That Union Thing

South Florida is last among the nation's fifteen largest metropolitan areas in wage and benefit increases.

In the year ending June 30, 2014, wages grew only 1.7 percent, slightly below the national average of 1.9 percent. However, total compensation, including benefits as well as wages, grew only one percent.

According to University of Chicago law professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Florida is the third most gerrymandered state among the twenty-two states with eight or more congressional districts, behind only Pennsylvania and Ohio. According to Stephanopoulos' statistical measurements, the gerrymandering gives Republicans two to four additional seats; without gerrymandering, he predicts Florida would have nearly equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats in congress, rather than the seventeen Republicans and ten Democrats it currently has.

According to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute, Florida will lose more federal funding than any other state because of its decision not to expand Medicaid. Over the next ten years, it is projected that Florida will lose out on $66.1 billion in Medicaid funding, including $22.6 billion in reimbursements to hospitals, and that one million residents who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid coverage will remain uninsured.


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