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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.
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.