What you need to know about Florida today
Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that. But those numbers are based on a flawed report, according to a legislative budget analyst and State Economist Amy Baker. Read more from the AP and Health News Florida.
» Analysts question Scott health reform estimates
» Scott defends Medicaid expansion cost that others call inaccurate
» Scott was warned his Medicaid math was wrong
» PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott ignores flaws in study when he cites Medicaid costs
The lead singer for the hard rock band AC/DC tells us:
» Florida feels like home. When I go back to England, I feel like I’m visiting.
» I have a music room at Sarasota Memorial Hospital called the Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room. It’s for sick children, terminal children. It’s to get them away from the shiny things, the scrubs, the rubber gloves and the needles. There’s guitars, keyboards, drums. Music is good for you.
Brian Johnson [Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images]
As the new year rolled into its first week, Florida strawberries were in great shape with abundant volume, excellent quality and — unlike last year — a solid market. Last year, Florida growers got clobbered by a trifecta of calamity: California had an extended season; Mexico had tremendous volume; and a very warm winter led to volume that crashed the market. [Source: The Produce News]
The holidays are over, your boss is still a jerk and now you’re deciding whether to set him straight about how to treat you in 2013. What you do next could cost you your job, shut you out of your industry for awhile or help you win a case against your employer. [Source: Miami Herald]
University of Florida President Bernie Machen will remain in his position. Gov. Rick Scott and University of Florida Board of Trustees Chairman David Brown asked Machen, the eleventh UF president, to continue to lead the university. More from the Gainesville Sun and WUFT.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Jobs grow, wages dip
Of the 10 largest counties in the country, only Miami-Dade saw wages drop in the latest report
› At job fair, signs of economic rebound
The job fair at Pierce Manufacturing's Bradenton fire truck assembly plant illustrated just how far the local economy has come since the depths of the Great Recession.
› Public employees seeing first raises
It may be too early to declare that happy days are here again, but public employees — school teachers, library and parks employees — are starting to see their first raises since the Great Recession.
› Tri-Rail ridership hits 4 million for 2012
Tri-Rail ridership hit 4 million trips again last year, with a better job market pushing it back over a threshold not seen since 2008
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