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Federal LIP offer may help impasse

Federal LIP offer may help impasse

A day after receiving word that Florida likely will receive about $1 billion next year for a key health-care program, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said that the information could help end a state budget impasse. Vikki Wachino, director of the federal Centers for Medicare & [...]

Once again City of Pensacola receives award for budget presentation

Once again City of Pensacola receives award for budget presentation

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) once again has given the City of Pensacola its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. According to budgets posted on the city's website, this is the 13th consecutive year the city has received this award, but the [...]

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

FDLE report: State has lowest crime rate in 44 years

Florida Department of Law Enforcement released its 2014 Annual Crime in Florida report today. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.9 percent compared to 2013. The total number of crimes fell 3.6 percent from last year which translates into 25,476 fewer crimes than in 2013. Overall [...]

Groups file brief in Pensacola to support feds in LIP lawsuit

Groups file brief in Pensacola to support feds in LIP lawsuit

Pointing to their knowledge about Medicaid-related issues, three Florida groups Monday asked a judge to allow them to file a brief on behalf of the federal government in a lawsuit that centers on the state's Low Income Pool program. The request, filed in federal court in Pensacola, came from [...]

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA offers a solution to health care crisis

HCA, the for-profit health care system that Rick Scott once served as its CEO, has sent a letter to the governor offering a solution to replace the Low Income Pool. HCA has 46 hospitals in Florida, including West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. It recommends that state increase base Medicaid [...]

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

Gaetz reports on his bills: what did or did not make it to the governor

From State Sen. Don Gaetz: What happened during the Regular Session: Overall, 1,755 bills were introduced in the Senate this year. Two hundred twenty passed. While it’s certainly not a tragedy that the Legislature passed fewer laws due to the truncated session, I do regret that the [...]

PS Today: SaintPetersBlog.com

PS Today:  SaintPetersBlog.com

Peter Schorsch, creator of SaintPetersBlog.com, will be on the show today. He has been watching the Jeff Miller situation: If Jeff Miller runs for Senate, North Florida dominoes will begin to fall. ensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in [...]

CLC strongly considering Senate bid

CLC strongly considering Senate bid

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (CLC) publicly confirmed Saturday that he is "strongly considering" a U.S. Senate bid in 2016, drawing closer to throwing his hat in a GOP primary ring that already has one congressman and could soon include a handful [...]

Miller courts support at RPOF quarterly meeting

Miller courts support at RPOF quarterly meeting

The odds of Congressman Jeff Miller running for U.S. Senate got a little better Friday night. The U.S. representative from Chumuckla attended the quarterly meeting of the Republican Party of Florida--something he hasn't down for year. Miller is definitely courting support for un next year for [...]

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

Gaetz: ‘Continuation budgets; that’s Washington talk’

State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) mocked Governor Rick Scott's efforts to force Florida hospitals to share their revenues with less profitable facilities. On the radio show "Pensacola Speaks, he said, "When Governor Scott, who as you know made probably hundreds of millions of dollars buying and [...]

Scott begins hospital witch hunt May 20

Scott begins hospital witch hunt  May 20

Gov. Rick Scott's newly created panel on health-care funding is scheduled to spend 90 minutes next week receiving overviews of issues such as hospital financial data, the Low Income Pool and what is known as the "certificate of need" process, according to an agenda posted on the governor's website. [...]

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Gaetz hopeful lawmakers will hammer out health care solution

Don Gaetz is hopeful that the Florida House and Senate will hammer out a budget in June. The biggest sticking point is how the state will be budget for the health care of its 820,000 uninsured citizens. “I'm encouraged that our budget chief, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Richard [...]

Castle Greyskull gets a reprieve…until next meeting

Castle Greyskull gets a reprieve…until next meeting

The meetings of the Escambia Board of County Commissioners are circular events. Ideas, opinions and facts go round and round, and sometimes a decision pops out. Such was the case in today's discussion of the Escambia County Jail ("Castle Greyskull") at the Committee of the Whole. The BCC needs [...]

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

City politics: Once again much ado, little change

Pensacola City Hall came into this week with three contentious issues: CMPA Board of Trustees, Film Commission and Gallery Night. The first two involved the Pensacola City Council and third the Downtown Improvement Board. As the week comes to an end, little has really changed. The few changes [...]

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