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09/16/2015 - 12:27pm in Fishkind Commentaries
Politicians love to point out that jobs are growing in Florida, but what are those employers paying? 90.7’s Catherine Welch caught up with economic analyst Hank Fishkind who has been looking at the numbers trying to square a booming economy with a growing poverty rate.
09/01/2015 - 10:04am in Fishkind Commentaries
With the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans and our recent near-miss with Tropical Storm Erika, hurricanes have been top-of-mind for many people in Florida. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there are significant economic lessons to be learned from tropical storms and hurricanes.
08/11/2015 - 10:54am in Fishkind Commentaries
While watching the GOP presidential hopefuls in their first big debate last week, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind noticed a trend. Several former governors claimed their economic policies were so successful in their respective home states, that their economies outperformed the US as a whole. He singled out former Florida Governor Jeb Bush along with Louisiana’s Bobby Jindahl and Rick Perry of Texas for making similar statements. But Fishkind says this is an exaggerated claim, because there’s a limit to what a governor can do to affect the economic health of a state.
08/04/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Sometimes lessons come from unexpected places – and 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind picked up a few while visiting Los Angeles last week. He says after his eye-opening California experience, he returned to Florida with some thoughts on the water quantity and quality issues we face.
07/28/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
The annual “Kids Count” report was released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and it ranked Florida 37th out of 50 states in overall child well-being. Especially dismal was Florida’s child poverty rate – Florida ranked 45th in the nation in that category. But 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells Nicole Creston he believes Florida’s child poverty rates are lower than the one-in-four average that appears in the study. He says the details are deep in the data.
07/21/2015 - 9:05am in Fishkind Commentaries
New Census data about Florida’s population growth reveals important details about how the state’s demographics are changing. That’s according to 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind. He says the people who moved into Florida and fueled 2014’s population surge are diverse…it’s where they settled within the state that may tell us something about Florida’s economic future.
07/14/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Property appraisers assess the value of home and business properties. That assessment provides the basis for property tax rates. Sometimes, there’s a disagreement between a property appraiser and an owner over a property’s value. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says those disputes can get pretty colorful here in Central Florida due to a high concentration of an uncommon kind of property – the theme park. And recently, disputes have become lawsuits between Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh and a couple of the area’s major theme parks, Sea World and Universal Orlando. Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston how property appraisal works in Central Florida, from homesteads to theme parks. He starts with Sea World. Editor’s Note: Counties send out property appraisals to homeowners in August, not in May as stated in this commentary.
07/07/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says five major economic events are ready to re-shape central Florida…and they’ve all happened in just the last week. It’s mostly good news, says Fishkind, starting with the positive US employment report for June. The only negative on Fishkind’s Top Five list is a ripple effect from the financial instability in Greece, causing a tumble in the stock market and a downtick in interest rates that could strain the purse strings of Florida’s significant retiree population. The remaining three items are last week’s BP settlement, the accelerating deterioration in Puerto Rico’s economy, and President Obama’s proposed expansion of overtime pay. And it’s that last one Fishkind says will affect central Florida the most – the president’s push to raise the threshold at which employers must pay overtime to salaried workers.
06/30/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
The new Florida budget is taking effect after a contentious pair of state legislative sessions that came down to the wire…only one of them planned. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind looks at what’s in store for the 2015 fiscal year.