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Joshua Gillin, PolitiFact Florida/Times Staff Writer

Joshua Gillin

Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact Florida and the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and still writes their bi-weekly video game column, Geek Speak. A Nebraska native, he has a degree in journalism from his home state university and is a diehard Cornhusker. Besides a stint writing about media news for The Poynter Institute, he has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He lives in St. Petersburg.

Phone: (727) 893-8337

Email: jgillin@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JPGillin

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  1. PolitiFact Florida: Statement on Bush, tuition goes beyond numbers

    News

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush likes to advertise education reforms during his two terms in office, but the Florida Democratic Party wants to remind voters those changes came at a price.

    In a news release, Democrats cited what they said were Bush's dubious gubernatorial achievements, including that he "oversaw (an) average in-state tuition increase of 48.2 percent during his tenure."

    Did public university tuition go up by almost 50 percent in eight years during Bush's two terms? That number is more or less correct, but there's more to the Bush-era education overhaul than that....

    Truth-O-Meter for PolitiFact with a Mostly True ruling.
  2. PolitiFact Florida: Political group Ultraviolet makes five points about Jeb Bush's past

    Blog

    A Facebook meme from a political group made so many simultaneous assertions about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, we couldn’t put them all on the Truth-O-Meter.

    That doesn’t mean we can’t still examine the quintet of claims, however.

    Ultraviolet, which describes itself as a community "mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights," posted an image labeled "5 things you should know about Jeb Bush" to its Facebook page on June 15, 2015. A few days later, the group added a link to information backing up its claims. PolitiFact Florida wanted to review this information for ourselves....

  3. PolitiFact Florida: IMG Academy projects big economic numbers from expansion, but doesn’t say how

    Blog

    A $2 million earmark for a private, for-profit sports academy in this year’s state budget may help the school expand its economic impact, but breaking down the specific benefits of the complex has proven to be a bit opaque.

    After lawmakers slipped the seven-figure sum for IMG Academy near Bradenton into the budget without public discussion, officials defended the move by pointing to how the school is helping Manatee County and the state....

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush says he cut Florida taxes by $19 billion, but did he really?

    Blog

    Jeb Bush keeps promoting his record during the runup to announcing his presidential campaign, telling a crowd at a Republican event he cut taxes as Florida’s governor.

    "In Florida, for eight years we cut taxes every year, totaling $19 billion, creating a much better business climate," Bush told the crowd at Gov. Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Orlando on June 2, 2015.

    Florida’s budget went from $48.6 billion to $73.9 billion during Bush’s tenure, thanks in part to an influx of some 3.5 million people. The state also pocketed $10 billion in cash reserves and won a top bond rating....

  5. PolitiFact Florida checks whether Jeb Bush cuts 13,000 state jobs as governor

    Blog

    Before announcing that he was going to announce his presidential candidacy, former Gov. Jeb Bush told a crowd at an Orlando event that he was dedicated to conservative principles like reducing the size of government.  

    "We reduced the government workforce by 13,000, 11 percent, during my eight years," he said on June 2, 2015, at Gov. Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit at Walt Disney World. He also touted high job-creation numbers during his term....

  6. PolitiFact: Jeb Bush says Florida was the only state to get AAA bond rating during his tenure

    Politics

    Not-quite-yet Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continues to sell potential voters on his eight years as Florida's governor.

    "Florida was the only state during my eight years to go from AA to AAA (in its bond rating)," Bush told business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20. He added that the change followed years of increasing the state's cash reserves from $1 billion to $10 billion....

  7. PolitiFact Florida: Checking Jeb Bush on ISIS and bond ratings, plus a special session preview

    Blog

    Not-quite-yet Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continues to sell potential voters on his eight years as Florida’s governor.

    "Florida was the only state during my eight years to go from AA to AAA (in its bond rating)," Bush told business leaders in Portsmouth, N.H., on May 20, 2015. He added the change followed years of increasing the state’s cash reserves from $1 billion to $10 billion....

  8. PolitiFact Florida's mailbag features a 'Jebio' edition, plus a look at 'Veto Corleone'

    Blog

    PolitiFact Florida readers had plenty to say about a host of fact-checks and stories about the state's two presidential contenders.

    The most recent mailbag is focused on what we've written about both Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. We heard about Rubio's 1999 metaphor, his take on Iranian weapons programs and more.

    Readers also focused on Bush's claims about how many poor people there are, median income in the economic recovery and more....

  9. PolitiFact Florida: Abortion rights group gets it wrong on Bush and family planning

    State Roundup

    A Democratic political action committee ripped Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, saying his positions as Florida's governor preview what he'd be like as commander in chief — particularly when it comes to women's issues.

    Stephanie Schriock, president of the group Emily's List, said in an essay on Medium that Bush spent his two terms curbing women's reproductive and health rights. (Emily's List helps female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.) Schriock ticked off several actions that ran counter to the group's stance, including Bush's support of abstinence-only sex education....

  10. PolitiFact Florida focuses on Jeb Bush three times over the past week

    Blog

    PolitiFact Florida has been checking all sorts of statements by and about former Gov. Jeb Bush in the last week, ranging from state spending to the history of the Iraq War to the VA care scandal.

    At a town hall meeting in Reno, Nev., Bush said, "We had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops" in Iraq. We rated that Mostly False. Read that item here....

  11. PolitiFact Florida: Medicaid expansion would help many of the same people that LIP helps

    News

    Washington may favor expanding Medicaid, Gov. Rick Scott argues, but it won't help the people being served by the soon-to-expire Low Income Pool, called LIP.

    Speaking to reporters, Scott said he doesn't share the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' position that growing Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a better solution than renewing the current LIP fund. The LIP program, which mostly helps cover hospital costs for uninsured and underinsured patient visits, is set to expire June 30....

    Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t believe that growing Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a better plan than renewing the LIP fund.
  12. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida takes billions more from Washington than it gives?

    Business

    The statement

    "Florida sends $135 billion and D.C. returns $150 billion."

    Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, May 4 on Twitter

    The ruling

    Florida House members left the legislative session early over health care funding, but they've kept on railing against Medicaid expansion.

    Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, argued against taking federal money to expand Medi­caid, the joint state-federal health insurance program for the very poor, saying it wasn't Florida's money to take....

  13. PolitiFact Florida annotates Rick Scott's comments about LIP and Medicaid expansion

    Blog

    Gov. Rick Scott told a press gaggle in Washington on May 6 that a meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell yielded no answers on the future of the Low Income Pool.

    Scott said that HHS was delaying word on their own program in spite of his best efforts. The agency's inaction was neither expected nor warranted, and was holding up Florida's budget.

    PolitiFact Florida decided to take a closer look at his comments and put them into perspective. PolitiFact annotated a transcript of Scott's comments to help readers learn a little more about the LIP, Medicaid expansion and where the budget stands now....

  14. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott misses mark on hospital profitability

    State Roundup

    Before the Florida Legislature fought to a budget standstill over a hole in health care funding, Gov. Rick Scott said lawmakers should stop worrying about giving state money to profitable hospitals.

    His warning came as legislators faced losing the Low Income Pool, or LIP, a joint state-federal program that helps some hospitals and clinics pay for treating uninsured and underinsured patients. Washington last year announced the fund was going to expire in 2015, taking at least $1.3 billion in matching federal funds out of the state budget....

  15. PolitiFact Florida dissects Rick Scott's argument about sending tax money to profitable hospitals

    Blog

    Before the Florida Legislature fought to a budget standstill over a hole in health care funding, Gov. Rick Scott said lawmakers should stop worrying about giving state money to profitable hospitals.

    His warning came as legislators faced losing the Low Income Pool, or LIP, a joint state-federal program that helps some hospitals and clinics pay for treating uninsured and underinsured patients. Washington last year announced the fund was going to expire in 2015, taking at least $1.3 billion in matching federal funds out of the state budget....