Today on Context Florida: Two Floridas, telemedicine, strategic thinking and FLAIR

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson’s latest complaint is with people who prioritize limitless monetary profit over and above social responsibility to Florida. They are vital to what he calls a “tale of two Floridas,” those individuals who see regulations as a hindrance to uncontrolled wealth accumulation and consider taxation to be “Private Enemy No. 1”

Telemedicine is the “health care of the future,” writes Tamara Y. Demko, director of the TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging. Facilitating access to quality care through telemedicine is possible in the Florida Legislature during this session for long-term success, regardless of uncertainty surrounding federal health-care reform.

Strategic thinking is a skill that not only benefits business, but also personal lives, writes Bob Porter, executive director of downtown Orlando’s Executive Development Center. For example, clarity and flexibility are typically a better choice in strategic thinking than complexity and rigidity.

Most people do not manage finances in the same way as they did in 1984, says Pat Neal, but the state of Florida does. It is not just the fact that the current accounting system is inefficient and lacks analytic capabilities; if substantive updates are not made to the Florida Accounting Information Resource (FLAIR) the system is at risk of collapse.

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