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Florida business interests at odds over healthcare this session

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There’s infighting among the “business” ranks this session on the healthcare front. By the second week of session it’s clear that National Federation of Independent Business, Florida, the Florida Chamber, and Associated Industries of Florida have different ideas about the approach Florida should take on the healthcare front as the state faces the loss of federal Medicaid dollars that are used to pay hospitals, and federally qualified health centers as well as train future doctors. While AIF thanked the Senate…

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Florida Chamber pushes cuts in health insurance rates, part of Medicaid expansion

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As the Senate Health Policy Committee prepared to pass a Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, Florida Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson advised his association couldn’t support the measure. His opposition had nothing to do with expanding Medicaid to working uninsured adults. Instead, the opposition to PCB 7044 lies in the fact that there are no cost-saving reductions for Floridians who,  Wilson said, should benefit when Florida’s uninsured rate is lowered. Wilson said Floridian’s pay a $1.4 billion “hidden…

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Florida Chamber releases 2010 legislative ratings

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Just a couple of insights after reviewing the Florida Chamber’s ratings: ***State Sen. Dan Gelber had the second lowest rating of his colleagues, so he must be doing something right. ***The Chamber’s ratings gave extra weight to how a legislator voted on SB6. The Florida Chamber of Commerce released the 2010 Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators based on their support of pro-job and pro-business issues during the legislative session. These highly anticipated grades are calculated annually based on legislators’ voting records on…

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PolitiFact rules Florida Chamber’s claim that education proposals won’t cut teacher pay mostly true

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From PolitiFact Florida: As the debate over proposed education reforms continues to ratchet up in Tallahassee, groups on both sides are taking to the airwaves. Groups supporting and opposing SB 6 and HB 7189, the Senate and House education bills, recently launched television spots to bolster their arguments. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, a main proponent of Republican-led legislation, is running 30-second advertisement that blames “Tallahassee union lobbyists” for misleading citizens about the education proposals. “Tallahassee union lobbyists have been…

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PolitiFact rules Florida Chamber’s claim that education proposals won’t cut teacher pay mostly true

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From PolitiFact Florida: As the debate over proposed education reforms continues to ratchet up in Tallahassee, groups on both sides are taking to the airwaves. Groups supporting and opposing SB 6 and HB 7189, the Senate and House education bills, recently launched television spots to bolster their arguments. The Florida Chamber of Commerce, a main proponent of Republican-led legislation, is running 30-second advertisement that blames “Tallahassee union lobbyists” for misleading citizens about the education proposals. “Tallahassee union lobbyists have been…

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Florida Chamber launches negative TV spot vs. teachers

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In the latest dust-up over SB 6, the Florida Chamber has launched a negative TV ad slamming Florida’s teachers. By the way, it looks like Adam Goodman and the Victory Group are the creative force behind www.classroomflorida.com and the producers of this spot.  If you are interested in letting Mr. Goodman know what you think of the ad, contact him at adam@victorygroup.com

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