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  • Feds offers Florida plan aimed at solving state budget mess

    The Obama administration offered Thursday to extend Florida's hospital funds for another two years, but only at about half the amount the state received last year — a deal that might help fill a $1 billion state budget hole and resolve a legislative...
  • Mayo: Feds blink, offer compromise in Florida health care battle

    Mayo: Feds blink, offer compromise in Florida health care battle
    The feds blinked. Gov. Rick Scott's malevolence and stubbornness in refusing to expand Medicaid have been rewarded. But at least hospitals that serve the poor will get the safety-net funding they need, and Florida legislators have a framework to...
  • Jay Ambrose: Inexperienced or not, Rubio shines

    Is it 2016 already, a presidential election year? It feels like it, at least when you read the news and see the crazy politics going on, the subterfuge about sure-enough scandals, the usual, meaningless platitudes of some, the overreaching of others,...
  • Math tests for nearly 550,000 Florida students won't count

    The Florida Department of Education says that the math tests taken by nearly 550,000 students won't count this school year. The department sent out a memo this week to school districts telling them the results from end-of-course exams in Algebra I,...
  • Hospitals call out Scott on political quackery

    Hospitals call out Scott on political quackery
    Florida just got a needed second opinion on the state's health care finance crisis. To ease the crisis he created, Gov. Rick Scott has prescribed a special commission — which holds its first meeting today — and profit-sharing among the...
  • Florida's GOP primary could give a boost to a favorite son

    Florida has put itself in a position to help the White House bids of either former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio, by setting up a winner-take-all Republican presidential primary as early as possible in the nominating calendar. Florida is the third...
  • Medicaid, super-scholars, and Catholic Church: Letters

    Medicaid, super-scholars, and Catholic Church: Letters
     Medicaid stalemate Thanks to Jason Brodeur for elaborating on the state House of Representatives' refusal to agree to the federally funded Medicaid expansion that the Senate is promoting ("House's health plan reduces cost and improves access," Sunday)....
  • Math end-of-course exams won't count toward student grades

    Math end-of-course exams won't count toward student grades
    Results from Florida's end-of-course exams in math won't count toward a student's final grade this year, state officials told school superintendents Monday. This year, Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry exams will not be used to calculate grades or to...
  • House action let everyone down

    House action let everyone down
    I had the privilege to serve as a page in the Florida Senate during the last week of the session. On April 28, while I was in the Senate chamber, both the House and Senate were shocked to hear that a small group of representatives, including House...
  • Mayo: Medicaid battle hard to understand, except as pure political spite

    Mayo: Medicaid battle hard to understand, except as pure political spite
    As the Legislature gears up for Round 2 of its battle to pass a budget and figure out what to do about Medicaid expansion and health coverage for the poor, the Republicans in Tallahassee who want to sabotage Obamacare have done something cynical and...
  • Florida judge throws out lawsuit against voucher program

    Backers of Florida's largest private-school voucher program scored a significant victory Monday in an increasingly bitter legal battle. Circuit Judge George Reynolds tossed out a lawsuit that contended that the program that serves nearly 70,000...