Florida Panel Rejects Federal Funds for Elderly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A legislative panel has rejected a $2.1
million federal grant designed to help remove patients from nursing
homes and provide them with similar care in their own homes.

The grant turned down Friday would have paved the way for
Florida to receive an additional $35.7 million to pay those
transfers over the next five years.

The Legislative Budget Commission, in other action, approved
incentives of $4.5 million and $3 million for two undisclosed
businesses considering moving to or expanding in Florida.

The joint House-Senate commission also agreed to consolidate and outsource state email service as a money-saving move.

The Republican-dominated panel rejected the nursing home money
on a largely party-line vote.

Opponents said it would have duplicated Florida's existing efforts to get people out of nursing homes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    Granted this is a terribly superficial article, but it would seem that the one way the federal program differed from the Florida program was that it was funded with federal rather than state funds, meaning the cost to each individual would be a minute fraction using the federal funding. Any explanation of WHY they chose the more expensive route?
  • by Howard on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Unbelievable! Who are these hard-hearted sobs? If the money had been for a big company you can bet the Republicans would have approved it unanimously. Publish the names of those who voted against this, please.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM in reply to Howard
      Actually, they did. Read the rest of the article. After they voted to dump the grannies in nursing homes they approved $7.5 million for companies to open token offices here.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    This is good decision...... Read the article, its a DUPLICATION to Florida efforts not an addition. when states take money from the FEDERAL GOVERMNENT, FED's are the bosses. Get the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT out of our business! p.s. I am an elderly person, if I have to go to nursing home, so be it! I don't want my family to be burdened with my care & yes I've had family members in nursing homes.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to
      First of all- YOU read the article. it didn't say that it is a duplication of Florida's efforts. It said critics SAY it is. That doesn't make it true. Second, if we are too broke to help the elderly-the people who need our help- then we are too broke to be giving millions of dollars to companies so they can open a token office here and hire a couple of token employees and pocket the difference. Is there a requirement for how long they stay? What happens when that time runs out- do we have to pay them millions more or do they leave for another state that will pay them?
  • by Badger on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    What BS! We need a new commercial showing these Florida scumbag politicians pushing granny into her grave. What cowards.
  • by Moishe Location: Tallahassee on Jun 25, 2011 at 04:22 AM
    Before you go off the edge on this try to find out what strings were attached to the money. With the obama administration things never are as they appear to be.
  • by Wants Location: Tallahassee on Jun 25, 2011 at 02:25 AM
    The balance sheet on our wants far exceeds our ability to fund them. Our priorities are messed up. We want everything for everybody, but are unwilling to acknowledge the cost is beyond our means. You can thank a lawyer for it costing so much to do everything we want to do. We are unable to do the right thing for fear of litigation. And in my opinion, Christian Lawyer is an Oxymoron.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:25 PM
    So we have plenty of money for business but none to help the elderly. Nice.
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      by Howard on Jun 25, 2011 at 05:51 AM in reply to
      Exactly. Hope all those elderly tea partiers read this news report.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 07:14 PM
    All of the registered voting taxpaying citizens in the state want to see the names of these people on this Legislative panel that made that decision. We must know who to vote out of office since they have decided that seniors deserve less care than giving incentives for profitable businessess. Shame on the Republicans for planning and allowing this to happen.
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