Governor and legislative majorities will begin action based on their perceptions about the needs of the state.

This report shows the reality of the condition of Florida by the numbers:  high poverty, high unemployment, a low percentage of the jobless receiving unemployment insurance benefits, income inequality, and an inadequate, unfair tax structure.

> Read the report.

Access to Care Plummeted In Medicaid Reform Experiment | Print |  E-mail
December 2011

Five years of Florida's controversial Medicaid Reform experiment in managed care are already in the books.  From the outset, permission to operate Reform was contingent upon the state's promise that access would be protected, as confirmed through ongoing analysis of patient-level "encounter data".  Yet that data and any meaningful programmatic analysis of it remain inexplicably unavailable.

But alternative sources of data corroborate the mounting anecdotal reports of problems with access in Reform.

In light of the vulnerability of Medicaid recipients and the barriers to access to care they face generally, these findings warrant suspension of efforts to expand and extend Florida's particular Medicaid managed care experiment to new areas and additional patient groups, pending further analysis.

>Read the report.

Large Florida Corporations Among “Tax Dodgers” in New Report | Print |  E-mail
December 2011

Eight large corporations headquartered in Florida paid less than 4 percent of their profits in state corporate income taxes over the last three years, according to a new study that shows that 265 Fortune 500 companies paid state taxes on only half of their profits.

These are among the findings in "Corporate Tax Dodging in the Fifty States, 2008-2010," released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) in conjunction with the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy.

Included are recommendations about how to minimize avoidance of Florida’s corporate income tax.

>Read the press release and the report.

Corporations: Masters or Servants? | Print |  E-mail
December 2011

“The role corporations play in American economics and politics is changing. Unfortunately, the changes are negative and pose serious threats to our society, our security, and our overall standard of living,” writes FCFEP Chair Nelson Easterling.

“There is clearly a growing schism between reality and the supporters of corporate power. Proponents of corporate power seem to think that the market and corporations are somehow better than real people.

“Every corporation is the creation of a government. Every corporation exists only because the people have authorized their representatives to define and delimit their existence. Corporations are, therefore, created to be the servants of the sovereign people, not their masters.”

> Read the Chair’s Perspective.

Reform Needed for Job Subsidies, Ensuring Big Business Pays Fair Share | Print |  E-mail
December 2011

Current laws and practices of Florida's economic development agencies prevent taxpayers and even the legislature from knowing whether the state gets its money's worth from job subsidies and tax breaks.

Economic development subsidies escape the kind of accountability that the legislature requires of public schools and social safety net programs. To establish accountability and transparency, the legislature could adopt reforms to increase confidence in the expenditure of limited tax dollars.

Furthermore, state laws that extend a variety of special tax benefits to some businesses, but not all, undermine the fairness of the state's tax structure. They also reduce revenue that could be used to meet critical needs like education and health care. Those defects could be remedied by adopting additional reforms recommended in this FCFEP report.

> Read the report.

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