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08/22/2012 - 2:51pm in Fishkind Commentaries
August 21, 2012 | WMFE - Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is embarking on a trade mission to Colombia this afternoon. She is the latest Florida official to visit the region in the name of stimulating trade with that region. Gov. Rick Scott visited Panama and Brazil last year and is planning his own excursion to Colombia in December.
While we often hear about our state’s trade with Brazil and Mexico, Colombia is among the top five on the list of Florida’s major trading partners.Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says these trips are usually an effective way to build business relationships with officials and business leaders in those countries. 90.7’s Tom Parkinson asked him what kinds of goods Florida is buying and selling in Central and South America.
08/15/2012 - 8:40am in Fishkind Commentaries
Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that choosing Congressman Ryan, whose proposed budget was passed by House conservatives, creates parameters to evaluate Gov. Romney’s economic proposals.
Fishkind tells 90.7's Tom Parkinson that, assuming Romney's plan is similar to Ryan’s Congressional budget, it would likely cut programs that are important to many Floridians and would feature large tax cuts mostly benefitting high income earners.
08/07/2012 - 2:02pm in Fishkind Commentaries
August 7, 2012 | WMFE - The US Census Bureau recently released new figures on the health of the nation's housing market. The Census Bureau numbers show sales of new single family homes declining by nearly 8-and-a-half percent for the month of June.
07/24/2012 - 3:28pm in Fishkind Commentaries
July 24, 2012 | WMFE - Employment figures were released Friday for the month of June and the state's overall jobless rate was unchanged at 8.6 percent even though the US as a whole saw employment gains. Florida's economy has generated nearly 67,000 new jobs in the year since June 2011 but that represents a gain of less than one percent.
07/17/2012 - 1:27pm in Fishkind Commentaries
July 17, 2012 | WMFE -The Orlando Regional Realtor Association has issued a new report showing prices for existing-homes in the Orlando area were higher in June for the fifth consecutive month and 14% above June of last year.
07/10/2012 - 9:01am in Fishkind Commentaries
July 10, 2012 | WMFE - Job growth declined nationwide last month according to the latest numbers from the federal government released on Friday. The pace of job growth slowed over the last three months to an average of about 80 thousand a month compared with more than 225 thousand in each of the first three months of the year.
07/03/2012 - 10:36am in Fishkind Commentaries
July 3, 2012 | WMFE - Late last week, the US Supreme Court upheld the federal government's comprehensive new health care law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Governor Rick Scott says he will continue to fight against the new law and says Florida will not participate in optional portions of the law including the expansion of Medicaid.
06/26/2012 - 10:36am in Fishkind Commentaries
June 26, 2012 | WMFE - The federal government's General Accounting Office recently released new figures showing some dramatic changes in the composition of the nation's workforce. It's getting older. Many Americans are working past the traditional retirement age either out of preference or necessity.
06/20/2012 - 11:04am in Fishkind Commentaries
June 19, 2012 | WMFE - The big economic story this week is the election in Greece and how it affects that county's fiscal crisis. The winning candidate has endorsed a bailout proposal meant to keep the country in the Eurozone and above water financially.
06/13/2012 - 4:30pm in Fishkind Commentaries
June 12, 2012 | WMFE - The FCAT, Florida Standardized evaluation for public school students is getting more scrutiny lately after a round of low reading test scores came out last month. Economist Hank Fishkind says there is a strong economic incentive for the FCAT, and that despite it's ups and downs it makes economic sense for Florida.