Lynn Hatter

Lynn Hatter is a  Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.  When she’s not working, Lynn spends her time watching sci-fi and action movies, writing her own books, going on long walks through the woods, traveling and exploring antique stores. Follow Lynn Hatter on Twitter: @HatterLynn.

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Florida’s ranks among the best states when it comes to good budget management, according to a study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Researchers released the report Tuesday, but concerns about state pensions and state debt are clouding Florida’s long-term outlook.

Florida lawmakers are boosting education spending—though not by as much as they’d hoped. And they’re putting more into healthcare—a move they hadn’t planned for. Education and healthcare spending compose the largest parts of the state budget—and  trying to balance the two issues has been a struggle.

Nearly 75 percent of Florida voters backed the state’s new environmental conservation constitutional amendment. Amendment One backers call that overwhelming approval a mandate to the legislature to follow through on funding. But the $750 million generated for Amendment one, doesn’t look like the windfall environmentalists had hoped for.

A federal judge has rejected Governor Rick Scott’s request for mediation in a fight over a program reimbursing hospitals for treating the uninsured. The Scott administration is suing the federal government.

The Florida House has started laying out its case to opposition for the Senate’s Medicaid expansion plan.

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