February 20, 2017

Florida Policy Institute eyes "long-term" impact on state's residents [Orlando Sentinel]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

Naseem Miller writes:

“The independent, nonpartisan nonprofit aims to ‘bring a voice that has not been heard enough in the state of Florida,’ said Joseph Pennisi, executive director of the institute, which is in Lake Mary. ‘It takes will and wisdom to look at long-term investments and long-term payoffs in the state’s economy.’

While TaxWatch dubs itself the government watchdog and the James Madison Institute calls itself the state’s free-market think tank founded on principles of limited government and economic freedom, the Florida Policy Institute says it thinks in terms of ‘common sense’ policy, which could give Floridians widespread prosperity.

‘We all agree with the final result we want for Florida,’ Pennisi said of the state’s other think tanks, ‘but we disagree with the best means to get there.’”

Miller also makes note of FPI’s latest report on House Memorial 7033 (legislation that urges Congress to establish Medicaid block grants).


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