Seeking Flexibility in Medicaid: Already Bends, No Need to Break | Print |  E-mail
March 2011

Despite requests for more flexibility in changing Medicaid, the state already has considerable flexibility.

What it doesn’t have -- and shouldn’t -- is the authority to evade the minimum requirements of the federal-state Medicaid partnership.

> Read the report.

TABOR Would Endanger Services | Print |  E-mail
March 2011

The so-called “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” passed by the Florida Senate would lead to cuts in essential state services, an analysis shows.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says the proposed constitutional amendment would require "massive reductions in vital services that residents want and need -- education, health care, public safety, roads, environmental protection, and others."

> Read the CBPP report.

Tax System Should Be Evaluated Based on Services the State Needs | Print |  E-mail
March 2011

In the wake of the Florida Senate’s approval of a state revenue limitation proposal, FCFEP Chair Nelson Easterling says the services the state needs should be the starting point in determining the adequacy of a tax system.

The real issue in tax adequacy is the role of government and what services the state needs to provide to meet its responsibilities, he says.

> Read the Chair’s Perspective.

Mismanaging Managed Care: Senate Medicaid Proposal Risks Even More Than Before | Print |  E-mail
March 2011

The proposal for overhauling Florida Medicaid released through the Senate Budget Committee on Health and Human Services Appropriations calls for building on and expanding key aspects of the flawed Medicaid Reform Pilot.

It also borrows from the House's more expansive 2010 proposal to turn most Medicaid-related decisions entirely over to managed care plans.

One specific feature of the bill - installation of a hard cap on total Medicaid spending - likely makes the Senate proposal one of the biggest threats to Medicaid recipients ever seriously debated in the legislature.

> Read the report.

Keeping and Modernizing the Corporate Income Tax Would Best Serve Florida | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

Governor Rick Scott's proposal to cut corporate income taxes by $1.5 billion over the next two years would force deep budget cuts for services provided to millions of Floridians.

Meanwhile, profitable corporations, many of them multistate operations headquartered outside of Florida, would pay less for the benefits they receive from the state's education system, its transportation and infrastructure, and other services like law enforcement and the judicial system.

Slashing the corporate income tax would do little, if anything, to improve an already business-friendly tax structure or to create jobs.  But it would do much to decrease the level of services necessary to support a decent quality of life, which is the foundation of economic development.

> Read the report.

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