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Survey says Floridians feeling financial stress

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With many people worried about a lack of high-paying jobs, 60 percent of Floridians say they feel financial stress in their households, according to results of the 2017 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released this week by the University of South Florida.

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Syd Kitson: Proud to be a Floridian

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Storms are a fact of life for the 20-plus million that call ourselves Floridians. Mother Nature reminded us of this when Hurricane Irma made her one-two punch – the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Before and after Irma’s impact, Floridians responded.

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Susan Ward: Disability Employment Awareness Month offered reminder that employers need to put differently-abled to work

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Ahh, the Sunshine State — where it’s just another day in paradise and theme parks whisk visitors to fantasies where dreams come true. Problem is the reality isn’t so fancy for the many unemployed Floridians with a disability. Statistics from the Florida Scorecard Research report show that 63 percent of residents with a disability who want to work aren’t working. That’s a particularly disheartening lowlight considering the state last month observed Disability Employment Awareness Month. What gives? Let’s start with…

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Geraldine Thompson: Profits ahead of patients spells trouble for Floridians

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As a longtime community advocate and state legislator in Orlando, I work every day to make sure that consumers in Florida have access to quality, affordable health care. The recent approved mergers of Aetna with Humana and Anthem with Cigna pose great challenges for Florida consumers. While the idea of mergers to create bigger companies may seem like a good idea – the results can be disastrous. As citizens, we must demand that mergers like these are held up to…

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Today on Context Florida: Trump & Hitler, ethics in the classroom and Florida tough on renters

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman discusses the recent Web ad from Republican presidential candidate John Kasich that subtly compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. While Kasich took heat for the suggestion, Dyckman says it would be just as wrong to ignore Hitler’s examples as to trivialize them. History often repeats itself. Bad history should be taken as warning. It does not necessarily trivialize Hitler to observe that Trump’s strategy and tactics recall some of those favored by the one-time Austrian…

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Floridians remain positive about economy, consumer confidence best in decade

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Floridians are feeling good about the economy’s future. The best in a decade, in fact. Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in March by more than 3 points to 96.8, the highest reading in 10 years, according to the monthly University of Florida survey. Sentiment increased in all five components that make up the index. “Florida consumers are particularly optimistic about the future,” said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “The…

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Charlie Crist Campaign Headquarters to open Saturday

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Charlie Crist will christen his new campaign HQs on Saturday: This weekend I will be in Tampa Bay to open our new campaign headquarters, and I would be honored if you could join me.  The details for the grand opening are as follows: Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:00 am til 12 noon Campaign Headquarters 300 Beach Dr NE, Suite 125 (Storefront is on 3rd Ave N) St. Petersburg, FL  33701 I hope that you invite your friends to come out…

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