Town Hall: What would you tell your legislator?

 

To RSVP for Session 2013 on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts go to wlrn.org and click “Town Hall.” What would you ask state legislators to do in the upcoming session? Herald readers gave these responses to the Public Insight Network:

Low morale

I’m a school counselor in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and I’ve seen the morale of our teachers and staff deteriorate due to all of the cuts in programs and salaries.

What will be different with this legislative session?

Emmy Garcia, Hollywood

Expand Medicaid

Most members of my extended family do not have healthcare. My father suffers from glaucoma and although he works full-time, he cannot afford the coverage. He pays more than $100 a week for his medication.

Many people like my father would be covered under the Medicaid expansion if the state would only accept the federal funds. If the state declines this coverage, how would you propose we insure Floridians at or below the federal poverty line?

Julio Diaz, Miami

Private prisons

Why don’t we regulate the location of private prisons so they have to meet criteria? As of right now, the law doesn’t require such siting criteria for federally funded prisons. Shouldn’t the state of Florida protect its citizens and especially children nearby from having such a large prison population within close proximity?

Ryann Greenberg, Pembroke Pines

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