…In an interview, Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo said the term “health equity” has taken on a political meaning that is unhelpful in addressing important health issues related to race or ethnicity.
“It’s an imprecise term,” said Ladapo, who leads the Department of Health. “It’s a term that really has grown to have more of a political meaning than a meaning related to health. But it’s the State Health Improvement Plan. So we will focus on health.”
…The DeSantis administration’s State Health Improvement Plan includes objectives to correct a few specific disparities. By 2026, the state aims to “reduce the percentage of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses among Black women from 43% (2018) to 30%.” There’s a similar goal for reducing prostate cancer diagnoses among Black men, and for cutting the Black pregnancy and infant mortality rates.
In 2021, lawmakers unanimously passed — and DeSantis signed — a bill creating the Office of Minority Health. That bill mandated that each Florida county have a minority health liaison. Each Florida county department of health also has a Health Equity Plan.
In good news, Florida’s Voice News ran a story late last week headlined, “Senate Passes Bill Ending Automatic Teachers Union Deductions.”
Under the bill, which narrowly passed the Senate 23-17, requires unions to:
In 2021, I circulated a proposed bill that would have done many of these same things plus allowed for competing teachers’ unions to be formed in each district. This bill is almost as good, better in some ways, and both my earlier bill as well as this one directly respond to the havoc and destruction wreaked by teachers’ unions during the pandemic.
- have annual audits
- stop automatically deducting union dues
- disclose to members the top-five highest-paid union employees and salaries
- revoke membership immediately upon request
- respect “right to work”, making it illegal to require union membership for employment
- be re-certified anytime membership drops below 60% of eligible employees
Some pro-union Republicans who opposed the bill say it is ‘really’ intended to bust up the unions altogether. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota (a CPA), said annual audits would be unaffordable for smaller unions and “tells me that the only intent of the bill is to kill off the unions here in Florida, and I cannot vote yes.”
That sounds like a reason to vote FOR the bill, not against it. Two years ago I told everyone who’d listen that, sooner or later, the day would come when the bill for covid overreach would come due. Time to pay up.
A companion bill in the House has passed one committee and is working its way through the system. I’ll keep you posted.
☕️ CRACKED ☙ Monday, April 3, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠Musk repossesses Times' prized blue check; OPEC responds to Biden broken promise; Fla Senate busting teachers' unions; McDonald's layoffs; Cracker Barrel flees Portland; and lots more.www.coffeeandcovid.com
Even if fleeting, Judge Walker’s decision represents one of the most aggressive legal broadsides against Republicans in the heated voting rights battles that have followed President Donald J. Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election. The ruling also comes as Democrats and their allies pursue an uphill legal strategy, relying on federal voting protections diminished by the Supreme Court.
In his decision, Judge Walker castigated previous Supreme Court rulings on voting issues and essentially dared the justices to overturn his decision.
“Without explaining itself, the court has allowed its wholly judge-made prudential rule to trump some of our most precious constitutional rights,” the judge wrote.
US District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling, the appeals court said Thursday, was legally and factually flawed. The 11th Circuit also reversed a holding by Walker that would have required Florida to seek federal approval for any future election rule changes that are similar to the provisions he had struck down.
The 11th Circuit, however, did agree with the lower court that one of the challenged provisions of the 2021 law – which banned the “solicitation” of voters within 150 feet of a polling place – was unconstitutionally vague.
Writing for the 11th Circuit panel majority, Circuit Judge William Pryor took issue with the trial judge’s conclusions that, by passing new election rules that targeted voters who tend to vote Democratic, the Florida Legislature was also targeting voters – and specifically voters of color – by race.
“To be sure, as the organizations point out, ‘[intentionally] targeting a particular race’s access to the franchise because its members vote for a particular party’ is impermissible,” Pryor wrote, referring to the voting rights groups that had challenged the provisions in court. “But we must be careful not to infer that racial targeting is, in fact, occurring based solely on evidence of partisanship. Evidence of race-based discrimination is necessary to establish a constitutional violation.”
Easy. It follows the Democratic socialist agenda of taking from those that have. Democrats should have no issue with this at all.They demanded to know, how does funding attached to the student make any sense?
Easy. It follows the Democratic socialist agenda of taking from those that have. Democrats should have no issue with this at all.
Because they are pedophiles?We have seen the videos, read the stories, Why do half naked men want to dicks around in front of CHILDREN