Working & The Economy

FL is set to boost the minimum wage to $10 an hour — ‘a dramatic difference’ for low-wage workers

BY: - September 1, 2021

Later this month, Florida workers will see a significant bump to the state’s minimum wage, part of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2020 that gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026. The initiative means that employers will be required to pay workers a minimum of $10 per hour, beginning […]

Seminole Tribe joins fray in lawsuits over gambling deal bringing sports betting to FL

BY: - August 31, 2021

As was inevitable, the plot thickens as Florida’s contentious new gambling laws come under legal attack on multiple fronts. The issues relate to federal court in Washington D.C., and federal court in Tallahassee. On Tuesday, the powerful Seminole Tribe of Florida filed documents in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to intervene in a lawsuit […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejection of eviction ban increases pressure to dole out rental aid money

BY: - August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the Biden administration’s last-ditch effort to extend a federal ban on evictions has put hundreds of thousands of American renters at risk of losing their housing — and is increasing pressure on states and localities to get rental assistance dollars distributed faster. In an eight-page majority opinion […]

COMMENTARY

Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it

BY: - August 26, 2021

So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out. The other week, the bistro where my family and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

DeSantis warns Biden’s vaccine push for nursing home staff could disrupt industry

BY: - August 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for nursing home staff could drive workers out of the field and worsen the existing staffing shortage at these facilities, Gov. Ron DeSantis warned Thursday. “That is a major hammer to bring down and has not been legislated by Congress — I mean, that’s a pure use of executive power […]

Florida hospitals face critical staffing shortages as COVID continues to expand

BY: - August 17, 2021

The number of adults and children hospitalized with COVID-19 rose to 16,521 overnight, pushing Florida’s hospitals into critical staffing shortages, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) said Tuesday. The hospitalized patients include 199 children. “There can be no question that many Florida hospitals are stretched to their absolute limits,” said FHA president and CEO Mary Mayhew […]

Pay boost for federal firefighters OK’d by Biden administration

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires rage in the western United States, the Biden administration on Tuesday announced it is hiking pay for federal wildland firefighters to at least $15 per hour. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the change will boost pay for 3,500 firefighters with the Interior Department and […]

How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR

BY: and - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate this week passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in U.S. health, education, climate and tax policies. The two measures are roped to each other, reflecting Democrats’ strategy to pass what could be bipartisan with Republicans—and to go it […]

Biden touts his win on Senate-passed infrastructure bill to state and local leaders

BY: - August 12, 2021

After the U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he championed, President Joe Biden met virtually Wednesday with scores of state, local and tribal leaders to build support for the measure as it heads to the House. The meeting resembled a victory lap, with state, local and tribal leaders of both parties telling Biden […]

Dire report on global climate forecasts worsening problems in FL

BY: - August 11, 2021

Global climate scientists declared “code red for humanity” this week in a report forecasting an actual doomsday for the planet if nations around the world, particularly the largest ones, do not dramatically and quickly reduce pollution destroying the atmosphere. And while Florida is at elevated risk for climate impacts, due to its extensive coastlines, dense population, […]

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

BY: - August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), worked […]