Today on Context Florida: Cleveland and Miami, partisanship, caregiving and construction

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Today on Context Florida:

As Doug Clifton ruminates on the move of LeBron James back to Cleveland, he reflects on his own eight years as an editor there. Cleveland, like Miami, needs to understand that winning teams do not change the economic equation; entrepreneurial energy and imagination do. New York is not the city it is because of the Yankees, San Francisco the Giants or Boston the Red Socks. When Cleveland was great, pro sports were in their infancy.

Republican leaders in the U.S. House are locked into a ruthlessly partisan political strategy, says Daniel Tilson, unfairly but effectively jamming the gears of government machinery that needs to be operating a better immigration system. Tilson calls upon Florida to take it upon itself to succeed where Congress keeps failing.

Stephen Goldstein notes that there is a caregiving crisis in the U.S., especially Florida. Unfortunately, family caregiving is not sufficiently addressed as a national, or state, priority. According to the recent AARP report, “A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers,” Florida ranks 43rd in the nation, at the bottom of the proverbial barrel.

While job growth has remained lackluster during the economic recovery, Steve Cona, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors, writes that the construction industry and other highly skilled trades are facing a shortage of qualified workers that threatens the future of the industry. Thankfully, Congress took an important step last week toward building a workforce that will address the needs of our economy.

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