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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.
10/20/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
All this week, we’re looking at the state of prenatal care in Florida. In some counties, women lacking private health insurance have little or no access to a doctor. And that got our economic analyst Hank Fishkind thinking. He sat down with 90.7’s Catherine Welch to talk about the correlation between Florida’s infant mortality rate and the state’s healthcare system. On how the U.S. ranks on infant mortality: “We have some of the highest rates of infant mortality among developed countries. … So there’s an issue.” On the economic factors affecting infant mortality: “Florida has an economy dominated by tourism, retirement and agriculture. And as a result, it gives rise to very large volumes of job creation, which we like, but at very low wage rates. So the result is we have a very large pool of people who can’t afford health care.” On what infant mortality tells us about Florida’s health care system: “It tells us our delivery system is really breaking down because the indicator of infant mortality is very high. … We have two counties in Florida that have infant mortality rates above 15 (deaths per 1,000 births). Now, to put that in perspective, that’s higher infant mortality rates than in El Salvador, Mexico, Turkey or Jamaica. So there’s obviously a break down in the health care delivery systems that would give rise to these very elevated rates on infant mortality in parts of our state.”
10/13/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says recent data reveal some surprising things about the financial benefits of recycling. According to Fishkind, the upshot is that from an economic perspective, we just may be doing too much recycling in most states across the country…including Florida.
10/06/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
September’s job numbers were surprisingly weak across the US, according to new employment data. Add to that a less-than-stellar August jobs report, and you may start to wonder about the health of the economy. But economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there’s probably no cause for alarm, because the unemployment data doesn’t tell the same story as the employment data. 90.7’s Nicole Creston asked him to explain the difference
09/29/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s housing markets have rebounded from their lowest points during the recession with higher sales and rising prices, but prices still remain far below their peaks in most areas. That’s according to new data from the Florida Board of Realtors. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says this is as good as the home recovery is likely to get…and that’s not so bad.
09/22/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s most recent jobs report looks good overall, says economic analyst Hank Fishkind….but dig into the details, and you’ll find the state’s employment picture is a bit more complex than it first appears. Fishkind takes us deeper into the report and finds some telling trends. He starts with an overview of the newest data.