Working & The Economy

Frequent commuters in FL to receive first toll discount in February

BY: - January 30, 2023

Frequent commuters are expected to see a 50 percent discount in February for using at least 35 toll transactions in a month, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday, offering an update on the new toll initiative that only lasts a year. “I think people in Central Florida will be benefiting very soon,” DeSantis said during […]

Lengthy timeline for DACA legal fight puts lives on hold for years

BY: - January 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — Karen Judith Briseno Ortiz mailed in her application for a program meant to protect undocumented children from deportation, one day after her twin sister’s application. Her sister was accepted into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but Briseno Ortiz, who grew up in Dallas, was not. Now her application is in limbo […]

Offshore wind will need major investments in transmission, supply chain, reports say

BY: - January 28, 2023

Achieving the aggressive offshore wind power goals of the federal government and individual states will require billions of dollars in spending on transmission infrastructure, “unprecedented” cooperation between grid operators and federal and state agencies, and would be aided by major buildout of a domestic supply chain, per a pair of reports released this week. Coastal […]

Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of assessment and debate, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday announced the withdrawal of more than 225,000 acres of public lands near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota from federal mine leasing programs. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland signed Public Land Order 7917, which […]

Louisiana Conservative Caucus bemoans limited scope of insurance special session

BY: - January 25, 2023

State lawmakers in the Louisiana Conservative Caucus said Tuesday it’s “unfortunate” that next week’s special session to address the homeowner’s insurance crisis will be limited to just one proposal. They say the seven-day session won’t result in lower policy premiums for the people who need it most. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ call for the special session, […]

Reining in drug-market middlemen’s ‘rebate’ payments might be complicated

BY: - January 25, 2023

Work has begun on one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ priorities for the regular legislative session, due to open in March: constraining pharmacy benefits management companies that control the flow of prescription drugs to individual patients. A 90-minute hearing by a House committee demonstrated that the job will be a tricky one, given interlocking ownership and […]

Biden, Democrats to U.S. House Republicans: Show us your debt limit plan

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders huddled with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, ahead of what will be a tumultuous few months, with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time. “I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy, nor does anybody around this table,” Biden said […]

Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON – Challenges with the cash-strapped United States Postal Service sent many Americans to their wit’s end during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in communities reliant on the mail for essential goods. Yet despite concerns from members of Congress that recent service changes hit rural communities more than urban centers, a new report from the U.S. Government […]

U.S. mayors at the White House hear praise from Biden on rebuilding post-pandemic

BY: - January 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted more than 200 of the nation’s mayors at the White House on Friday afternoon, highlighting economic growth and the effectiveness of their bipartisan leadership as the country moves on from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to thank the mayors across the country for doing everything they can do to […]

U.S. hits debt limit and Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

BY: - January 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — The nation reached its debt limit Thursday, beginning the uncertain process known as extraordinary measures, in which the U.S. Treasury Department uses accounting maneuvers to avoid defaulting on the debt. The often-used practice is intended to give the Republican House, Democratic Senate and Biden administration time to negotiate a bipartisan agreement to raise […]

Problems with short-term vacation rentals in FL persist; will there ever be a statewide solution?

BY: - January 18, 2023

At a city commission meeting last fall in Pinellas County’s Indian Rocks Beach, local resident Jerry Newton’s frustration was evident. The problem? Short-term vacation rentals in his community. “Yet another month has passed, Newton said. “In the meantime, there are more hotel rooms and more unfamiliar faces every day next door to our homes. It’s […]

Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson discusses the price of eggs. He should know

BY: - January 17, 2023

Wilton Simpson, Florida’s new commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, warned Tuesday that people need to treat the food supply as a national security issue. The Republican who replaced Democrat Nikki Fried in the job following the November elections raised the issue following his first formal meeting of the Florida Cabinet — which, with Gov. […]