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Medicaid: Benefit Cuts Versus Savings

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Three million Floridians receiving Medicaid benefits could be forced into managed care programs by state lawmakers. GOP leaders say privatizing Medicaid management would save the state a billion dollars a year, while opponents of the plan say the savings will deprive children, seniors, and the disabled of quality care.

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FSU College of Business Inducts 3 Alumni Into Hall of Fame

Posted: 03/31/2011 - FSU’s College of Business has selected 3 accomplished alumni to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. Mark Hillis, Floyd D. “Bud” Jordan Jr. and Kenneth M. Willis were inducted into a prestigious group of 23 business leaders at the college’s Ninth Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony.

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School Tax Holiday Back in House

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Back-to-school shoppers could experience the thrill of a three-day sales tax holiday beginning August 12 under a measure approved by the House Finance and Tax Committee.

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House Citizen's Insurance Package Takes Off

Posted: 03/31/2011 - A House panel on March 30 kicked off that chamber’s attempt to shrink the state-run insurance pool by raising rates, and phasing in restrictions meant to force coastal residents with expensive properties into private insurance.

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Damage Caps For Foster Agencies Fought by Family

Posted: 03/31/2011 - When the Florida Senate’s omnibus Medicaid bill passed its first committee, it included a measure that would cap damages for pain and suffering by children in the state foster care system. The inclusion of the new limits came over the objection of a family who took in three foster kids, only to find they’d had a horrible past.

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Tax Credit Voucher Program Headed For Expansion

Posted: 03/31/2011 - In an attempt to boost participation in Florida’s tax credit school scholarship program, a Senate committee approved a bill on March 30 that gives corporate tax information to scholarship groups and boosts how much of a tax credit a company could receive.

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Budget Passes in Contentious Committee Meeting

Posted: 03/31/2011 - A pared-down $66.5 billion budget for the coming fiscal year passed the House Appropriations Committee on March 30, even as opposition Democrats assailed the spending plan as a danger to public safety and an attack on state workers.

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Senator Haridopolos: Prison Guards, Police Are Different

Posted: 03/31/2011 - Responding to a question about how privatization of prisons might be perceived, Haridopolos said most people believe there is a difference between cops on the street and corrections officers in prisons – and that many newer prisons don’t need as many guards.

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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Updated: 03/31/2011 - A resolution in the U.S. Senate is paving the way for a day to honor the men and women who fought in the Vietnam War.

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State Workers Should Pay More for Health Plan

Updated: 03/31/2011 - A new Senate proposal would force many state employees to pay thousands a dollars a year more for health insurance --- or choose skimpier coverage.

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Gator Day

Posted: 03/30/2011 - UF Alumni Association holds Gator Day in Tallahassee.

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Senate Panel Rejects Speedway Ashes Bill

Posted: 03/30/2011 - A bill that would have allowed racing fans to have their ashes interred at Daytona International Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway has been voted down.

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Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Posted: 03/30/2011 - The Florida Commission on Human Relations (Commission) is now accepting nominations for the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame, which was signed into law last year

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SRWMD to Open ATV Trails in April

Posted: 03/30/2011 - Those who enjoy riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) will soon have a place to ride in Lafayette County for a few months before the start of hunting season.

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