Fishkind Commentaries

Fishkind Commentaries

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Fishkind Conversations: Checking In On Gov. Scott's Job Creation Record

The Florida House and Senate have passed two very different proposals for a new state budget, and now the work of bridging the $4 billion gap between them gets underway. WMFE's economic analyst Hank Fishkind says that with all eyes on state finances, it's a good time to take stock of Governor Rick Scott's progress on his original "7-7-7 Plan." In his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Scott said his policies would create 700,000 jobs in 7 years in addition to the jobs expected due to Florida's economic growth. This week, Fishkind tells WMFE's Nicole Creston where he thinks Scott's job creation record stands with three years of state budgets in the books, and the fourth in the works.

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Fishkind Commentary: How FL's Population Growth Affects Your Financial Future

Florida's population growth has been getting a lot of attention since the recent US Census report named The Villages as the fastest growing metro area in the US. Keep reading that Census list, and you'll find plenty of other Florida cities and counties within the top 50 fastest growing areas, including Orange County. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind looks at population growth on the local level, and tells WMFE's Nicole Creston what it means for the wallets of Central Floridians.

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Fishkind Commentary: FL's Revised Employment Numbers Equal More Jobs, Better Wages

The revised employment numbers for 2014 are out, and for the most part, they're better than economists thought...except in Florida, where they're a LOT better, according to 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind. This week, Hank explains the annual benchmarked job numbers for 2014, and what they may mean for Central Florida in 2015.

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Fishkind Commentary: New Retail Numbers Aren't As Bad As They Look

The latest numbers tracking retail sales across the nation are out, and they inched down by a little more than half a percentage point in February. That makes three straight months of declines. Normally, that would raise eyebrows, says economic analyst Hank Fishkind. But he says there are specific – and temporary – factors at play, and that means it's not as bad as it might look. This week, WMFE's Nicole Creston asked Fishkind to start with a quick round-up of what the retail sales numbers have been saying for the past three months, and what's behind them.

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Fishkind Commentary: Federal Funds For FL's Indigent Health Care Dry Up This Year, Unless...

Florida may lose more than a billion dollars in annual federal funding that’s been paying for indigent care at public and private hospitals. The money came from a federal program called the Low Income Pool, or LIP. But the LIP is being phased out in favor of the Affordable Care Act…which Florida rejected. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there may be an alternative to both LIP and the ACA…but Florida’s hospitals, lawmakers, and business community all have to work together. Fishkind calls the loss an unintended consequence of the state’s decision to opt out of Obamacare, and to turn down federal dollars that would’ve expanded Medicaid coverage to nearly a million more Floridians.

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Fishkind Commentary: Better Water Quality Finally Possible In Florida

The declining quality and quantity of Florida’s water has been a hot topic for the last few years, from the state house to the court house to your house. But most attempts by Florida leaders to address the problem have faltered, says 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind. That is, perhaps, until now. Fishkind says that for the upcoming legislative session, the stars have aligned to let lawmakers make significant advancements in the way Florida keeps its water clean.

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Fishkind Commentary: The Quality Of Education In Florida Is Better Than You Think

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced his proposal to boost Florida’s education funding. He wants to increase spending to $7,176 per student, about $261 higher than this school year. If legislators approve, overall public school spending would jump to nearly $20 million. This week, economic analyst Hank Fishkind looks at the spending proposal in light of the recent “Quality Counts” nationwide education report. It gave Florida a score of C+, lower than last year’s B- but topping this year’s national grade of C-. Fishkind tells 90.7’s Nicole Creston that when it comes to education spending, Florida knows how to get a lot of bang for its buck.

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Fishkind Commentary: Financial Anxiety In The New Year

Over the past few weeks, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind has explained how new reports show an improving economy and good potential for a prosperous New Year. But recent polls suggest Americans are still feeling less-than-secure about finances, and less-than-happy with the response from federal and state governments. This week, Fishkind explains how the School of Economics might interpret that discontent, and what economic principles could influence it.

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Fishkind Commentary: 3-Year Economic Outlook Starts Rosy, Gets Complicated

Over the past few weeks, 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind has explained the host of recent reports that paint an optimistic financial picture for the end of 2014. As the year comes to a close, Fishkind considers the three-year economic outlook for the Orlando area, the state of Florida, and the country. He begins by telling 90.7’s Nicole Creston that throughout 2015, all signs point to growth…but starting around 2016, it gets a bit more complicated.

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Fishkind Commentary: Florida's Economy Gets Boost From Low Gas Prices

If you traveled by car over the Thanksgiving holiday, you might’ve found that filling your gas tank was significantly cheaper than you expected. Gas prices are down worldwide, and that may have OPEC in a tailspin but it's great for Florida’s tourism-driven economy, according to economic analyst Hank Fishkind. This week, Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Creston who wins and who loses when gas prices fall.

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