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      State Pension Litigation Update, October 2013

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 9, 2013

      In attempts to reign in the costs of pensions, state lawmakers legislate pension reform. Challengers to those reforms often bring suit, alleging violations of state law, contracts, and the Constitution. This month, we summarize a new case form California regarding health benefits.

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      GOP Governors Chart Different Paths On Shutdown

      National Public Radio | by Adam Wollner | October 8, 2013

      Among Republicans, though, there appears to be some disagreement over exactly who's to blame for the latest budget impasse.

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      States used mortgage settlement money to balance budgets

      USA Today | by Pamela M. Prah | October 8, 2013

      Instead of helping homeowners, states used at least $1 billion of the $2.5 billion they received in a legal settlement with major mortgage lenders to plug budget holes, pay for pet projects or promote economic development.

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      Political, popular obstacles block pension changes

      The Charleston Daily Mail | October 7, 2013

      Detroit's bankruptcy is casting a shadow over a long list of cities across the U.S. and giving mayors new urgency in the search for solutions to the greatest challenge to face America's cities in a generation.

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      Budget Gimmicks Update, October 2013

      State Budget Solutions | by Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 4, 2013

      State officials have a deep bag of tricks to "solve" budget gaps. In reality, these gimmicks result in state budget that appear at first glance to be balanced, but looking past the smoke and mirrors reveals that they are very unbalanced. This consistent habit of kicking the can down the road has put states in their current fiscal catastrophes. This month's update come from Arizona.

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      If Shutdown Persists, Would States Be Reimbursed for Filling Federal Holes?

      Governing | by Ryan Holeywell | October 2, 2013

      Officials in the Obama administration on Tuesday spoke with state budget officers about how they should respond to the federal government shutdown, but provided little insight into what will happen if it lasts more than a month.

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      State revenue up, budget battles ahead for session

      The Tallahassee Democrat | by Jeff Burlew | September 30, 2013

      The state of Florida is expecting nearly $846 million more in revenue next year, but lawmakers could still see nasty budget fights when session begins in March.

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      State reliance on federal dollars near all-time high

      The Washington Post | by Reid Wilson | September 24, 2013

      After years of declining tax revenues and federal stimulus payments, states find themselves relying more on the federal government for cash infusions than ever before. But thanks to the budget sequester, much of that money is about to vanish.

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      States Income-Tax Revenue Reaches Post-Recession Peak

      Bloomberg | by Alison Vekshin | September 20, 2013

      U.S. state income-tax collections rose the most since the recession in the three months ending in June, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government said.

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      The state pension situation is improving, but most plan funding is still low

      Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | September 17, 2013

      Wisconsin has the nation’s strongest pension plan, while Illinois has the worst, according to a new report. And the situation across states is starting to moderate.

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    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      FL Gov ScottGov. Rick Scott

      The Capitol
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
      Phone: (850) 488-2272
      Fax: (850) 922-4292





      Office of Policy and Budget
      1702 The Capitol, Executive Office of the Governor
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
      Phone (850) 487-1880
      Fax: (850) 488-9005


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


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      Florida is required to pass a "balanced budget." Sections 216.165 and 216.221 of the state law require the governor to recommend revenues sufficient to fund appropriations. Florida law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. Florida's governor is required to monitor revenues to ensure that all the necessary revenues are being raised. If a deficit is developing, then the governor, house speaker, senate president and chief justice are to reduce costs to eliminate the deficit. Florida has one of the most aggressive policies for maintaining a balanced budget in the country, requiring that when the budget isn't balanced, it is to be made balanced. In spite of these laws and policies, Florida reported budget deficits (negative net transactions) for the three years studied.


      The State maintains four individual governmental funds: the General Fund, the Environment, Recreation & Conservation Fund, the Health & Family Services Fund, and the Transportation Fund. The State budgets its financial activities on a cash basis of accounting and budgets three major funds: the General fund, the major special revenue fund (comprised of 3 lesser funds), and special revenue fund (comprised of about 19 to 20 lesser funds). On the Budgetary Comparison Schedule neither one of these budget categories include a "Total" column for the lesser funds, which is inefficient for budgetary analysis.


      Florida has a dedicated website to the budget,, which shows the funding for all agencies and the funding source. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.



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      Williams Report - May 20, 2015

      by Bob Williams | May 20, 2015

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      Williams Report - May 13, 2015

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | May 13, 2015

      Join us on Twitter today by following @StateBudgets and tweeting with the hashtag #SBSBob.

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    • Solutions: Florida

      Three Things You Can Do to Fix Health Care Now

      Foundation for Government Accountability | by Christie Herrera | December 6, 2012

      Three Things to Fix Health Care Now:

      #1: Reject the Health Insurance Exchange
      #2: Don't Expand Medicaid
      #3: Offer an Alternative

    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

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      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

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      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions: North Carolina , Florida

      Medicaid Reform

      Civitas Institute | by Brian Balfour | September 12, 2012

      Any serious attempt at state budget reform in North Carolina must include an examination of its Medicaid program. Costs have been soaring, and past cost-containment efforts have proven both insufficient and detrimental to enrollees' access to care. Moreover, Medicaid enrollees are merely passive participants in the program with little or no choices, and at the mercy of the whims of politicians.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
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      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: Florida

      A Medicaid Cure: Florida's Medicaid Reform Pilot

      Foundation for Government Accountability | by Tarren Bragdon | May 23, 2012

      During its five years of operations, Florida's Medicaid Reform Pilot has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $118 million annually.

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