Working & The Economy


A military veteran without a bachelor’s degree could soon be at the head of a FL classroom

BY: - August 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis has approved a new law to create an alternative temporary teaching certificate for military veterans, saying that their prior military experience will have value in the classroom. But the law would get around a prerequisite expected of thousands of teachers in Florida — a bachelor’s degree. Instead, the military veteran would be […]

U.S. agricultural groups spell out their priorities in the next farm bill

BY: - August 8, 2022

Major U.S. agricultural production groups are pulling together their requests for the next farm bill — the massive legislation that Congress rewrites every five years to set farm and food policy — with crop insurance and disaster assistance on the top of their lists. A panel of executives from farm groups detailed some of their […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly divided Senate. […]

U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

BY: - August 6, 2022

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday. The revenue lost to obtain Sinema’s support […]

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Crist vs. Fried: Primary candidates held a ‘conversation’ but much was retreaded territory

BY: and - August 4, 2022

The two major gubernatorial primary candidates Wednesday evening did little to move the needle on some of the most significant political issues related to their platforms, from the economy, education reforms and assault weapon bans. But both Democratic candidates, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, had some differences. One of them was […]

Record rent increases, low wages are driving an eviction crisis, U.S. Senate panel told

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Investors and stagnant wages are driving an eviction and housing crisis across the U.S., witnesses in a Tuesday hearing detailed to a U.S. Senate committee. The chair of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, said that families are being priced out of buying homes, and rising rents mean […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats argue that due to inflation and continuing coronavirus pandemic, student loan borrowers […]

Climate spending in new reconciliation deal a ‘turning point’ for the U.S., supporters say

BY: - July 29, 2022

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care, and energy bill released Wednesday night, saying even with provisions to help the fossil fuel industry the measure represents a historic step toward addressing the climate crisis. The 725-page bill — made public mere hours after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III […]

U.S. Senate Democrats dive into details of surprise 725-page reconciliation bill

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a preliminary victory lap this week to celebrate Democrats striking a surprise deal on a sweeping legislative package that renewed hopes of historic action on the party’s health care, tax, and climate goals. But just down Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Democrats said they needed to read through the bill text […]

As new school year draws near, FL families can save at annual back-to-school tax holiday

BY: - July 28, 2022

Florida families and educators looking to relieve some of the financial burdens of the upcoming school year can take part in the annual back-to-school tax holiday, which started this week and will end on August 7. The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines […]

Strong economy, declining gas prices have escaped notice, White House says

BY: - July 28, 2022

After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and falling gas prices — ahead of a […]

DeSantis wants to ban state pension investments based on political factors

BY: - July 27, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis is broadening his attack on “woke” capitalism, promising to punish investment advisers and banks that consider the environmental and social implications of investing and not just the short-term bottom line. During a news conference Wednesday in Tampa, he singled out the “ESG” investment movement, which stands for environment, social, and governance (meaning the […]