Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is saying he wants to cut the state budget by $100 million next year. The Scott administration on Tuesday gave a broad outline of some budget recommendations the governor will push for in 2014. [Source: AP]
The years 2009 and 2010 were dark days for Florida real estate. Home prices plummeted. Mortgages imploded. Foreclosures soared. And buyers flooded in from Brazil. Still, as the Brazilian economy has slowed, the interest in South Florida real estate slowed too. But for those who can afford it, the interest in our housing market remains substantial. [Source: WLRN]
A new report from the University of California-Berkeley shows that low-paying fast food jobs are costing Florida millions of dollars every year. According to the study, “the fast-food industry costs American taxpayers nearly $7 billion annually because its jobs pay so little that 52 percent of fast-food workers are forced to enroll their families in public assistance programs.” More from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and see the report:
Traditionally the slowest month for hotels in South Florida, September was predictably sluggish this year. But hotel occupancy and especially rates still showed growth in some counties, according to data released this week. [Source: Miami Herald]
» Orlando hotels book a solid September
Florida is aggressively pursuing insurance cheats, trying to cut down on fraud in the industry by arresting more than 1,500 people so far this fiscal year. And it's just a start, according to Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Amazon announces plans to build 2 warehouses
Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. announced plans to build warehouses in Hillsborough and Polk counties, creating more than 1,000 jobs in central Florida.
› Orlando high-tech company lands $17M venture capital deal
An Orlando high-tech company bagged the richest venture capital deal in Florida in the third quarter – only the second time that has happened since 2007, according to a new national investment survey.
› Knight funding to help Wynwood Business Improvement District
Businesses and community leaders in Miami’s Wynwood district can start work immediately on their plan to strengthen the area as a hub for artists and entrepreneurs, thanks to $43,500 in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
› New HMO to hire 150 Florida employees
A new HMO formed by Magellan Complete Care of Florida plans to hire 150 employees in the next six to 12 months, CEO Manuel Arisso said.
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