Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Center of Budget and Soda Tax Debates A battle has been brewing in Illinois over the Cook County sweetened beverage tax, commonly known as the soda tax. The delay of the planned tax has led to Cook County layoffs as the local government struggles to balance its budget.
AnMed Health announced on Wednesday that as many as 94 full-time and part-time workers were laid off, with another 65 vacant positions being eliminated. The AnMed layoffs represent what experts believe will be a growing trend as political uncertainty regarding healthcare policy in the U.S. will likely lead to more healthcare layoffs.
Trump Tweets Repeal Plans as ACA Enrollments 2018 Open President Donald Trump is once again going after the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” to repeal part of it, if not all. The President urged Republicans in a tweet on Thursday morning to consider repealing the “individual mandate” in the Affordable Care Act. The tweet comes (more…)
Connecticut Budget Passed But Small Towns Left Reeling The Connecticut budget has finally been passed but many of the state’s small towns are not so happy. The risk of budget cuts is still looming large as state capital Hartford and other big cities stand ahead of these small towns to claim bigger shares in the state budget. (more…)
Republican Budget to Increase U.S. Budget Deficit Senate Republicans may have finally found a consensus on something. After failing to unite on the Obamacare repeal bill, they have finally reached an agreement on the fiscal budget. Republicans have agreed that the Republican budget will add to the U.S. budget deficit to help pay for President Trump’s tax plan. The (more…)
On the campaign trail, Trump promised to lower premiums. That isn’t happening. The number of Americans lacking healthcare is on the rise again. The U.S. uninsured rate inched up to 12.3% in the third quarter, the first rise in the uninsured rate since the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) took effect in 2014. Rising premiums and (more…)
Dannel P. Malloy Proposes Budget Cuts to End the State’s Budget Impasse Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy has put forth his fourth budget proposal, once again hoping that the state’s longstanding budget impasse will end. The proposal includes about $150.0 million in state budget cuts in the next two years. The Democratic governor hopes that (more…)
Trump’s Tweets Say That FEMA May Leave the Disaster-Struck U.S. Territory Earlier Than Anticipated A series of tweets from President Donald Trump imply that the federal government may withdraw the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Puerto Rico earlier than anticipated, despite the U.S. territory still largely in a state of disarray.
Cook County Once Again Short on $200 Million Illinois’ Cook County is once again facing a budget shortfall following the repeal of the controversial soda tax proposal. America’s second most populous county has been facing a cash crunch as it runs short on revenue.
Florida Hospitals Stand to Lose $1.0 Billion in State Funding The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) of the State of Florida is planning to cut funding to hospitals within the state.