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12/22/2015 - 1:21pm in Fishkind Commentaries
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates, Congress passed a budget, and Florida released its latest employment numbers last week. That’s kept economic analyst Hank Fishkind busy. 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with him to talk about the affects we’ll feel here in central Florida.
12/15/2015 - 11:40am in Fishkind Commentaries
This time of year is usually good for retail sales. But the November numbers have just come out, and 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that at just a .2% gain, they are weak for the fourth straight month. While that looks worrisome, he says, the retail numbers are much better once gas prices and auto sales are removed from the equation.
12/08/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
There are now about 350,000 people in central Florida living in poverty. The local poverty rate of 16.2 percent is just above the national average, and it has jumped nearly five percent since 2009 – the depths of the Great Recession. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the high poverty rates were unexpected given the area’s booming job growth, and he explores with 90.7’s Nicole Creston the possible factors behind the numbers.
12/01/2015 - 9:20am in Fishkind Commentaries
Gov. Rick Scott has crafted a budget that makes cuts in business taxes and healthcare, but boosts education spending. 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with economic analyst, Hank Fishkind, who has been combing the budget and counting the dollars.
11/24/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
The latest employment data for Florida shows growth in jobs and income. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there were gains in retail sales, hospitality and tourism as the holiday season ramps up. He told 90.7’s Nicole Creston that while job growth overall is strong, it’s slower than last year…and he wonders if Florida’s economy may have reached a plateau.
11/17/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida has more miles of sandy beaches than any other state and most countries in the world. But what’s being done to keep that economic engine from literally eroding away? 90.7 Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind spoke with 90.7’s Abe Aboraya. How important are Florida’s beaches to the economy? “They’re critical. Seventy-five percent of the population lives within 25 miles of the beach. And so it attracts people obviously. Seventy-five percent of our businesses, the preponderance of our real estate value. So all of that development is beach related. How is the state dealing with the erosion of 485 miles of beaches? “The construction control line prevents further construction on the dune system. It’s a line that actually goes around Florida, all 825 miles of coast line, and construction is not allowed to the water side of the line. It prevents further problems. But a lot of construction in Florida happened before that, so you can see in Florida where the construction is set back away from the dunes and where it isn’t.” How much is being spent to repair those beaches? “This year it costs $233 million to restore those programs. That’s just money spent this year. That money comes $52 million from the federal government, $75 million from Florida state government, and $105 million local governments. Obviously as sea levels rise it will be more expensive to maintain our beaches. Right now a lot of the costs come because of storm damage or inlets. So we have both man-made issues and natural issues. Storms and global warming increasing the sea levels.
11/10/2015 - 4:10pm in Fishkind Commentaries
An upbeat US October jobs report is a preview of coming attractions for Florida. That’s according to 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind. He’s examining both the new employment data and Governor Rick Scott’s billion-dollar tax cut proposal, and what they mean for the state.
11/03/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Economic development has been getting a lot of attention from Florida lawmakers lately, with Governor Rick Scott asking the legislature for another $250 million dollars to continue luring companies to the state. Florida also uses tourism development taxes, public/private partnerships, and other programs to boost the state’s economy and create jobs. And 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says they all have their places and are important parts of Florida’s economic puzzle. But he contends one of the most basic – and critical – opportunities for economic growth is being overlooked. He says there’s a lack of support for working mothers.
10/27/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined 23 other states in suing the U-S Environmental Protection Agency over proposed new rules called the “Clean Power Plan.” The plan aims to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gasses by 2030. But Bondi called the EPA’s time frame “unrealistic” and says it would quote “require the use of costly and unproven technologies.” 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind has a different view of the “Clean Power Plan.” He explains what the plan is and offers his predictions about its effects on Florida.