Today on Context Florida:
Loss of the Medicaid expansion money, Mark O’Brien points out, will mean hospitals must scrap ideas for improvements that would lead to lower costs, better service and long-term improvements. Not just the latest whiz-bang medical devices, he says, but even mundane details, like laundry.
For going on 16 years, Stephen Goldstein says the Florida Republican Party has fiddled and belittled the middle class. It isn’t an act of God that’s destroying the American Dream; it’s petty, self-serving, greedy acts of Man, justified by a perversion of capitalism that’s the equivalent of economic rape.
Over the years, former Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp had the privilege to meet some amazing people. One of the most impressive was NFL legend Jim Brown, who lived an amazing life as an athlete, civil rights advocate and movie star. Today’s football fans have little appreciation for Jim’s dominance on the gridiron, Kottkamp says.
When more people visit Florida, it directly results in more jobs for Floridians and a reduced tax burden for the state’s taxpayers, according to Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of the TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida. As visitors spend their money here, state and local governments are able to collect more revenue, which enables them to pass on the revenue gains to taxpayers in the form of tax cuts, including the nearly $500 million tax cut passed by the 2014 Legislature.