Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
As the nation deals with an immigration crisis at its borders, businesses are stepping up their calls for reform. Business proponents point to a 2013 study that say immigration reforms could add 123,000 new jobs to the economy and hike Gross Domestic Product by $10 billion in its first year [Source: CNN/Money]
Long since a top destination for Canadian ‘snowbirds,’ Florida is quickly solidifying its position as a center for Canadian investment. Canada may be something of an economic mystery to many Floridians who encounter that nation’s citizens mainly as tourists and might not be aware of other, substantial business connections. [Source: New Miami Blog]
An analysis by USA TODAY shows that living the American dream would cost the average family of four about $130,000 a year. Only 16 million U.S. households — around 1 in 8 — earned that much in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. [Source: USA Today]
America is awash in propane, a byproduct of booming oil and natural gas production. Yet getting it to markets at home and abroad is challenging and controversial. Long a niche in the energy sector, propane today is sexy. [Source: McClatchy]
Florida's booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead The Nation In Aircraft Manufacturing, offers statistics why Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing: in part because of the manufacturing equipment sales tax exemption, and also because of incentives awarded through Enterprise Florida. More, and access the full report here.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Broward tourism bureau says same-sex marriage ban should be overturned
For nearly two decades Broward County's tourism bureau has rolled out the welcome mat to LGBT travelers. On Thursday the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau came out officially in support of overturning same-sex marriage bans in Florida.
› Judge invalidates two Florida congressional districts
A judge threw out Florida's congressional map late Thursday, ruling that the Legislature allowed for a "secret, organized campaign" by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state Constitution.
› Boca Black Film Festival aims to feature Florida's homegrown talent
With last year's departure of the country's most prominent black film festival from Miami Beach, a Palm Beach State College professor hopes to fill that void with the Boca Black Film Festival that starts next week.
› Sarasota wants controls on 'zombie' foreclosures
Code enforcement officials have asked for new controls to hold banks responsible for hundreds of so-called “zombie foreclosures” in the city.
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