April 13, 2016

A Fiscal Policy Agenda for Florida

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

States should improve fiscal planning to promote healthy economies in the long term, help struggling families, and ensure sufficient revenue is in place to make needed investments that will help grow jobs. This prescription comes from a new report, A Fiscal Policy Agenda for Stronger State Economies out today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report comes as many state legislatures are mid-session. Florida’s legislative session concluded in March, but adopting policies offered in the report will strengthen Florida’s economy in coming years.

Florida would be especially wise to take note of some of the report’s specific policy recommendations, like strengthening education, investing in infrastructure, expanding Medicaid (see our fact sheets about Medicaid expansion); and enacting a state level Earned Income Tax Credit.

To grow a healthy economy in Florida, we should also consider what it really takes to support entrepreneurs, who are the major drivers of job growth, instead of spending a majority of time and money to recruit companies to move to the state. Florida’s legislature has already fallen in line with one suggestion of the report, by minimizing costly corporate tax cuts that do little, if anything, to spur economic growth. Hardworking taxpayers deserve a tax code that respects the effort they make by providing things like roads, schools, and other services necessary for a healthy economy.

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