Working & The Economy

Citrus greening, killing groves in Central and South Florida, found in North Florida

BY: - December 8, 2021

Citrus greening, a disease ravaging citrus groves in central and south Florida, has been detected for the first time in north Florida, according to agriculture researchers. A tree confirmed to be infected with the disease was discovered in late November in a Leon County homeowner’s backyard, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food […]

FL is far behind other states when it comes to starting pay for correctional officers

BY: - December 8, 2021

Some correctional officers in the state’s prison system will get a boost in pay beginning next year, plus other incentives to attract new applicants. But Florida has more to do to pump up salaries for new and veteran correctional officers, nationwide data show. Gov. Ron DeSantis touted the measures in mid-November — part of an […]

FL House Dems push to address affordable housing, foreclosures in 2022-23 budget

BY: - December 7, 2021

Florida’s state budget for 2022-23 should address an ongoing housing crisis including high costs for rent and mortgage as well as an uptick in foreclosure filings, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith told his Democratic members of the Florida House on Tuesday. Specifically, in Central Florida, properties with foreclosures have increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Smith, a […]

Court denies stay; Seminole Tribe suspends sports betting in FL

BY: - December 4, 2021

The Seminole Tribe of Florida suspended its new sports-betting operation Saturday following a federal appellate court decision late Friday that did not go the tribe’s way. The tribe had asked for a stay of a federal circuit court ruling that struck down the tribe’s gambling compact with the state of Florida as a violation of […]

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 3, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday encouraged President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing last week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called for fiscal updates to […]

At-home COVID tests to be covered by insurance — but details still to come

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials on Thursday welcomed the Biden administration’s plan to require private health insurers to reimburse Americans for the cost of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests—though the officials also raised questions about whether the process will be burdensome. Making those tests more accessible will allow Americans to get results quickly and in the privacy […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes. And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

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No Casinos and anti-gambling businesses join fight to keep gambling compact locked down

BY: - December 1, 2021

No Casinos and a group of south Florida businessmen have joined the legal fight to defend a district court ruling striking down the 30-year gambling compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida. The Seminole Tribe is appealing the ruling and seeks an immediate stay, which would allow it to legally […]

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — When paid family leave was briefly dropped from congressional Democrats’ massive social spending and climate bill earlier this fall, the outcry was swift. Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for […]

Vaccine mandate for health care workers halted nationwide by Louisiana judge

BY: and - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—A federal judge in Louisiana on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking nationwide the Biden administration mandate requiring millions of health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. A suit challenging the mandate was led on behalf of multiple states by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, and U.S. Judge Terry Doughty granted the states’ request […]

As Seminole Tribe tries to rebound from defeat of gambling compact, feds offer little help

BY: - November 30, 2021

New court filings Tuesday from Florida pari-mutuel facilities and federal Indian gaming regulators suggest the Seminole Tribe of Florida may face an uphill battle to resurrect its gambling compact with the State of Florida. A U.S. district judge struck down the compact in a ruling last week. The tribe, which launched Florida’s first statewide sports […]

Cash bail: Lawsuits target practice that leaves poor people jailed while others walk

BY: - November 23, 2021

George Whitfield, arrested for possessing drugs and paraphernalia, has been held in the Sarasota jail awaiting trial since Aug. 4. Meanwhile, he’s lost his job. Why? He couldn’t afford the bail amount of $2,000. Linda Sue Reed of Sarasota was arrested Sept. 8 on a charge of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public […]