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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: How to rein in Orlando’s wild rental market


Apartment rental rates are skyrocketing across the country, but Florida’s rent increase was higher than any other state’s. It’s up by 30 percent since this time last year, with the biggest jumps found in Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind explains why the rents are climbing in Central Florida, and what can be done to slow them down.
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Fishkind Conversations: Where the money goes in Florida’s record $112 bn state budget


Florida lawmakers have wrapped up this year’s legislative session by approving a record $112.1 billion state budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. That’s more than ten percent higher than the current budget. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind offers his review of the upcoming state budget, starting with two issues he says he wishes lawmakers would have addressed that are affecting the state: condo safety precautions and property taxes.
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Conversations: Economic news shows Florida tourism sector continuing to improve


Employment rose by 689,000 in February, the unemployment rate dipped to 3.8%, and the labor force participation rate climbed. And revisions to previous months mean employment rates were even higher than first reported. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says the news is especially positive for Central Florida, as we see our tourism sector reflected in the makeup of the job growth.
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