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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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Fishkind Commentaries: Two Competing Ideas for Florida's Budget

The 2015 Legislative Sessions is revving up, and Florida Republicans continue to control both chambers of the State’s legislature. A new Senate President and House Speaker were elected earlier this month, and committee hearings begin in January.

Despite party unity between the legislature and the Governor’s office, 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says there are two competing ideas for next year’s State budget.

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