Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Surprisingly, Floridians seem to be shrugging off higher payroll taxes and new cuts to federal spending. The latest numbers from the University of Florida’s consumer-confidence index showed a small gain, even as a national barometer recorded renewed worry among consumers who have been facing higher gas prices, higher deductions from their paychecks and seemingly endless headlines about cutbacks from Washington. More from the Miami Herald, the Ocala Star-Banner and the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida Trend's website for small business is all new for 2013, with success stories, advice and resources to boost your business. The site is full of information for start-ups and entrepreneurs, including:
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Costs can creep up through the years, so it’s worthwhile to canvass, compare, call. Do your research. Then get on the phone to see what kind of deals you can negotiate with your existing suppliers or their competitors. It’s spring, time for the annual ritual of spring cleaning your small-business expenses. [Source: Florida Today]
Medical claims costs — the biggest driver of health insurance premiums — could jump more than 20 percent for Floridian's individual policies under the federal health overhaul, according to a study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts. [Source: AP]
Florida is finally flexing a little political muscle. After 168 years of seeing their politicians play only minor roles on the national stage, Floridians suddenly have legitimate presidential contenders, an influential national party leader and key voices shaping national policy in both major parties. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
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