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Report: Wages for Florida workers was flat for a decade

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Wages paid to Florida workers remained stagnant for the last decade, says a new report from researchers. The Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida this week released a 10-year overview that said average wages remained relatively flat between 2005 and 2015. The report says after wages were adjusted for inflation the average wage hovered around $45,000 a year. It actually declined right after the start of the Great Recession, rebounded slightly but then fell again.…

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Florida may restore college aid lost during Great Recession

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Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Florida may finally restore one of its main programs that aids students headed to college. The state Legislature late Monday approved an overhaul of the state’s higher education system that is intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts. A key part of the legislation now headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott would require the state to cover 100 percent of tuition costs for top…

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Joe Henderson: Bottom line for USF — Close, but no pre-eminence status

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Florida State Senate President Joe Negron continues to insist there was no dark conspiracy to deny pre-eminent status to the University of South Florida. He swears on a stack of legal briefs that state graduation guidelines weren’t changed at the last minute just to make sure USF wouldn’t qualify. As we now know, this is not a small thing. By failing to achieve the pre-eminent designation, USF missed out on millions of dollars — money the state’s flagship schools in…

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UF law students discuss, debate ahead of Constitutional Revision Commission meeting

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Gainesville — With the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission set to hold a public hearing here Wednesday — the fifth of nine hearings scheduled throughout the state as a part of Florida’s unique, citizen-initiative constitutional revision process, which occurs every 20 years — several dozen law students at the University of Florida assembled Monday afternoon in an auditorium named in honor of the chairman of the state’s first CRC, Chesterfield Smith, to discuss the constitutional revision process with a member of…

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Catholic Gators, nun celebrate Good Friday with Stations of Cross mural near UF

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Gainesville — Braving the midday sun and heavy traffic ahead of the holiday weekend, Sister Ana Galvan, of St. Augustine Church, and Melissa Likamwa, a music education major at the University of Florida, painted the Stations of the Cross on a wall that borders a north-south corridor near the university. “It’s a way to remind people that Easter comes with the passion,” said Galvan, who wore a bright-white habit. “It’s a way to remind them that first we need to…

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Florida hospitals created 900K jobs, new economic impact study finds

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Florida hospitals were responsible for creating more than 900,000 jobs in 2015, according to a new economic impact study. The study, completed by the University of Florida and sponsored by the Florida Hospital Association, found Florida hospitals were responsible for creating 901,674 full- and part-time jobs in 2015. The report also found hospitals generated nearly $128.4 billion in total economic contributions during the same period. “Hospitals are the largest employers in many communities across Florida,” said FHA President Bruce Rueben…

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Florida consumer sentiment in March hits pre-recession level

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose last month to the highest level in 15 years, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. The reading of 99 in March was the highest since March 2002 and the second-highest since November 2000. The 5.2-point increase in March followed a dip in February, which ended the month with a revised reading of 93.8. All five of the components that make up the index increased. Perception of one’s personal financial situation now compared…

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