Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida’s consumer confidence keeps inching higher, rising one point from May to 82 this month — another post-recession high, according to a University of Florida survey. June is the fourth consecutive month to show a rise in the sentiment of Floridians. More from UF News and the Gainesville Sun.
By the measure of an influential index, rising prices have now brought the housing market full circle. Prices in the 20 cities tracked by the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Index have now leapt to their level of early 2004 -- at the onset of an unprecedented run-up that was clipped when prices dove 50 percent to 60 percent in many areas. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The AARP has come out in favor of requiring employers to provide earned paid time off. The powerful lobbying group for people 50 years and older said it's crucial since so many caregivers can't afford to take time off. And with the aging population, workplace leave policies in general are due for an overhaul. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections. More from the Times/Herald and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Florida Trend Exclusive
Ten years ago, Florida Trend published its first Legal Elite special report, recognizing the top attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers. In this 10th Anniversary edition, we are pleased to report that the legal profession in Florida remains vibrant with new practice areas represented in Legal Elite, increased statewide voting and a 43% increase in the number of firms with Legal Elite attorneys. See full Legal Elite package.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Higher rates loom for Citizens policyholders
With a proposed 6.9 percent statewide average increase for all policy types in 2014, state-run Citizens Property Insurance is continuing an aggressive campaign to boost rates and drive more customers into the private market.
› Bill Gates buys equestrian estate In Florida for $8.7 million
Seattle-based Microsoft founder Bill Gates — and second richest man in the world — remarkably, doesn’t own an excess of properties. Previously, when his horse-loving daughter competed in Florida, the multi-billionaire rented homes for his family rather than buying. Not any longer.
› PGT partners with second-largest home builder
PGT Industries, the maker of hurricane-resistant windows and doors, has formed a partnership with the nation's second-largest home builder to supply impact-resistant products to all of its Southwest Florida and South Florida communities.
› Florida Lottery warns players of scam
Florida Lottery officials are warning players not to fall for a new scheme designed to get their money. A group named Lotto Claims Associate & Sweepstake Inc. has been sending letters to people seeking personal and financial information to free up frozen lottery winnings, officials said.
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