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ALEC Supports Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Reform

The American Legislative Exchange Council joins the Foundation for Government Accountability and others supporting Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Reform and today sent a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  ALEC urges the Obama administration to approve the Statewide Reform waivers, which build upon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot, now operating for five years in five counties …

Tarren BragdonALEC Supports Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Reform

Experience with Arizona’s Drug Questionnaire for Welfare Cash Assistance Law

The debate on drug testing for welfare cash assistance is spreading to other states.  Our report showed that about one in ten in Florida are denied cash welfare for a drug-related reason in the first month of the program.  The ACLU has suggested that a questionnaire, Arizona’s current policy, is better model.  So I called to see how the Arizona program is working.  It has …

Tarren BragdonExperience with Arizona’s Drug Questionnaire for Welfare Cash Assistance Law
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A Few Clouds Are Blocking the Sunshine

The Foundation for Government Accountability believes strongly that open, transparent government is critical in a free society.  Without transparency, citizens’ and taxpayers’ Right to Know is non-existent.  Openness guarantees we can learn how government officials—elected and unelected—are spending our hard earned tax dollars, and what the impact of public policies are across the state. When it comes to public records …

Chris CinquemaniA Few Clouds Are Blocking the Sunshine
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Miami-Dade Taxpayers Can See the County’s Checkbook for the First Time, Thanks to the New Mayor

Today PolitiFact highlighted that Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez has lived up to his transparency promise.  Within 30 days of taking office, he launched a transparency Web site showing the county budget, financials, bondholders reports, and – most importantly – the county checkbook.  Although PolitiFact notes that more detail about the “why and for what” could be provided for county …

Tarren BragdonMiami-Dade Taxpayers Can See the County’s Checkbook for the First Time, Thanks to the New Mayor
Top 10 Florida Legislature Accomplishments 2011

List of Top 10 Accomplishments from 2011 Legislative Session

Recently, I met with legislative leadership to discuss policy solutions to advance during the upcoming legislative sessions.  As a new organization that began after the 2011 session, I also reviewed the “best hits” of the 2011 session.  While we all can agree that maybe more aggressive solutions, more legislation or different bills should have also been passed, the key highlights are impressive …

Tarren BragdonList of Top 10 Accomplishments from 2011 Legislative Session
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Florida Small Businesses Pay Health Premiums at National Average

A recent study reported that Florida small businesses (those with 50 or fewer employees)  had monthly health insurance premiums for their employees averaging $437 for individual coverage and $1,138 for family coverage in 2010.  That compares closely to the respective national averages of $426 and $1,117. Shouldn’t Florida be better than average? What could be done to make Florida health …

Tarren BragdonFlorida Small Businesses Pay Health Premiums at National Average