Working & The Economy

Rocket launchpad approved for coastal Georgia; more reviews are in store

BY: - December 21, 2021

Local officials are celebrating after receiving the long-awaited word that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted a license to run a spaceport on the Georgia coast. With the operator’s permit, Spaceport Camden is one of more than a dozen licensed spaceports in the country. The rocket launching plan has now passed its most significant hurdle […]

Feds to send FL $86.9 million for school meals amid supply-chain challenges

BY: - December 17, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending Florida $86.9 million to schools for food to help them cope with supply-chain challenges associated with the COVID pandemic. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday that is Florida’s share of $1.5 billion being provided to states to buy food for school meals, including $200 million to be used […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

FL Democrats call on DeSantis to declare emergency over affordable housing

BY: - December 17, 2021

Rising costs of rental housing and even price-gouging are driving Floridians from their homes in numbers that constitute a state of emergency, say 14 Democratic state lawmakers calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to take emergency action on housing. “In Central Florida, rents have increased by 20 percent since January, in South Florida, rents have risen […]

Dems, Chamber of Commerce and engineers celebrate historic investment in infrastructure and jobs

BY: - December 17, 2021

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law approved by Congress promises to deliver more than $20 billion in federal funding to Florida over the next five years to upgrade roads, bridges, airports, seaports and water systems. The funds also would expand availability of high-speed internet and electric-vehicle charging stations. Florida Democrats are celebrating passage of the infrastructure […]

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]

A big check, a lot of bragging about Gov. DeSantis and dissing about D.C.

BY: - December 16, 2021

In Washington County in Florida’s Panhandle, officials from all levels of government bragged Thursday about Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the governor and Congressman Neal Dunn dissed what’s going on in Washington, D.C. “Just for the record, we like Washington County much better than Washington, D.C., DeSantis said during a news conference Thursday related to hurricane […]

Forever chemicals: FL Senate panel proposes to tackle PFAS contamination

BY: - December 14, 2021

Florida’s Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources plans to address PFAS, a class of man-made compounds referred to as “forever chemicals” that may pose public health or ecological risks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed committee bill would create a 16-member task force by next fall to determine how to identify […]

Gambling wars: Pro-casino group pauses lawsuit alleging interference by Seminole Tribe

BY: - December 13, 2021

A pro-casino group backed by Las Vegas Sands has dropped its emergency effort to shut down an “obstruction” campaign it alleges is underway by groups backed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The fight is over voter signatures for a Constitutional amendment drive. In Florida’s gambling wars, it appears that all new gambling initiatives are […]

Trial judge keeps feud between competing gambling efforts alive

BY: - December 10, 2021

In an emergency hearing Friday regarding a campaign to amend Florida’s Constitution, advocates asked Leon County Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey to decide whether attempted sabotage of their efforts constitutes unlawful interference or just hard-ball competition. She declined to do so, denying an emergency motion to dismiss allegations that entities working for the Seminole Tribe of […]

Infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes, House panel hears

BY: - December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The leader of Amtrak told a U.S. House panel this week that the recently enacted infrastructure law made great strides to solving the passenger rail system’s financial woes and placed it on equal footing with other modes of transportation. Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s rail subcommittee and Amtrak Executive Director […]

U.S. Senate rejects Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers, with every Republican and two Democrats casting votes aimed at preventing that pending requirement. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia joined with the GOP in backing the resolution, […]