Working & The Economy

Sports betting in FL: Launch date still unclear, as NFL heads into week 6

BY: - October 13, 2021

It depends on what you mean by “fall.” The Seminole Tribe of Florida is marketing its new offering of statewide sports betting as “coming this fall.” Many thought that would mean an Oct. 15 launch, this Friday, citing new legislation authorizing online sports betting to begin no sooner than that date. Then, lawsuits were filed […]

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Will new dashboard focused on financial factors help or hurt students in picking college majors?

BY: - October 12, 2021

Come January, Florida students interested in attending a state university will have a new dashboard to consider if a specific college major is worth pursuing based on median student loan debt, salaries and other financial outcomes. It’s called “My Florida Future,” and the idea is “to assist students and families in making better informed decisions […]

Citrus declines: FL orange and grapefruit production down; specialty citrus up by 2 percent

BY: - October 12, 2021

In a citrus crop forecast released Tuesday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried mentioned a startling number for Florida’s peak citrus production: 244 million boxes in the 1997-98 season. Some 25 years later, the citrus forecast shows much lower numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast reported 47  million boxes of Florida oranges for the 2021-22 season […]

FL Dems unveil sweeping energy plan to tackle climate change, but will GOP support it?

BY: - October 7, 2021

A group of Democratic lawmakers unveiled an energy-efficiency plan this week that would reward farmers for conserving energy, assess energy efficiency in state-funded buildings, and create “floating solar” systems – among other projects. The plan — a bill for consideration in the 2022 legislative session — is sponsored by state Sen. Tina Polsky and state […]

FL pari-mutuels fight to keep Seminole Tribe from defending its monopoly over sports betting

BY: - October 4, 2021

A pair of Florida pari-mutuel facilities wanting to add sports betting to their gambling offerings argued in court records Friday that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has no right to stand in the way. The Tribe, which entered a 30-year gambling compact with the state of Florida last spring, is trying to kill a federal […]

COMMENTARY

Why are highly educated Republicans like Gov. DeSantis so anti-education?

BY: - October 4, 2021

College is for pussies. Ron DeSantis, presidential candidate and part-time governor of Florida, celebrated the decline in the numbers of men entering higher education, citing a Wall Street Journal article that says 60 percent of college students are now women, while in 1970 the number was closer to 40 percent. “I guess there was a […]

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Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—The massive economic policy package Democrats are trying to muscle through Congress could open the door to free community college for undocumented immigrants. But that lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach. The provision on immigrants was included in a plan drafted […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers: President Joe […]

U.S. Senate passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with the U.S. Senate approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. Every Democratic and independent senator and 15 Republicans supported the bill in the 65-35 vote. The GOP senators in the “aye” tally included Bill Cassidy […]

‘Their tank is empty’: Local public health officials combat staff burnout, low pay, harassment

BY: - September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local public health departments that were already struggling with too few workers and too little money have been pushed to the brink — and for some, beyond the brink. “My staff is burnt out, overworked and underpaid,” Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner with the Columbus Public Health […]

FL will see its first phase of the minimum wage boost — $10 an hour — on Thursday, Sept. 30

BY: - September 29, 2021

Workers in Florida earning minimum wage will see a significant bump in pay on Thursday – from $8.65 to $10 an hour – the first phase of a wage hike connected to a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020. Employers will be required under Florida law to pay their employees at least $10 per […]

South FL businessmen, No Casinos sue to strike down gambling expansion

BY: - September 28, 2021

Following two lawsuits fighting for control of sports betting in Florida’s new gambling compact, there’s now a third lawsuit seeking to invalidate the compact altogether. A group of South Florida businessmen and their companies, along with the anti-gambling group No Casinos, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., late Monday, arguing that the […]