Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› Failure to expand Medicaid hits Florida's poor hard
The Florida Legislature’s decision to not expand Medicaid eligibility as proposed in the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, hits Florida’s poor doubly hard, but it also hits businesses and insured people with higher costs.
› Size of high-rise in Tampa's arts district under dispute
At 36 stories, would the Residences at the Riverwalk be too massive for Tampa's arts district? "This building is too big … is just not suitable," said trustee Don E. Jones Jr., one of several to say the tower would be out of scale next to the Straz Center, John F. Germany Public Library and Tampa Museum of Art.
› Businesses, nonprofits launch drives for back-to-school supplies in South Florida
A group of South Florida businesses and nonprofits are trying to lighten the load for low-income families by collecting school supplies or money to buy them. The supplies will be distributed through such nonprofit groups as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and Community Back to School Bash in Palm Beach County, among others.
› Orlando's existing-home price breaks $150K for 1st time since 2008
June's median sale price of an existing home was $153,000 in Orlando's core market, which is up 5.4 percent from May and 22.4 percent from June 2012, the association said. In May, the median price rose 3.1 percent from April and 23 percent from 12 months earlier.
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