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DeSantis: Florida's Private-Sector Job Growth 'Remains Strong, Exceeds National Growth Rate'

June 22, 2019 - 7:45am
Construction produced 28,000 new jobs in May

With the signing of the 2020 budget Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis' announcement about Florida’s continued strengthening economy might have been overlooked.

The governor said businesses are still expanding to Florida, just as they have for the last eight years,  creating a strong private-sector job growth rate. The governor puts this success the good news down to low taxes, reasonable regulations and a top-rated university system.

He said economic indicators for the month of May include these:

Ron DeSantis in Better Shape With Florida Voters than Marco Rubio, Rick Scott

June 20, 2019 - 12:00pm
Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis is in better shape with Florida voters than either of the state’s two U.S. senators, a new poll shows. 

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Thursday morning showing that DeSantis has the approval of 55 percent of voters while 22 percent disapprove of him and 23 percent are not sure. 

Florida Wants Minimum Wage Increase--But Divided on How Much

June 20, 2019 - 11:00am

A new poll shows strong support across Florida to raise the minimum wage in the Sunshine State. 

Quinnipiac University Polling Logo released a poll on Thursday showing three-quarters of Florida voters--76 percent--support raising the minimum wage while only 20 percent support keeping it at $8.46 an hour. Floridians of all political backgrounds, ages, genders, race and education levels support increasing the minimum wage. 

Joe Biden Starts Out With Lead Over Large Democratic Primary Field in Florida

June 18, 2019 - 3:30pm
Joe Biden

With twenty Democratic presidential candidates getting ready to square off in two debates in Miami later this month, a new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden starts off ahead of the large pack of primary candidates in Florida. 

Donald Trump Starts Off 2020 Reelection Bid Behind in Florida, Poll Finds

June 18, 2019 - 2:30pm
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump is kicking off his bid for a second term in Orlando on Tuesday--and a new poll shows him behind some of the leading Democratic hopefuls in the always pivotal swing state of Florida. 

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Tuesday showing former Vice President Joe Biden, currently the favorite for the Democratic presidential, with the lead over Trump in Florida. Biden takes 50 percent while Trump gets 41 percent. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., also leads Trump, according to the poll, up 48 percent to 42 percent. 

DeSantis Adds More Cash to the Elections-Cybersecurity Pot for All 67 Counties

June 18, 2019 - 7:00am
DeSantis announcing his cybersecurity initiative

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday the Florida Department of State (DOS) and Florida’s 67 county supervisors of elections will engage in a cooperative cybersecurity initiative ahead of the 2020 elections. 

DeSantis is also supporting the redistribution of $2.3 million in unexpended funds to supervisors of elections to support their efforts to enhance election security. This is in addition to the $2.8 million appropriated by the Florida Legislature for the upcoming fiscal year.

Farm Bureau Leader: UF/IFAS Analysis Shows Destructive Effects of Mexican Farm Imports

June 15, 2019 - 7:45am
The damaging fruits of Free Trade

A new economic analysis conducted by a University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) team in Gainesville has confirmed Mexican imports have significantly harmed fruit and vegetable producers in the Sunshine State. 

A steadily increasing surge of Mexican products has entered the U.S. domestic market during Florida’s peak winter seasons since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 1993. Florida growers have lost large portions of the U.S. domestic market as well as sales volumes.

USDA Slightly Lowers Forecast for Florida Orange, Grapefruit Projections

June 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

While the season is almost over, Florida citrus has bounced back after a rough showing last year but remains well below where it was before citrus greening devastated the Sunshine State.  

In its latest look at citrus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) slightly lowered its forecast for production in Florida on Tuesday. 

Fried Announces 18-Member Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee

June 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
Nikki Fried

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Monday a new Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, which she says will collaborate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to help improve the state’s medical marijuana policies.

SFWMD: Everybody's on Board to Accelerate EAA Reservoir Construction by 18 Months

June 6, 2019 - 7:15am

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced Wednesday its latest effort to aggressively accelerate construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir, submitting permit applications that will shave 18 months off the project's finish time.

The permit  applications will allow land clearing to begin and implement Gov. Ron DeSantis' "Achieving More Now For Florida's Environment" Executive Order.

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