1. Republicans are calling out state Democratic Party chair Rod Smith for having voted for the congressional and legislative district maps he now derides as among the most “malapportioned” in the country. (Smith responds.)
  2. The Palm Beach Post takes a critical look at how low Medicaid reimbursement rates can affect patient care.
  3. The Miami Herald looks at how cuts to Jackson Health affect care for the poor.
  4. A $25 million “glitch” caused by a “dismal chain reaction” of laid-off employeees displacing those with lower seniority could threaten the state’s savings in a planned prison privatization scheme.
  5. Prescription drug deaths were up in Florida last year, but painkiller sales are falling this year amid a state crackdown.
  6. Number of the day: $73 million  — Amount of money the state Department of Environmental Protection wants to spend acquiring new lands in the upcoming year through its dwindling Florida Forever conservation program.
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