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Showdown Over Local Control as State Aims to Stop Miami Beach From Raising Minimum Wage

| October 31, 2018

Attorney General Pam Bondi claims a state law bars Miami Beach from gradually increasing its minimum wage to $13.31 an hour in 2021. The case also has drawn attention from local governments, which have sided with Miami Beach.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

Getting a Section 8 Voucher Is Hard. Finding a Landlord Willing to Accept It Is Even Harder.

| September 8, 2018

Most of the landlords whom researchers called said they didn’t take vouchers. Some of those who agreed to show their unit to a voucher holder stood the renter up.

Critics Assail Scott Policy Shift That Would Reduce Eligibility Window For Medicaid

| June 21, 2018

The majority of the 39,000 people impacted by the change would be seniors and people with disabilities. But Gov. Scott wants the shift to save nearly $100 million.

For Working Poor’s Sake, Bring Back May Day

| April 30, 2018

Nearly one in five families have zero or negative net worth. That number rises to over a quarter of Latin American households and 30 percent of black households.

The Latest Assault on Food Stamps Holders

| April 24, 2018

The draconian work requirement to receive food stamps could throw 1 million people off the rolls and cause more job losses than job gains.

Does Palm Coast Have a Panhandling Problem? Council Member Thinks So, But Legal Options Are Limited

| February 27, 2018

Palm Coast City Council member Heidi Shipley, citing “regulars” panhandling on Old Kings Road and Palm Coast Parkway, wants an anti-panhandling ordinance.

The Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Homeless Shelter, Holds Fundraiser March 4

| February 13, 2018

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner and dance will raise money for the shelter assisting new, near, or chronically homeless, and the all-volunteer effort needs your help.

With Project Share, Flagler Beach Rotary Brings Christmas to 1,300 of the Region’s Neediest Children

| December 21, 2017

Project Share was born 18 years ago after Roseanne Stocker drove through rural areas of deep poverty and teamed up with her father to provide toys for 30 children. The project has grown every year since.

Trump Administration Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears

| November 16, 2017

advocates who see the changes as a way for states to kick millions of adults off the program and undermine its mission of providing health coverage to the poor.

Flagler Commissioners Approving $400,000 In Grants to Six Critical Social Service Agencies

| October 16, 2017

The grants subsidize free healthcare for the poor, a shelter for abused women, interventions for victims of rape, and help for addicts and individuals with mental health needs, among other services.

Upwards Mobility Bunk: Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor, And Will Stay Poor

| August 6, 2017

What happens when children born into poverty run face first into the crushing reality that the society they live in really isn’t that fair at all? Hard work has nothing to do with it.

Florida Senate Wants 81% Increase in Aid for Poorer College Students, and Boost For 1st-Gen

| April 9, 2017

Florida student assistance grants would grow by $121 million. Senators also want to double the state’s matching grants for “first generation” college and university students to a total of $10.6 million.

Florida Chamber of Commerce and Business Groups File Suit Against Plan to Raise Minimum Wage

| December 15, 2016

The chamber of commerce joined a retail and a restaurant association to fight a groundbreaking living wage plan adopted in Miami Beach, which could serve as a model for other local governments.

Farm Share Distributes Food to 300 Families at Flagler Airport as Post-Storm Needs Persist

| October 17, 2016

By 11 this morning some 20 cars were turned away from the Flagler County Airport as a truckload of Farm Share food began running out, underscoring persistent needs in post-hurricane relief in Flagler.

Chain Restaurants Hurt the Economy, Pollute, And Pay Poverty Wages. Eat Local Instead.

| July 5, 2016

It’s time for big chains to strengthen local economies by keeping food purchases local and ending worker exploitation. But they don’t. Meanwhile, writes Anna Meyer, look for locally owned restaurants that source local and support raising the minimum wage for all workers.

Access Flagler First, County’s Outreach for the Poor, Celebrates 5 Years

| June 6, 2016

Commission Chair Barbara Revels, along with commissioners Frank Meeker and Charlie Ericksen attended the celebration on behalf of the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners.

Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Food Stamps In Florida as Work Requirements Kick In

| May 17, 2016

In Florida if you can’t show that you’re working or meet the work requirements some other way, you get penalized and lose your food stamps for the following month. If you fail to meet the requirements again, it’s a three-month sanction and then six months.

Right to an Attorney Often a Myth as Public Defenders Are Overworked and the Poor Bullied to Plea

| April 24, 2016

There is a lack of funding for public defense in every state, and people charged with low-level misdemeanors, often poor minorities, suffer the most as public defender offices focus their few resources on felony cases.

300,000 Floridians Could Lose Food Stamps as State Restores Work Obligations and Time Limits

| April 6, 2016

The requirement was suspended in the aftermath of the recession, but starting Jan. 1, all able-bodied, childless adults 18 to 49 were required to work, get job training or volunteer 20 hours a week to receive food stamps . Otherwise, they’re limited to three months of food assistance in each 36-month period.

As Scott Signs Bill Stifling Abortion Clinics, Planned Parenthood Sees Danger and Cruelty

| March 28, 2016

The restriction means low-income Floridians could lose access to the organization’s health-care and family-planning services. Planned Parenthood said it has more than 67,000 patients in Florida annually.

The Future Is Here: Florida Wants Welfare For the Rich While Punishing the Poor

| January 29, 2016

Four years ago Chris Timmons, now a columnist and fellow at a Florida think tank, lost his job and needed food stamps. “It did not make me feel like a moocher,” he writes. Yet Florida makes welfare recipients feel just that.

2.8 Million Floridians Still Uninsured Even as Just 20% Fall in Medicaid Gap

| October 14, 2015

It’s 1.1 million fewer than in 2013, but almost a third of the uninsured are eligible for Obamacare but haven’t enrolled, 15% have chosen not to enroll in employee-provided health care, and the rest are uninsured for a variety of other reasons.

8.8 Million More People Got Health Insurance Last Year, Largely Due to Obamacare

| September 19, 2015

The increase, due to the Affordable Care Act, is unprecedented since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago. Expanding Medicaid–as Florida did not–would have added to the ranks of the insured even more.

Why You’re Getting Poorer: iPhones Aren’t The Economic Engine Cars and Electricity Were

| August 31, 2015

Robert Gordon argues rising standards of living brought by cars, indoor plumbing and electricity can;t be replaced by iPhones and the internet. Martin Feldstein disagrees.

Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

| August 24, 2015

The world’s poorest countries are not characterized by naive trust in capitalism, but by utter distrust, which leads to heavy government intervention and regulation of business. Under such conditions, capitalism does not thrive and economies remain poor.

Administrator Patrick Johnson Calls It Quits as Flagler Health Department Endures Big Changes

| June 1, 2015

Flagler County Health Department Administrator Patrick Johnson is resigning at the end of the month to take a public health post in North Carolina as county departments in Florida see their roles shift and diminish.

House and Senate Far Apart on Budget as Health Care For Poor Becomes Bargaining Chip

| April 25, 2015

The Florida House had made a significant concession to the Senate on hospital funding — but said it would only follow through if the upper chamber dropped insistence on using Medicaid expansion dollars to help lower-income Floridians purchase private insurance.

Rev. Beth Gardner, Leading Voice For Flagler’s Homeless, Is Leaving Bunnell’s Methodist Church After 15 Years

| April 19, 2015

Rev. Gardner, who will lead a parish in Lakeland starting in July, transformed the church into the county’s most progressive advocate for the homeless, housing a cold-weather shelter and keeping awareness about homelessness on the forefront of county and city agendas.

Guilty of Being Poor: Across the Nation, Courts Shake Down the Destitute

| April 2, 2015

From fines targeting the poor to civil asset forfeiture, courts have mounted odious means of seizing cash and property from people not charged with any crime and who can’t afford legal defense.

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