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06/23/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Growth and development are booming in Central Florida, and predicting how the area will grow is no easy task. Last week, we heard from 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind about transportation and its role in shaping Central Florida, and how major development often follows new major roadways. But new homes, business hubs, and attractions don’t just spring up overnight. Builders have to get permission first, and Fishkind says that’s another major factor in the growth and development in Central Florida – land use approval. He says getting a thumbs up requires a good plan.
06/16/2015 - 9:39am in Fishkind Commentaries
Growth and development are booming in Central Florida, and predicting how the area will grow is part of the job description for economic analysts like Hank Fishkind. So how does he figure it out? Fishkind says there’s no crystal ball to point out Central Florida’s next hot spots for growth and development, but there are a few major factors to watch. First, follow the plans for new roads. Fishkind says the key is transportation.
06/09/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Governor Rick Scott held an economic summit event last week in Orlando. Most of the speakers were current and former Republican governors who are either declared presidential candidates or possible ones, like Florida’s Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry of Texas. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says although the event appeared political in nature, some of the speakers shared broader economic ideas that got his attention.
06/02/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Florida’s job market is growing fast, and Central Florida is leading the charge…well, most of Central Florida, according to 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind. While Orlando has gained more jobs in the past year than any other metro area in the state, some smaller metros just outside Orlando aren’t faring quite as well. Daytona Beach is one of the struggling areas. It’s growing, but slowly. Fishkind says there’s something of an identity crisis behind the numbers.
05/26/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
The federal government is extending the indigent health care program at the center of Florida’s budget standoff…but that extension is little more than a Band-Aid. That’s according to 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind. He says the $1 billion for the Low Income Pool program, or LIP, may bridge the budget divide between the state House and Senate, but the program’s getting less federal money than last year. Also, the cash comes with conditions. As Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston, one reason for the decrease is that the LIP program has been extended before.
05/19/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Economists have been predicting big gains and increasing growth in 2015, but now, they’re not so sure. That’s according to 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind, who says new consumer confidence and retail sales numbers are tempering his enthusiasm. At first, economists blamed the year’s tepid start on temporary factors like bad winter weather. As Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston, the winter may be over, but the economic chill is not.
05/12/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
Tourism in Orlando is booming. Last year, the number of visitors broke records. Now, International Drive is seeing a renaissance with the opening of the Orlando Eye observation wheel and other new attractions. Universal Orlando is still basking in the magical cash flow from its Harry Potter-themed additions. And 2015 is expected to another record-breaking year for tourism. Travel association AAA is kicking off the summer tourism season with a Memorial Day survey that ranks Orlando as the #1 destination for visitors planning to drive a vacation spot. Drive, not fly – an important distinction, according to 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind. He says the survey highlights a few ways Orlando could better serve its booming tourism industry…like providing what he calls a world-class airport. Fishkind starts with a look at why Orlando tops the AAA survey.
05/05/2015 - 1:28pm in Fishkind Commentaries
90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind says Tallahassee lawmakers are proving his point that political gridlock over abstract ideas can cause real economic harm. He expressed that opinion during our conversation last week…and since then, the Florida House adjourned before the legislative session’s end and Governor Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Both of these moves stem from disagreements over how to handle health care in the state, and Fishkind says both of them could cause economic harm.
04/28/2015 - 12:00am in Fishkind Commentaries
There’s a stalemate over healthcare in Florida’s legislature. That means the House and Senate will likely fail to pass a new state budget by Friday, the scheduled end of the legislative session. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the uncertainty created by that kind of impasse can cause a negative ripple effect throughout the economy that isn’t limited to the healthcare sector. Fishkind spoke to 90.7’s Nicole Creston from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport where he’s traveling for business.
04/21/2015 - 9:12am in Fishkind Commentaries
Universal Orlando recently announced a wage hike for starting hourly employees. Base pay will step up from $9 to $9.50 on June 1st of this year, then to $10 in June 2016. Universal’s announcement follows in Walt Disney World’s footsteps. The Orlando theme park giant is also set to raise starting pay for most positions to $10 by next year. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the raises are a positive move in a state where the minimum wage is $8.05 an hour, which is higher than the federal minimum of $7.25, but still not keeping up with the cost of living.