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Venturing to Mexico, Donald Trump defends right to build huge wall

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On Mexican soil for the first time as the Republican presidential nominee, a firm but measured Donald Trump defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, standing up for the centerpiece of his immigration plan in a country where he is widely despised. Trump, who previously derided Mexico as a source of rapists and criminals, praised Mexicans Wednesday as “amazing people” following a closed-door meeting at the official residence of the…

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Florida consumer sentiment up in July, reversing a three-month slide

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased in July to 93.7, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. This reading is four points higher than June’s revised figure of 89.7, turning upward after three straight months of declines and marking the second-highest reading over the past year. Of the five components that make up the index, four increased and one decreased. Perception of one’s personal financial situation now compared with a year ago increased three points, from 83.5 to 86.5.…

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DIVIDED AMERICA: Rosy economic averages bypass many in U.S.

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Dozens of FedEx jets queue up for takeoff at the airport here. Beale Street, the heart of the music district, hums with tourists. Yet the empty storefronts in Memphis’ moribund downtown and the cash-advance shops strewn near its highways tell another story. It’s a tale of two cities, all in one place. And it’s a tale of two Americas: the one that national averages indicate has all but recovered from the Great Recession and the one lost in the statistics.…

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At Charles Koch Institute panel, four economists talk Florida’s economic viability

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At a panel hosted by the Charles Koch Institute at the Grand Bohemian Hotel downtown Tuesday evening, four economic experts discussed Florida’s place in the national economy and what we can be doing better. The panelists included Jesse Panuccio, former Executive Director of the state Department of Economic Opportunity, Sal Nuzzo, vice president of policy for the James Madison Institute, economic professor Sean Kantor and Bill Peacock, vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom in…

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More than half of Florida voters say the state’s economy is in good shape

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A new poll may give Gov. Rick Scott something to cheer about this week. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found nearly 60 percent of Floridians said the Sunshine State’s economy was in good shape. The survey found 52 percent of voters surveyed stated that they would describe the state’s economy as “good;” while 5 percent said the state of the economy was “excellent.” Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,051 Florida voters using live interviews on cell phones and landlines from April…

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Gloomy outlook keeps Florida consumer sentiment flat in Feb.

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Despite recent good news in the national economy, Floridians’ expectations about personal finances in the coming year were pessimistic, especially among women and people 60 and older, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell slightly in February to 91.5—down almost one point from January’s revised reading of 92.4. Among the five components that make up the index, three increased and two declined. Perceptions of the personal financial situation now compared with a year…

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St. Pete chosen for financial inclusion program aimed at boosting economic stability

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St. Petersburg has been selected as one of eight cities to participate in the National League of Cities’ Financial Inclusion Systems and City Leadership project. It was selected by the NLC in a competition, giving Mayor Rick Kriseman an opportunity to meet with the seven other mayors to identify opportunities for improvement. Kriseman will attend the Mayors’ Institute on Financial Inclusion in April where he and other mayors will engage with national experts to find ways to help residents improve…

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