Category Economy

The Pulp: An Open Letter To Florida Democratic Party- Where Are The Policy Ideas? Where Is The Grassroots Organization?

Dear Florida Democratic Party, I really can’t anymore. Day after day, my Twitter feed, email inbox, and Facebook newsfeed are covered with constant attacks from you against our Republican Governor Rick Scott. Whether it’s bashing him for a weak economic recovery in Florida spearheaded by the creation of minimum wage jobs, his lengthy list of […]

Independent Reports: Florida Economy Lagging

Governor Scott is touting Florida’s allegedly strong economic numbers but two independent studies in consecutive weeks pour some reality on the GOP’s party. Last week the Collins Institute released a report that was alarming indicating among other things that Florida is completely incapable of attracting the types of high-wage jobs the state needs.  In our […]

#ItsNotWorking: Rick Scott’s BIG Jobs Problem

Like most (wonky) people this past week or so, I was salivating over new economic data for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the subsequent analysis of those numbers by economics blogosphere. In between such readings, I scurried over to the twitter machine and found Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Lenny Curry, Rick Scott’s […]

HB 143: The Latest Republican Tax Hike in Disguise

The 2014 legislative session begins March 4th. TFS will be providing in-depth coverage of notable bills and their progress in both chambers from now until Sine Die and beyond. Rep. Jake Raburn (R-Valrico) from District 57 represents one of the safest Republican House seats in Central Florida, an 80% white, largely rural locale you may have taken […]

Did Four Florida Democrats in Congress Sell Us Out to Wall Street?

Author’s Note:  This piece started out as an exposé on Wall Street’s influence over a certain South Florida Congressman that sits on the Financial Services Committee. As our research deepened, we came across startling discoveries: Patrick Murphy is not the only Florida Democrat taking Wall Street cash while voting in favor of their sponsored and in some […]

Snyder’s Take: The Future Is Now

Don’t get it twisted. The ousting of Minority Leader Daryl Rouson and the subsequent election of Progressive Champion Mark Pafford to the same position is huge news. No. It’s a BFD.  It proves what many of us have already known: the progressive movement in Florida is spreading statewide like a central Florida dry season brush […]

Zest Of The Day: 4 in 5 Americans Near Poverty; No Work

Time for a reality check: Call me crazy. Call me a radical. But when 80% of Americans are near the poverty line its time for a New Deal. It’s time to stop calling this “recovery” a recovery and have a real discussion about whats going on in our economy- grand theft by the top 1% […]

Snyder’s Take: Recovery Is A Tale of Two Cities

First, I want to thank Kartik for inviting me to contribute to The Florida Squeeze. His blog is the best place for news, commentary, and down right substantive discussions about how we can make Florida and the country better as we move into the future. My blog will focus on the economy here in Florida, […]