Three Million Floridians in Poverty; Legislature Cuts Safety Net | Print |  E-mail
September 2011

The number of Floridians in poverty surpassed three million in 2010, the Census Bureau reported last week.

One of every six Floridians and almost one of every four children under 18 live in poverty. That means they live in a two-person family earning no more than $14,676 annually or a three-person family earning no more than $17,374.

It is in this environment of growing poverty that the Florida Legislature cuts safety net programs like unemployment compensation and Medicaid designed to cushion Floridians from the worst effects of economic downturns. State policymakers also reject federal funding for health and social services for Floridians and oppose the federal health care law that would provide insurance coverage to millions of the uninsured.

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“How Florida’s Tax System Hurts the Middle Class” | Print |  E-mail
September 2011

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Medicaid Plan Increases HMO Profits | Print |  E-mail
September 2011

The Medicaid legislation passed during the 2011 session aims to expand Florida's experimental managed care plan.  One of the most controversial issues debated was the question of what standards should be used to regulate HMO profits.

The choice selected by the legislature—called “achieved savings rebate”—delivers a massive bonus to managed care plans and their frequently out-of-state executives and investors, at the expense of the most vulnerable patients and Florida taxpayers.

The option not selected—“medical loss ratio”—would have reduced HMO profits and provided more accountability that has been lacking for Medicaid managed care in Florida.

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Florida Pursues Risky Experiment Of Education Privatization | Print |  E-mail
August 2011

Florida is pursuing education privatization further and faster than any other state, conducting a risky experiment with the education of 2.6 million public school students and the schools that serve them.

Florida already is the leader among the states in the number of students in voucher programs and public dollars expended for them.  The Florida Legislature went even further in its 2011 session, expanding every alternative to traditional public schools—even while it cut public school funding for the fourth year in a row.

The state's focus on choice programs hurts the public school system by diverting public money to private schools and for-profit education companies.

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How Debt Ceiling Cuts Will Work | Print |  E-mail
August 2011

It has been difficult to follow the myriad conversations about what programs will be exempt from the deficit reduction knife IF, for any number of reasons, the newly established Joint Select Committee fails.

This two-page summary summarizes how the program will work if the Joint Committee does not succeed in producing, passing and enacting legislation by the end of 2011 that would reduce projected deficits by at least $1.2 trillion through 2021.  The summary also provides links to more detailed information about the cuts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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