Paid For, Never Redeemed

State Savings in Florida’s Medicaid Program Due to Floridians’ Lagging Incomes Are More Than Sufficient to Fund the Extension of Coverage to 800,000 Uninsured, Low-Income Adults. The fact is, not only has the percentage of and growth in state general revenue (discretionary) funding dedicated to Florida's Medicaid program been continuously overstated by critics, the federal share of Medicaid costs paid has also been continuously increasing. More specifically, under the current Medicaid program, increases in Florida's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) will save Florida more than $2 billion state dollars over the 8-year period from 2011-12 through 2019-20. These savings far exceed the state's share of the cost of Medicaid expansion. In other words, the expansion has already been fully funded.

Scott Budget: Tax Cuts Consume Growth Dollars, Leaving Little for Investments in State Services

RICK SCOTT MONEY Governor Rick Scott's budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year is notable for one stark fact: It proposes spending more than twice as much money from general revenue growth on tax cuts than on increasing funding for vital state services.
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