Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Taxpayer help for sports and films doesn't add up for state
New reports are showing that taxpayers are paying more to help Florida's professional sports franchises and the film industry than the state gets in return. State legislators in 2013 ordered auditors and economists to analyze the millions spent by the state on subsidies for businesses. More at the AP.
Workforce housing a concern for young professionals
Increasing workforce housing is a growing issue for Manatee County's young professionals. Dozens of members of the Manatee Young Professionals group met with county officials at a luncheon Thursday to address affordable places to live for young workers. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
More international tourists expected in Florida in 2015
More international tourists are expected to fuel rising tourism in Florida in 2015, according to Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing organization. That's continuing the upward trend of recent years. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Report: Florida hospitals at risk of losing $1.3 billion
Florida is at risk of losing about $1.3 billion in federal funds used to reimburse hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured patients, jeopardizing the medical centers’ ability to continue serving those populations, according to a report released Thursday by state healthcare officials. More at the Miami Herald and the AP.
UF’s Verigo gets funding agreement with institute
University of Florida spinoff company Verigo has secured a funding agreement with the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. Verigo, incorporated as Comm-N-Sense, develops and manufactures wireless tracking and monitoring technology to help businesses that rely on perishable supply chains operate more efficiently. More at the Gainesville Sun.
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