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Today on Context Florida: New constitutional amendment, childhood poverty and healthcare costs

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Today on Context Florida:

After several months of cooking, Peter Schorsch says a new proposed amendment to Florida’s constitution popped up this week. What is it? It’s a mouthful and is called, “All Voters Vote in Top Two Primary Elections for Congress, State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet” and it basically changes the rules for how elections are conducted in Florida.

When Andy Ford first began his teaching career it was in an inner city school where extreme poverty permeated nearly every child’s life. It hung in the air outside the chain-link fence surrounding the school like an oppressive fog, waiting to engulf students as soon as the school day ended. Knowing what they were headed toward at the end of the day was by far the hardest part of Ford’s job. For some, it’s hard to imagine what life is like for a child who steps outside that fence to face poverty.

Healthcare continues to be at the center of debate in Florida’s Capitol, says Wayne W Oliver. But while many focus on the number of Floridians covered by some form of health insurance, equal attention should be paid to the factors driving the costs of delivering healthcare. These costs affect everyone: the insured, the uninsured, employers and the State. If costs are reduced, by definition healthcare becomes more accessible to all Floridians.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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