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State Roundup: Merit pay will be back

November 22, 2010

Sarasota Herald-Tribune is reporting that merit pay will likely be back before the legislature for discussion in 2011. The bill is similar to the one vetoed by Crist this spring. One change in the proposed legislation is how to compensate special education teachers–rather use test scores, special ed teachers will have their compensation tied to measures outlined in individual student education plans. Read more.

Miami Herald/St. Pete Times report on Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s transition team. You might be surprised who is included. Read more.

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  • Amy November 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    On Levine;
    snip
    An Atlanta native, Levine served as a hospital executive and held several high-ranking jobs under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush before Gov. Bobby Jindal recruited him to Louisiana in early 2008.

    As health secretary, Levine has overseen a reduction of the agency’s budget and workforce while working to introduce managed-care principles to the state’s Medicaid program and outsourcing mental-health services to the private sector.
    snip
    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/07/health_and_hospitals_secretary.html

    The most surprising thing about Louisiana’s new drug pricing lawsuit is the allegation, buried on page 12, that Baxter International (BAX) sold salt and sugar to Medicaid for $928 a bag. That fact alone tells you all you need to know about why healthcare costs in the U.S. are going up when they could be coming down: The law allows drug companies to rook state Medicaid and federal Medicare programs by preventing the agencies from negotiating drug prices:
    http://www.bnet.com/blog/drug-business/928-for-a-bag-of-salt-how-drugmakers-rip-off-taxpayers/6309

  • Amy November 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

    footnote: I “wish” the Miami Herald article had it’s own thread ;)

  • Amy November 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Surprised? Why would anybody be surprised that he’s hired lobbyists? Why would anybody be surprised that he’s hired people who are experts at transferring taxpayer funds into the pockets of wealthy investors and Big Banks?