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Governor Scott Urged to Veto H.B. 5301 in Video-Letter

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2012

TAVARES – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recently released a 60-second video-letter, urging Florida Governor Rick Scott to veto Florida House Bill (H.B.) 5301.

This comes on the heels of an unprecedented Medicaid cost-shift that would see local taxpayers pick up the bill for millions in state accounting errors. Numerous counties, including Lake County, and government advocates have scoffed at H.B. 5301. In Lake County, the estimated total could be up to $3.8 million that would be required to pay for bills dating back to 2001.

“It’s just plain wrong to ask local taxpayers to pay for Tallahassee’s accounting errors,” said Chris Holley, executive director of the Florida Association of Counties. “The Governor has set the standard for efficient government; and the best way to promote efficiency and accountability to Florida’s taxpayers is to swiftly veto this backdoor tax hike.”

The video can be viewed by clicking here. FAC’s video-letter was accompanied by a detailed written letter outlining what many see as a myriad of  redundancies, inefficiencies and systemic problems with H.B. 5301. The letter cites specific examples of local taxpayers being sent Medicaid bills for non-Florida residents and even residents of other counties, as well as taxpayers being billed as many as 15 times for the same hospital visit.

Drafted in the spirit of the Governor’s long-standing commitment to efficient government, the letter notes that counties, like the state, have a “fiduciary responsibility to our taxpayers to ensure that the bills they pay are accurate.”

For more information about the video-letter or H.B. 5301, call the Florida Association of Counties at 850-922-4300.


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