But of all the big pots of federal money that Florida has rejected, none quite compares with Scott's moves to block Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid to the working poor. Today, a single parent with two children can't qualify for Medicaid in Florida if she makes more than $3,200 a year—one of the nation's lowest eligibility levels. Obamacare provides funding to raise that ceiling to $25,390 for a family of three. The federal government would pick up 100 percent of the cost of the expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent in later years—sending about $73 billion in new funding to the state in the next decade, with Florida's share of the bill totaling just $9 billion... If Florida rejects the Medicaid expansion, state hospitals stand to lose about $654 million a year in federal payments for care to the uninsured—payments that were reduced in Obamacare on the assumption that hospitals would gain revenue by caring for the newly insured.
... in June, Scott announced that he would be rejecting the Medicaid expansion. "We don't need to expand a big-government program to provide for everyone's needs," he said. "What we need is to shrink the cost of health care and expand opportunities for people to get a job so more people can afford it."
Florida now requires the jobless to take a 45-minute online math and reading test before even applying for benefits
US News columnist Peter Roff dubbed Scott's budget a "tea party dream" and speculated, somewhat prematurely, that it "almost assuredly gets him on the short list for vice president in 2012 or, depending on the outcome of that election, for president in 2016."
The Republican challengers believe AMCD [Anastasia Mosquito Control District] has operated in the red and is living on reserves, a charge the incumbents say is not true.
For example, [Mosquitoteer] Smith claimed there is a “$714 net operating loss in this year’s budget.”
[Non-Mosquitoteer] Browning, a school teacher turned businesswoman, called that an “outlandish accusation” and “dirty politics. He knows that’s not true.”
The budget document Smith relies on does show the district with a $714,000 operating deficit, but Browning said that is only a contingency budget, a “worst-case scenario,” which was never used and is now moot.
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