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Letter: A prescription for higher costs for Florida consumers

December 29, 2015 / Tallahassee Democrat

 Prescription drug abuse in Florida and nationwide is a serious problem that deserves real solutions.


The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 422 and House Bill 363, would make employers and others that provide health care benefits cover brand-name opioid drugs – also known as abuse-deterrent formulation (ADF) opioids – even when more affordable generics are available.

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Legislators must step up in push for affordable housing

December 26, 2015 / Orlando Sentinel

The United Way of Florida released a report on ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — last year, which unveiled the true scope of financial hardship in Florida. The report found that while 15 percent of Florida households fall beneath the poverty line, an additional 30 percent of Florida households experience severe financial strain despite being active in the labor force. That means that 45 percent — 3.2 million Florida households — are struggling to support themselves and their families.

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Misconceptions abound in fracking debate

December 18, 2015 / Tallahassee Democrat

Right now in Florida, there’s a debate over the future of onshore oil and gas activities and, more specifically, the use of high-pressure well stimulation techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing. During the course of this debate, there have been several misconceptions surrounding the use of these advanced techniques and their impact on the environment, the health and welfare of residents, and the impact to property values.

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Florida has become the nation’s toughest state for renters, with California and New York trailing closely behind. According to the recently released “Make Room” report by Enterprise Community Partners, Florida has the largest share of renters – 31 percent – who spend more than half of their income on housing.

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Jim Kallinger: Make the smart solar choice

October 25, 2015 / Gainesville Sun

Everyone wants to increase the supply of renewable energy. The question is, how to do it in a way that benefits and protects consumers, regardless of their energy choices. When the so-called “solar choice” amendment was introduced, I was among those who called on its sponsors to modify their proposed amendment in a way that eliminated unfair subsidies. They did not. Instead, they began telling the public and members of the media that their amendment required no subsidy.

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POINT OF VIEW Solar choice shouldn’t mean a new tax

October 22, 2015 / Palm Beach Post

Everyone wants to increase the supply of renewable energy. The question is, how to do it in a way that benefits and protects consumers, regardless of their energy choices. When the so-called “Solar Choice Amendment” was introduced, I was among those who called on its sponsors to modify the proposed amendment in a way that eliminated unfair subsidies. They did not.

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Make the ‘Smart Solar’ choice

October 18, 2015 / Tallahassee Democrat

Everyone wants to increase the supply of renewable energy. The question is, how to do it in a way that benefits and protects consumers, regardless of their energy choices. When the so-called “solar choice” amendment was introduced, I was among those who called on its sponsors to modify their proposed amendment in a way that eliminated unfair subsidies. They did not. Instead, they began telling the public and members of the media that their amendment required no subsidy.

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Solar amendment slammed as creating new tax

October 6, 2015 / SaintPetersBlog

The ad war between the two competing solar amendments flared up Tuesday with the release of a new commercial slamming one of the initiatives for creating a “shady solar tax.”

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According to a new poll released Tuesday morning by the Florida Chamber Political Institute, likely Florida voters’ attitudes on proposed constitutional changes continued to take shape, with support for pro-business group’s “counter-amendment” to environmentalists’ solar energy ballot language gaining steam.

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‘Smart solar’ initiative soaks up contributions

September 12, 2015 / Tallahassee Democrat

In a battle involving two solar-energy ballot initiatives, a political committee backed by major utilities collected $335,000 in August — and had raised $798,000 in less than two months, according to a newly filed finance report.

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