Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Federal and state tax collectors are cracking down on small business owners who aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. States are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on big data and other initiatives to beat the tax cheats and collect the billions they’re owed. More from the Fiscal Times and Businessweek.
After months of railing against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November. More from the AP and the Tampa Bay Times.
After a troubled start, Floridians are enrolling in Obamacare insurance plans in droves, reaching a total of 442,087 as of March 1, federal officials disclosed on Tuesday. The number has nearly tripled since the end of last year but still amounts to less than half of the 990,455 state residents considered eligible for the new marketplace. More from the Orlando Sentinel and the AP.
With a couple of tumuluous years in the rearview mirror, the leaders of the world’s largest cruise companies are focusing on introducing new audiences to their product both in the United States and around the world. [Source: Miami Herald]
The fight for low-skilled higher wages is being fought on many fronts, from a legislative push for raising the minimum wage to protests of fast food chains. One of the approaches that advocates have taken is to argue that increasing wages actually means more profit for businesses. [Source: Forbes]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Dolphins owner braves a property-tax battle
The new stadium upgrade plan by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross scrambled the political scorecard Tuesday as a bitter foe sounded supportive and past allies questioned the team’s pursuit of relief from property taxes.
› Frost Museum's new chief scientist talks about innovation
As a new science museum rises from the ground in downtown Miami, its new chief science director is making plans to connect with the business community.
› Arcade-game 'fix' draws questions in Tallahassee
An attempt to clear up confusion over laws regulating arcade games may create even more problems, possibly opening the door for a resurgence in store-front casinos and senior arcades.
› Tampa Bay ranks among most affordable metro areas
Tampa Bay landed at No. 18 on the new Forbes list of the most affordable large U.S. metro areas. Forbes says the three most affordable metro areas are Buffalo, Memphis and Cincinnati Ohio.
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