April 25, 2015

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/2/2014

As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. [Source: AP]

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Growth of wages for high-paid Florida workers outpace those of low-paid workers

Since 1980, wages of the highest-paid quarter of Florida workers have grown nearly three times faster than those at the bottom fourth of the pay scale. In fact, the bottom 25 percent of wage earners saw their pay rise less than $2,000 between 1980 and 2013. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

The politics of calling in sick

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America. But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave. [Source: NPR]

Frightfully early? No, say Halloween stores

Halloween retailers have been a mainstay of the spooky season for more than 15 years now, but stores continue to push the openings earlier into the summer as demand for costumes, decorations and accessories soars. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Some South Florida professionals find two jobs better than one

Florida has the lowest rate of multiple job-holders of any U.S. state: 3.4 percent of working Floridians have more than one job, compared with a national average of 4.9 percent. [Source: Miami Herald]


› Brazil's Embraer flying high in the United States
They were just two men trying to sell Brazilian airplanes from Dania Beach. Today, 35 years later, Embraer has grown into the world's largest producer of small planes.

› Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist
When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time.

› Inside the $11.5 million USF-Under Armour deal
University of South Florida is in line for $11.45 million in cash and products from Under Armour Inc. over the course of a contract that extends through mid-2018. That includes $1.67 million in the current school year.

› HOAs vs. lawyers
A new Florida law will allow homeowner association managers statewide to continue performing aspects of their jobs that attorneys had argued should have been their purview.

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