A new poll released Wednesday shows President Donald Trump’s latest welfare cut proposal could cost Florida taxpayer dollars, with some economists projecting the cuts will increase poverty.
The latest survey by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times found that more than three-quarters of Floridians surveyed by the group said they would see a loss in their federal welfare payments.
Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they were “very concerned” about losing benefits, compared to 30 percent who were “somewhat concerned” and 15 percent who “not at all concerned.”
Florida is one of five states with a Medicaid expansion that has increased federal benefits, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Florida Center’s findings were based on a sample of 1,200 Florida adults, which includes a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Florida Republican Party’s policy director, David O’Brien, called the poll results “a clear and unequivocal statement that Trump’s new plan is not only unsustainable but destructive to Florida taxpayers.”
“President Trump has put his own personal financial interests ahead of Florida taxpayers,” O’Briensaid in a statement.
“While the new policy proposal will not affect people directly impacted by the cuts, it will harm millions of Florida families and the Florida economy as a whole.”
Florida voters will decide in November whether to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 3.8 million Floridans, up from the current 3.1 million.
The expansion would be in place for 10 years.
The president’s latest plan, unveiled last week, proposes to eliminate $1.9 billion in federal aid to low-income Floridias through 2019.
The plan would cut spending on food stamps, Medicaid, and other programs, and cut programs to which people with disabilities are eligible.
The plan also calls for cutting $800 million from other programs that support people who are working or seeking work.
The Trump administration has not specified how those cuts would be applied.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the plan will cost the federal government about $4 billion over the next decade.
In a recent statement, the Florida Department of Children and Families said it is “unaware of any recent analysis” of the Trump administration’s proposal to cut Medicaid.