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Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he will sue the federal government over the Low Income Pool program that is set to expire in June. State Sen. Don Gaetz said a lawsuit will not solve the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget because of the LIP funds going away. "The governor has [...]

Scott will sue Feds over Low Income Pool expiration

Scott will sue Feds over Low Income Pool expiration

In the latest escalation of a complicated standoff between the federal government and the state, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue federal officials for tying funding for some hospitals and other health-care providers to Medicaid expansion. The federal Centers for Medicare & [...]

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott's administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder. The [...]

League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

The President of the League of Women Voters of Florida called Gov. Rick Scott's announcement casting doubt on a Senate plan to help 800,000 of Florida's low-income workers get health-care coverage "a sucker punch for all Floridians." "With all the positive momentum from business and bi-partisan [...]

Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

BACKROOM BRIEFING: APPOMATTOX FOR CONFEDERATE VETERANS? By BRANDON LARRABEE, JIM TURNER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Confederate soldiers might not be admitted to the state Veterans' Hall of Fame anytime soon --- but if there's anything that their supporters are familiar [...]

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

Gov. Scott no longer uses email for official business

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Gov. Rick Scott has quit using any email for state business. "The governor now only uses email to communicate with family," his deputy communications director John Tupps said. The governor ran into trouble during the 2014 campaign when The Associated Press [...]

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

The federal government has made it clear that its Low Income Pool program will end this June. LIP provides Florida $2 billion annually for health care for low income families and the uninsured. Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa Medical Center depend on the funds for the care they offer those [...]

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

By Lucy Morgan, Context FLorida Some governors are slow learners. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used [...]

For Scott, conversations with Cabinet were ‘good’, those with Black Caucus not so much

For Scott, conversations with Cabinet were ‘good’, those with Black Caucus not so much

Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members approved on Tuesday new steps to review the work of agencies they jointly oversee, while also agreeing to extend the time for the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Office of Financial Regulation and the Department of Revenue to respond and offer input into [...]

Florida Cabinet slows down agency appointments

Florida Cabinet slows down agency appointments

Capitol watchers were given a glimpse this week of the next chapter in the showdown between the governor and Cabinet members over department-head appointments. Aides to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam acted to cut off Gov. [...]

Florida TaxWatch supports cutting tax on cell phones and cable

Florida TaxWatch supports cutting tax on cell phones and cable

In its latest Economic Commentary, the Tallahassee-based think tank Florida TaxWatch argues that cutting the Communications Services Tax will ease the tax burden for Florida families and businesses would also attract business investment, create Florida jobs and grow the state's information-based [...]

Viewpoint: Rick Scott could seize Marco Rubio’s Senate seat

Viewpoint: Rick Scott could seize Marco Rubio’s Senate seat

By Peter Schorsch, ContextFlorida Despite his impending book tour with its planned trips to Iowa and Nevada, an increasing number of signs point to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio forgoing a full-scale presidential run, seeking re-election in 2016 and running for Florida governor in 2018. In early [...]

Has Big Pharma derailed Charlotte’s Web regs

Has Big Pharma derailed Charlotte’s Web regs

That is the question that one concerned parent asked me yesterday. This time last year our newspaper and thousands of parents with kids battling severe forms of epilepsy were pushing the Florida Legislature to pass a law that would make available Charlotte's Web, a special strain of cannabis that [...]

FDLE: Cabinet will not investigate ouster, but will discuss overall process in March

FDLE: Cabinet will not investigate ouster, but will discuss overall process in March

The word from the Florida Cabinet meeting today at the Florida State Fair in Tampa is the Florida Cabinet will not investigation the abrupt resignation of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. However, the Cabinet will at its next meeting will start a process to consider Gov. Scott’s proposal to [...]

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