Highlights (or is lowlights?) from FCFEP's State of the State of Florida

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The following are highlights, or is it lowlights, from the State of the State of Florida from the Florida Center for Fiscal And Economic Policy:

  • Poverty: Floridians below poverty level: 2.7 million people, including 850,000 children. The number of Floridians living in poverty increased 550,000 in two years.
  • Residents without health insurance: 4th-worst in the nation in the percentage of uninsured.
  • Unemployment: 3rd-highest in the nation, 11.5%.
  • Per capita income growth: 46th in the nation, 2.2% growth between 2009 and 2010.
  • State tax revenue: 43rd among the states in state tax revenue per capita.
  • Education expenditures: 50th in per capita state government expenditures for all education.
  • Higher education expenditures: 46th-worst in the change in higher education appropriations per full-time equivalent student, 2005-2010.

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