This year is expected be one of economic growth and recovery for the Sunshine state, according to Florida TaxWatch, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog group.
Florida’s state economists are forecasting a nearly $1 billion budget surplus over the next year, powered by growth in sales tax collections and increased consumer spending spurred by lower gas prices.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist ran almost neck-and-neck with Hispanic voters in the November 4, election, according to a new post-election poll commissioned by the Republican Party of Florida.
Florida has been heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The state continues to rank third in the nation in the cumulative number of AIDS cases (126,581 in 2012) and second in the nation in the cumulative number of HIV cases (49,058 in 2012).
With Republicans’ tighter grip on the Florida Legislature, on Tuesday, formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate saw well-earned shots at Democrats, whose voices are now even more muted.
Florida hospitals that treat uninsured patients could lose billions of dollars in funding, if the GOP-led legislature does not expand Medicaid, warns Florida Legal Services, a nonprofit legal advocate for the poor.