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Economic analyst Hank Fishkind of Fishkind and Associates
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Amendment 5


Florida voters face a number of amendments on the ballot this fall-including Amendment 5. The proposed amendment would require a two thirds majority vote in each chamber of the Florida legislature to enact new taxes and fees or increase existing ones. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind tells 90.7’s Matthew Peddie what’s really needed is an overhaul of the tax system.
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: OMNOM, Weed Walk, Flamingo Fest, and Home & Garden Show


OMNOM is a DJ – Producer from San Francisco with an unconventional brand of House described by some as “a whirlpool of weird” featuring his unmistakably peculiar vocals will be performing live Saturday 8 to 2:30 at Celine in downtown Orlando. Kids will walk a real wildflower farm and learn from experts about the things adults want to get rid of: weeds! Some are lovely, grow naturally and are even edible! This is a walk to learn about the friendly plants that grow here in Florida that many people try to remove. The Weed Walk is Saturday 9 to 10:30 at the Orlando Wildflower Farm. Kids can learn and paint during Creative Kids Art Part Flamingo Fest!  Learn where the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Under Orlando’s real-time surveillance partnership with Amazon, everyone’s a suspect


Orlando Police Chief John Mina doesn’t see a privacy issue in Orlando’s partnership with Amazon for their real-time surveillance technology. Using the city’s extensive camera system, Amazon’s Rekognition program will scan people’s faces as it looks for a person of interest when it becomes fully operational. Mina says it’s similar to officers using their eyes to scan a crowd. But Clare Garvie, with the Center on Privacy & Technology, says Orlando’s use of Rekognition is actually more like police asking everyone in a crowd for individual IDs to make sure they aren’t a suspect. With little scrutiny, Orlando leaders have been experimenting for months with this powerful new technology, which they hope will help them catch criminals, find missing children …
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Spotlight: Inay’s Kitchen


Even with the pin on my phone’s Google Maps app indicating I had arrived at my destination, I had a hard time spotting Inay’s Kitchen, a Filipino restaurant in Ocoee. Despite the open signs in the window, which were covered with bamboo matchstick blinds, I had a hard time identifying it as a restaurant. Once I figured it out, I went inside and was greeted by a sign inside the door instructing me to proceed to the back of the space. That’s where you’ll find the actual Kitchen, tended to by the actual Inay and a couple of other women. The available dishes are on display behind glass in a steam table. Don’t be intimidated by them; any of the …
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Amendment 1


There are 13 proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Among them is Amendment 1 that would provide a homestead exemption on the portion of home values. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind says while that might look good on the ballot to some homeowners, it could have a negative effect on cities and counties that rely on that tax revenue.
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Every Friday afternoon, Mark Baratelli, publisher of  The Daily City, shares his picks for can’t-miss weekend events in Central Florida.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Mad Cow Theatre, Paper Art Workshop, and Cirque du Soleil on Ice


Set in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century, the play “The Little Foxes” is Lillian Hellman’s great American family drama. Clashes over inheritance, business schemes, and domestic abuse define the ebb and flow of the Hubbard family, who have built their empire on cotton. The play “The Little Foxes” runs Saturday and Sunday at Mad Cow Theatre. Enjoy a day-long workshop creating a “found papers” collage using vintage book pages, sheet music, letters, and personal found papers taught by local artist Linda Saracino. Linda will provide a brief history of collages and then spend the bulk of the day providing one-on-one assistance helping students create their collages from prep to finished take-home piece. The found papers …
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Spotlight: Antonio’s House of Pizza


I sometimes feel that navigating all the restaurants with Antonio in their names is like playing a pizza version of Where’s Waldo. By my count, there’s a pizzaiolo’s dozen of eateries named Antonio, and that doesn’t count the one’s named Anthony’s. Add now to the list Antonio’s House of Pizza, the new, though not original name for the business that was Maestro Cucina Napoletano. Little has changed about the interior, though tables now have red and white checkered cloths. The old behemoth pizza oven, which still has Maestro emblazoned in white across the bright red exterior, remains in in the kitchen in full view from the small dining area. The pizzas that come out of it are a bit different, …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Federal Farm Bill could make hemp farming legal – but in the meantime, Big Pharma and the FDA have quietly moved in on CBD


While the state of Florida drags its feet through the process of implementing medical marijuana, some prospective patients are relying on CBD products as a fallback. CBD is the non-psychoactive medicinal compound derived from cannabis. It’s generally processed from hemp, not marijuana. And in what seems like great news for CBD, it’s likely the Federal Farm Bill making its way through Congress will legalize hemp farming. But not so fast: Big Pharma may have made an end run around this nascent industry. On June 25, the FDA approved GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a drug with CBD as its active ingredient, to treat epilepsy. But the FDA considers the sale of any food or cosmetic that contains the active ingredient of an …
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Spotlight: Eastside Asian Market


There’s an interesting little Asian market on the East side. It’s called Eastside Asian Market. What makes it more interesting is that along with the aisles and shelves of specialty foods and dry goods that you won’t find in your basic Publix, a corner of the store is dedicated to a small cafe with an exclusively vegetarian menu. In fact, a note at the top of the menu board next to the kitchen reads, “Everything is vegetarian. Deal with it.” There isn’t a whole lot to deal with. The menu is succinct and the food is good. Despite the vegetarian note, some ingredients are referred to by their meatarian names, such as ham and beef. It was “ham” in the …
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