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How Will the Proposed TransPacific Partnership Trade Agreement Affect Jobs in the U.S.?

09/24/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The Last call. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk about a new trade agreement that may have a huge impact on employment in this country. The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement, is currently being negotiated between the United States, Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. It is meant to be a “docking agreement” that other Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Korea and China ca...

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Gov. Rick Scott celebrates new Tampa business, unemployment still up listen

08/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a jump in state unemployment last month, Governor Rick Scott announced 190 new jobs in Tampa this morning. The company StreetLinks moved to the Sunshine State because Florida offered them the best incentives.

Governor Scott considers himself the jobs governor. So when a company decides to move from Indiana to Florida he uses it to promote policies some people call corporate welfare.

“We’ve reduced business taxes, we’ve reduced property tax, business tax. We have a low ...

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Urban Land Institute presents recommendations to Hillsborough County in effort to improve economic growth listen

06/20/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Economic Prosperity Stakeholder Committee wants to develop economic growth in the region. They’re getting advice from the Urban Land Institute, which recently presented recommendations on how the county could improve economic development opportunities.

The Urban Land Institute is a global organization focused on improving the economy for communities’ worldwide. Brian Grady, Executive Planner with Development Services of Hillsborough County says bringing the Urba...

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Protesters want President Obama to fire Ed DeMarco and help homeowners with Freddie and Fannie loans listen

03/16/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the United States. Yesterday, MoveOn.org members and others rallied at Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Ybor City. The group hopes to sway President Obama to make changes to current foreclosure system.

About fifteen protesters gathered as part of a larger national day of action called Save Our Homes. They held signs with the mess...

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Economist Richard Wolff on the Economy

03/12/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Friday, the federal Labor Department reported that in February the nation’s unemployment rate remained flat---at 8.3 percent—it was the first time since last August that the jobless rate did not drop.

The economy added 227,000 jobs. With manufacturing adding 31,000 jobs and temporary employment rising with 45,000 jobs. The report also showed that December and January added 61,000 more jobs than originally estimated.

The report was positive news for the Obama administration,. Howe...

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Atlanta Federal Reserve chair shares cautious optimism on economy with Sarasota audience listen

02/20/12 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The chair of the Atlanta Federal Reserve is encouraged by recent improvements in the economy, but his overall stance is one of caution and restraint. Dennis Lockhart shared his views on economic recovery with a crowd of about 150 people at New College in Sarasota earlier this week.

Lockhart said recent improvements in employment, household income, business confidence and the beginning of credit expansion are good in...

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David Kotok: Employment influences on the market and Federal Reserve policies listen

11/18/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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America’s economic recovery will include a steady rise in financial stability coupled with slow job growth. That’s the opinion of David Kotok, chair of Cumberland Advisiors. He gave that assessment to an audience of about 120 people in Sarasota on Tuesday.

Translating complex financial trends into understandable graphics is why Kotok is in demand as a commentator on the US and global economy. His f...

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Occupy Tampa holds first protest in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street listen

09/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement for democracy that began on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. A Tampa group began similar protests against financial institutions at downtown’s Gaslight Park on Saturday.

Scott Shepard drove from Lakeland to attend the protest after seeing the new...

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The End of Growth listen

08/10/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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"Hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock" is how author Richard Heinberg describes the debt ceiling deal reached in Washington last week. In his new book The End of Growth, Heinberg asserts that economic growth as we have known it is over and done with and the global economy is inevitably contracting rather than expanding. WMNF's Kelly Benjamin spoke to Heinberg recently on how he comes to this conclusion and why the end of growth and learning to live within our ecological limits might...

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Report says speculation accounts for 83 cents per gallon of gasoline prices listen

07/12/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Those high gasoline prices you're paying at the pump may have a lot to do with Wall Street speculation.

According to a new report, because of the risky speculative trading on oil in the commodities futures market, the average consumer in the United States is paying much more for gas than they should be. Sheena Rolle is with Organize Now, one of two groups that researched the report. Rolle says she knows what 83 cents per gallon extra means for working class families.

“For the regular...

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