Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 24 @ 12:00 PM
Florida Legislative Special Session The recent Florida legislative session came to a rocky end a few weeks ago, under what the Florida Supreme Court ruled was a violation of the state constitution. According to their ruling, the House broke the law when they ended the session three days early, due to an impasse with the Senate over healthcare funding. On Thursday, the federal government indicated the state should expect major reductions in the coming years to help pay for uncompensated care (LIP) and needs to reform its hospital payment system, saying the state may need to justify almost $1 billion in government funding. Now that a special session is set to begin on June 1st, how will this and other issues finally be resolved in order to balance the state budget?
Guests: State Rep. Manny Diaz, Jr., (R) Dist. 103 State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, (R) Dist. 119
Broward News in Review Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo discusses the latest news making headlines in Broward County including:
- Seminole Tribe of Florida is considering taking the state to federal court if they cannot renegotiate to extend their revenue-sharing agreement and keep their table games running at their casinos - Former Tamarac Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco is being retried on corruption charges - A reformed ex-con is facing 6 years in prison for violating his parole for smoking marijuana – does the punishment fit?
LaunchCode & MDC Offer Harvard Tech Course Tech aficionados from around the world descended upon Miami Beach this week for the second annual eMerge Americas conference. In between networking, discovering new innovations and sharing cutting-edge ideas, a topic that came up frequently was the need for education to prepare for this rapidly growing future in technology. A new program at Miami Dade College, in partnership with Harvard and LaunchCode, aims to do just that, while bridging the tech talent gap in South Florida.
Guest: Jim McKelvey, Co-Founder of LaunchCode & Square
Florida Legislature Impasse – What’s The Solution? The Florida House and Senate are at odds over whether to expand Medicaid -- which has overshadowed other issues --and led to an early end to the session for the house last week. With LIP funding scheduled to expire June 30th, the senate argues that coverage expansion is vital. Both the house and Governor Rick Scott oppose the senate plan to expand Medicaid - what is the solution?
Guests: State Sen. Rene Garcia, (R) Dist. 38 State Rep. Jose Oliva, (R) Dist. 110
Friday, April 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 26 @ 12:00 PM
Prison Reform: Whistleblowers Investigated Since reports by The Miami Herald and other news outlets on suspicious deaths and abuse of inmates, Florida’s prison system has been under incredible scrutiny. Now, the whistleblowers who raised the alarm about the "atrocities" within the Department of Corrections are themselves, being investigated.
Guest: Julie Brown, The Miami Herald
Florida Legislature Stalemate: Medicaid, LIP to Blame With just days left before the legislative session is scheduled to end, both the Florida House and Senate remain at an impasse over how to deal with a potential $1.3 billion deficit in the state's healthcare budget. The culprit: The federal government is ending the "low income pool" -- or LIP -- which helps hospitals cover the costs of treating the uninsured and Medicaid patients. What’s the most productive way to get over the stalemate?
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Edward J. Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Friday, April 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, April 19 @ 12:00 PM
Jackson Health CEO on Expansion, Federal Funding Earlier this year, Jackson Health System announced plans to expand with a new outpatient campus in Doral, which will be known as “Jackson West”. Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya discusses the need for this growth and the impact of Medicaid expansion on safety-net hospitals.
Guest: Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System
Rubio vs. Jeb – Out With Old, In With the New? Leaning heavily on his personal story as a son of Cuban immigrants, Senator Rubio announced he is running for president in 2016, speaking about faith, family and the “American Dream”. He also drew contrast with his mentor and one of his expected opponents in the primary -- former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. How will their strong political roots in Florida impact the road to the White House?
Guests: Freddy Balsera, Balsera Communications Luis Gazitua, Esq., Gazitua Letelier, P.A. Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm Brian May, Floridian Partners