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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Commentary | Checking the Math on Healthcare Costs


Recent analysis from the state shows healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act could rise in Florida, but White House analysis of the same data shows out-of-pocket costs could drop.  90.7 Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind sorts through the numbers with 90.7’s Amy Kiley.  He starts with the larger question, not of healthcare premiums, but of healthcare costs.  You can hear his commentaries on the Central Florida economy every Tuesday morning at 7:33.
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A Back-to-school Economics Lesson


Seminole County Public School students are back in class today, and kids in neighboring districts will join them next week.  This time of year impacts thousands of families – and the local economy.
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Intersection | Ballot 2014: Orange County Commissioner District 2 & 4


Orange County voters head to the polls this month on Tuesday August 26. The primary ballot will decided who will fill some vacancies in the Orange County Commissioner’s chambers and also ask voters to decided on Orange County charter amendments. 90.7’s Ballot 2014 coverage begins with a look at the candidates for District 2 and 4 for the Orange County Commission. Matthew Peddie talks with District 2 candidates Representative Bryan Nelson and Eatonville Vice Mayor Alvin Moore. He also speaks with District 4 candidates Attorney Euri Cerrud and Incumbent Jennifer Thompson.
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Nelson: U.S. Should Send Arms to Ukraine


Sen. Bill Nelson says he disagrees with President Barack Obama on how to help Ukraine. Unlike the president, Nelson supports giving the Ukrainians arms to battle pro-Russian separatists. The Central Florida Democrat will travel to Ukraine this week to try to ease tensions. Nelson says 20,000 Russian troops are at the Ukrainian border. But he says the Ukrainian military has surrounded two pro-Russian strongholds, Donetsk and Lugansk. The senator says the question of whether to supply arms is a thorny one. “The trick, and this is the delicate balance for the president, is that you do this and it not be a provoking of President Putin to cause him to then come across the line.” Nelson says a new deal …
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Recent Study Shows Florida is 3rd worst State For An Impoverished Child


A recent study by  financial services company Wallet Hub ranks Florida the 3rd worst state in the US for impoverished children. According to the study, only Mississippi and the District of Columbia were ranked worse than Florida in economic and living conditions for underprivileged children. Florida also ranked fourth worst in economic well-being and health for impoverished children. However, other states fared worse than Florida in several categories, including the percentage of children in foster care, the percentage of children in single-parent families and the rate of infant death and child food insecurity. The research was based on three main categories: economic well-being, health, education and 16 sub categories. The Children’s Defense fund says that 16.1 million children in the United states are poor  and 7.1 million are extremely poor.
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