It's a mostly quiet Friday at the Capitol, with the exception being a House panel's examination of CorcoranCare.
The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to debate HB 7169, which aims to help a segment of Florida's 1.1 million uninsured get health insurance. The plan, advanced by Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, rejects federal assistance and offers state subsidies to certain individuals to get private health insurance. The House says its proposal, which is not favored by Gov. Rick Scott, will help cover 130,000 people by 2023 at a cost to state taxpayers of $2 billion.
Leaders carved out some time for budget negotiations. The House and Senate decided on Thursday how much money will go to different areas in the budget, such as education, criminal justice, transportation and economic development. Now they have to drill down and agree on how to spend it.
Looking for a good time? State economists will meet to determine the fiscal impact of a few bills, including Gov. Rick Scott's push to eliminate sales taxes on manufacturing equipment (HB 391/SB 518) and another about county Medicaid contributions (HB 7156).
There's also the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Earth Day celebration at the Capitol. (Okay, we're done.)
- Katie Sanders (Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau)