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Florida Economists Grapple With Medicaid Expansions

Jul 31, 2019

State economists are struggling to come up with estimates of how much it would cost the state and how it would affect Florida’s economy if voters approve a far-reaching constitutional amendment that calls for expanding Medicaid. 

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Back in October, hundreds of Hillsborough County residents packed the pews of Tampa's First Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Galvano Signals Workers’ Comp Could Be On Table

Nov 21, 2018

New Senate President Bill Galvano is promising to revisit Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance laws, despite two decreases in rates for employers.

Can the deep-red Florida Statehouse follow Virginia and expand Medicaid?

Highly unlikely anytime soon, many state political analysts say.

Lawmakers this week sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that could help provide information to police about whether drivers are deaf before officers approach cars during traffic stops.

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Gov. Rick Scott delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.

With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  The governor is ordering new training at state agencies.

A Florida Democrat wants to impose the same fundraising restrictions legislators face each session on the state’s cabinet officials.

TALLAHASSEE - The state of Florida has paid more than $11 million over a 30-year period to settle hundreds of cases that alleged that state workers were sexually harassed by supervisors and co-workers, or were forced to work in a hostile work environment.

The Associated Press requested the information from the state agency that tracks payments made to settle lawsuits filed against state agencies and state universities.

When the new Legislative session begins in January, lawmakers will debate policy and craft budgets.

The outlook is grim again for Florida’s budget drafters—and that’s before considering the cost of Hurricane Irma.  State forecasters are warning the coffers are nearly empty for the third year running.

The Florida Legislature is cancelling upcoming committee meetings ahead of Hurricane Irma. Lawmakers’ preparations for the 2018 session will have to wait.

Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

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She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus.


This week on Florida Matters, our ongoing "Newsmaker" series features Dr. Susan MacManus.

The Florida Legislature may have sent an $82.4 billion dollar budget to Governor Rick Scott Monday, but Scott is still indicating he may veto it.

It took them three days longer than it was supposed to, but Florida lawmakers have finally passed a new state budget.

This week on Florida Matters we’ll take a look at what’s in the $83 billion spending plan along with a few other issues decided during the 60-day session.

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The Florida Legislature has lined up a series of spending measures to complete the state budget.  Leaders are cramming some of the largest and thorniest issues into measures that some lawmakers will be debating for the first time.

Optimistic lawmakers flooded the Capitol with a record number of bills this spring.

The Florida House and Senate budget teams are bumping numerous issues up to the chambers’ presiding officers.  The groups bundled a few major priorities for up or down votes ahead of the floor.

Florida’s budget for the coming fiscal year is now in the hands of the House and Senate budget chiefs.  They’re planning to settle as many differences as they can and ‘bump’ the rest to the presiding officers by noon Sunday.

It appears talks regarding Florida’s budget have re-started with the House budget chief saying talks could begin as early as tonight. Earlier in the day the House’s budget committee voted to re-authorizing the current year’s spending plan with a few changes, after lawmakers appeared to be at a stand-still.

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Florida legislative leaders are at a “stalemate” over a new state budget with time running out.

Can Florida Lawmakers leave Tallahassee on time? The mood in the state capital has gone from one of pessimism, to cautious optimism that leaders can strike key deals in time.

The Florida legislative session has begun, which means it’s time to get serious about the state’s budget.  But the past few months of prologue have done little to bring the parties together.

The azaleas are in bloom -- that means the legislative session in Tallahassee is just around the corner. What’s likely to happen, and how will it affect you?


It's that time of year again -- Florida's legislative session begins next Tuesday, March 7.

This week on Florida Matters we're exploring some proposals lawmakers are considering in the upcoming session, and talking about the politics behind it all. 


As part of assembling Florida’s budget for the next year, legislators are pushing local pet projects. But there’s a new vetting process for House lawmakers this year intended to add more transparency.

A new proposal would allow the state to keep laws the state Supreme Court rules are unconstitutional.

Twenty-one-year-old Representative Amber Mariano is vowing to put the “fresh” in freshman as the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida House.

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