Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Historically in the U.S., about one new business has been formed every minute, while another shutters its doors every 80 seconds. This life cycle of birth and death – referred to as business dynamism – is a key driver of innovation and to overall economic growth. A growing chorus of economists suggests that this process of dynamism and innovation has slowed. Read more from The Atlantic and see the full report: Declining Business Dynamism in the United States: A Look at States and Metros.
Banks made it easier for businesses to get loans in the first quarter, fueling increased purchases of products and equipment as well as more merger activity, the Federal Reserve said Monday. The picture for consumers was fuzzier, according to the Fed's quarterly survey of bank lending. More from USA Today and Business Insider.
As rental rates and home values escalate, buying is becoming a better option sooner for many South Floridians, according to a first-quarter report from Zillow.com. In Palm Beach County, buying a home is cheaper than renting it after an average of 1.3 years, the website said. In Broward County, it’s 1.1 years. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
South Florida is getting hotter, stormier and saltier under a new assessment of climate change being released Tuesday by the White House. The National Climate Assessment, which was overseen by a committee of 60 scientists, carves the nation into 11 regions, with the Southeast, as well as the Caribbean, sitting squarely in the crosshairs of climate change. More from the Miami Herald and the AP.
Nearly 9 out of 10 Floridians support the medical use of marijuana according to a new poll. The poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University found 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor prescribes it. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Researchers investigate if diabetes drug can prevent Alzheimer's
South Florida researchers have joined a worldwide clinical trial investigating whether a well-known medication for Type 2 diabetes could delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, an incurable neurological condition affecting almost a half-million Floridians.
› Gas prices see slight drop thanks to increased supply
This is the second straight week of declines for gasoline in Florida, and now prices in Georgia and Tennessee are following suit. “This is encouraging news for motorists who have seen prices steadily rise since February,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman AAA: The Auto Club Group.
› Florida AG finds way to pay for prescription database
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is keeping the state's prescription drug database up and running after state legislators decided against funding it. The Florida Legislature did not set aside any money for the nearly three year old program during the annual session that ended Friday.
› Miami looks beyond beaches, bikinis to tech
Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the nation's next tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap living costs and lots of sun.
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