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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: The Governor’s Budget


Governor Ron DeSantis has released his proposed $96.6 billion-dollar budget for the next fiscal year. It’s more than four billion dollars higher than last year’s budget, which seems surprising during a time of projected economic shortfalls due to the COVID-19 recession. But economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says the governor’s budget is realistic and will not call for the feared budget cuts.
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Hank Fishkind. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Florida’s Tourism Economy Drops…Again


Last week infection rates surged across the U.S. and here in Florida, and there were reports of sharp drops in economic activity in response. Retail sales dropped for the third month in a row and new unemployment claims climbed. This is problematic for Central Florida’s tourism-based economy. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says things will change if President-elect Joe Biden is able to do 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his administration, as planned. But the change will be slow.
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