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Cannon embraces Scott’s school money, rejects his hospital cuts

House Speaker Dean Cannon and budget-writers revealed some broad brush strokes Thursday for how the House will craft next year’s state spending plan — embracing Gov.Rick Scott’s call for a $1 billion boost in public school funding, but rejecting his call for deep cuts in Medicaid payments to hospitals. Read More.

BLOG BY JOHN KENNEDY: PALM BEACH POST

Florida’s poor fiscal state: Avoid Medicaid vs. schools

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address reiterated the 2-for-1 deal in his proposed budget: Make $2 billion in Medicaid cuts in order to pump $1 billion in “new” money into public education. Read More.

BY ST. AUGUSTINE.COM

Bad prescription for patients

Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to fix the state’s budget by cutting Medicaid spending will deliver a near knockout blow to Miami-Dade County’s public hospital, the Jackson Health System, as well as others that assist the poorest and neediest. Read More.

BY THE MIAMI HERALD EDITORIAL