Florida health care system finishes at bottom of pack, study finds
Michael Carroll | August 18, 2017
Florida’s poor showing on a recent ranking of state health care systems can be attributed partly to the large number of lower-wage jobs in the Sunshine State and its decision not to expand Medicaid, which would have come with its own significant costs over the long term, health care experts said. The personal finance website […]
Florida in focus: Florida Highway Patrol leader behind quota flap resigns
Watchdog News | August 17, 2017
Bay News 9: Florida Highway Patrol leader behind quota flap resigns A top official with the Florida Highway Patrol who told troopers they aren’t writing enough speeding tickets is resigning from his job. Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H in Tallahassee turned in his resignation letter on Wednesday. Welch’s last day will be Sept. 4. […]
Florida in focus: Why Florida insurers could double homeowners’ rates
Watchdog News | August 16, 2017
CBS News: Why Florida insurers could double homeowners’ rates Florida has seen its share of calamities, but an “epidemic of insurance claims” could shove the Sunshine State down a financial sinkhole even before the next hurricane hits. Lawyers and “restoration companies” have teamed up to create a superstorm of lawsuits forcing Florida’s home and auto […]
Florida in focus: Gov. Rick Scott, Speaker Richard Corcoran want to make raising taxes super hard
Watchdog News | August 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott and Speaker Richard Corcoran want to make raising taxes super hard Gov. Rick Scott wants to make it harder to increase taxes by changing Florida’s Constitution to require a new “supermajority” vote by the state Legislature. Scott floated the idea for the first time Monday. He provided few details […]
Florida in focus: Some road projects promised after gas tax renewal slow to get started
Watchdog News | August 14, 2017
Florida Times-Union: Some road projects promised after gas tax renewal slow to get started The promise of dozens of road construction projects swayed Duval County voters to support a half-cent sales tax for the Better Jacksonville Plan in August 2000. The bulk of that road work got done, but a combination of slumping tax collections […]
Florida in focus: Watch your wallets – cities, county poised to collect millions more in taxes
Watchdog News | August 11, 2017
Orlando Sentinel opinion: Watch your wallets – cities, county poised to collect millions more in taxes As tax season draws to a close, it’s become clear that there are two main kinds of governments at play: The kind quietly collecting millions more next year and hoping you won’t notice, and the kind that openly and […]
Florida in focus: A speeding ticket quota at Florida Highway Patrol? You decide
Watchdog News | August 10, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: A speeding ticket quota at Florida Highway Patrol? You decide A top official of the Florida Highway Patrol has told the troopers under his command that they are not writing enough speeding tickets. Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H, based in Tallahassee, said in an email (below): “The patrol wants to see […]
Business-friendly policies put Florida economy in overdrive, governor says
Michael Carroll | August 10, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has been highlighting new economic numbers on state job growth, consumer confidence and the unemployment rate, arguing that they validate his business-friendly policies. Consumer optimism numbers for July contain a few undercurrents of uncertainty, however, and Scott’s political opponents say the state’s economic growth has come in the form of […]
Florida in focus: Former Broward Health exec gets six-figure payout despite scathing report
Watchdog News | August 09, 2017
Sun Sentinel: Former Broward Health exec gets six-figure payout despite scathing report A top Broward Health executive who resigned after a harsh report on her handling of a marketing contract has received a six-figure payout in exchange for promising not to sue or disparage the public hospital system. Doris Peek resigned July 20 as senior vice president of […]
Florida in focus: Study will look at statewide school funding formula that critics say is unfair
Watchdog News | August 08, 2017
Orlando Sentinel: Study will look at statewide school funding formula that critics say is unfair A study will go forward on the state’s redistribution of money from poorer to wealthier school districts in a funding formula a Volusia County critic called “backwards Robin Hood.” The formula has cost Seminole, Osceola and Lake schools tens of millions […]