Posts Tagged ‘Senate President Joe Negron’

Magic Johnson visits Tallahassee to talk up Medicaid managed care

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Magic Johnson visited with Senate Democrats Monday to praise Medicaid managed care programs that are using town hall meetings and church outreach to steer HIV, dental, geriatric, and other health care to poor people in 60 Florida counties.
The programs have served 9,500 people with HIV during the past four years, Johnson said.
Moreover, “our providers and our doctors look like the patients they serve. That’s very important, because they can serve them better, understand their needs,” Johnson said, providing “the best health care they’ve ever received.”
Johnson, who recently rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers as president for basketball operations, later dropped

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Negron’s Lake Okeechobee plan absorbs additional water resources projects

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Senate President Joe Negron‘s plan to build reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee got bigger Wednesday, when a budget subcommittee voted to raise the price tag from $1.2 billion to more than $3 billion and fold in water resources projects around the state.
SB 10, as amended by the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, would also extend preferences for jobs building the reservoirs to agricultural workers displaced by taking the land out of farming.
The panel passed the bill with a single no vote, from ranking Democrat Oscar Braynon II, who worried those replacement jobs would prove only temporary. But

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James Madison Institute says Lake O land buy could cost economy $695 million

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee could cost the Florida economy 4,148 jobs and $695 million a year, according to a new report from conservative think tank James Madison Institute.
The report, titled “$ticker $hock,” estimates the land buy would have a direct negative impact of $345 million and 1,915 jobs lost, with an additional $350 million and 2,233 jobs lost indirectly.
Negron’s plan, found in SB 10, would have the state purchase 60,000 acres of mainly agricultural land to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges by building a reservoir. The plan would cost the state $1.2

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Pam Bondi still a rock star with Florida’s GOP voters, new AIF poll shows

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Florida’s top lawmakers and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are struggling with low name identification among likely Republican voters, but that isn’t the case for Attorney General Pam Bondi according to a new poll from statewide business advocate Associated Industries of Florida.
The AIF poll of likely Republican voters obtained by Florida Politics found that 54 percent approve of the job the second-term Attorney General is doing, while just 12 percent have an unfavorable view and 17 percent said they had no opinion.
Among Florida’s top elected Republicans, Bondi’s ratings only trailed Gov. Rick Scott, who had a net 67 percent approval rating,

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Joe Negron envisions block grants system for Medicaid in Florida

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Senate President Joe Negron wants to start prepairing for a day when Congress turns the Medicaid system into a block grant program administered by the states.
“What I’d like to see the Legislature do … is to start building the framework of what a block grant program would look like now that there is a reasonable chance that that could happen,” the Republican from Stuart told reporters Tuesday during a briefing in his Capitol office.
“I don’t want to wait until the federal government acts and Congress acts and we go into the next session and try to build it. I would like

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