Tax Modernization Would Produce Revenue for Critical State Needs | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

Modernizing Florida's tax structure would (1) close the state's budget gap, (2) prevent the most severe cuts in essential services like education and health care, (3) increase fairness, and (4) fix the state's long-term structural budget deficit.

Meanwhile, even after several years of damaging budget cuts, the governor and legislature promise additional reductions in services in order to balance the state budget. But they have stated they will not consider any tax reform actions in 2011 that would result in increased revenue.

By acting to implement tax modernization proposals considered in Florida for years, the state could raise more than $5 billion each year to pay for services needed for a decent quality of life.

> Read the report.

Cutting "Optional" Services Would Hurt More Than Help | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

Any Medicaid service cuts are unlikely to yield significant savings in state general revenue in the short term, as there is little to cut without reaching the bare federal minimum or causing significant harm to the Floridians who must rely on Medicaid.

Beyond the short term, such cuts will cost the state much more than they save.

> Read the report.

FCFEP Chair Says Tax System Should Serve Citizen/Consumer | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

 Dr. Nelson Easterling writes that the citizen/consumer is the sovereign, not corporations.

 > Read the Chair's Perspective.

Florida's Budget Gap | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

> View a PowerPoint on closing Florida's budget gap.

Budget Proposal Equates to Cuts in Health and Human Services | Print |  E-mail
February 2011

Strictly speaking, Governor Rick Scott did not recommend a reduction in spending for health and human services for 2011-12.  Total HHS spending and Medicaid spending under the Scott proposal would in fact rise next year.

But in the sense that the proposed funding level for Medicaid in 2011-12 would not meet the state's currently projected need, the recommendations amount to a $1.2 billion cut.

For 2012-13, the Governor proposes to install an arbitrary cap on Medicaid spending that does not factor in inflation or the true cost of providing care.

Reduced access and quality of care for the most vulnerable Floridians who must depend on Medicaid will inevitably result.

> Read the report.

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