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02/07/2017 - 1:51pm in Fishkind Commentaries
It’s been a roller coaster ride recently for tourism, an industry vital to central Florida’s economy.
On the national level, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order restricting some immigration and travel to the US.
01/31/2017 - 5:05pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday released his official budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year. It includes what economic analyst Hank Fishkind calls an “ambitious” $618 million tax cut program. Its centerpiece is a $454 million cut in the taxes that businesses pay to rent space.
01/17/2017 - 2:06pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says two recent developments in financial news offer a preview of money matters for the coming year: details of the new Congressional budget resolution and retail sales data for the US and Florida.
12/28/2016 - 9:07am in Fishkind Commentaries
President-elect Donald Trump has made privatization of public works a centerpiece of his strategy to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure. So far, proposals from his new infrastructure task force include billions of dollars in tax credits for private investors willing to tackle big public infrastructure projects…like roads, bridges, and water and sewer systems.
12/13/2016 - 3:22pm in Fishkind Commentaries
There’s been a lot of news recently about economic incentive payments for businesses. After attention was focused on a Carrier furnace plant’s plans to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico from Indiana, the state offered Carrier $7 million in incentives to keep 800 of them. And here in Florida, there’s a legislative storm brewing over economic incentive payments – Governor Rick Scott has favored them in the past, but incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran has called them “corporate welfare.”
12/07/2016 - 11:46am in Fishkind Commentaries
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says he has noticed a pattern since the election: economic growth is accelerating and interest rates are rising.
12/01/2016 - 3:04pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Preliminary reports say Black Friday sales were stronger than expected, mostly due to a surge in on line shopping. Add up the totals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and retailers say you’ll get higher sales than last year.
11/22/2016 - 1:22pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Newly-released October data for Florida’s labor market shows 5,700 new jobs, a much smaller gain than each of the previous six months. Also, the unemployment rate ticked up a little – by .1 percent.