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Nobel economist speaks at USF listen

02/13/09 Sean Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Vernon Smith is a professor of economics and law at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif. This morning at the University of South Florida, Smith outlined the economic and sociological reasons for the collapse of the housing bubble, which led to the current global financial meltdown.

Smith showed data from the Dow Jones index and house prices since the 1970s to establish that there has been a pattern of bubbles and collapses in th...

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Crist discusses his support of stimulus package listen

02/13/09 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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While the stimulus package has passed in the house, and poised to pass in the senate tonight, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist spoke today in St. Petersburg about how the stimulus will help Floridians.

Crist met with Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Kopelouso,Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker to discuss the $1.3 billion that is being allotted to Florida’s transportation department.

While the governor supports the stimulus package, virtually all Republicans ...

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Hillsborough Commissioners discuss dismal budget scenario listen

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners began the first of many public workshops they will conduct on their fiscal year ’09 budget today – and the news was sobering.

Kevin Brickey, an economist with the county, said with the housing market continuing to deteriorate, economic forecasts are more difficult than ever before. And he listed statistics on dropping home prices in the area and the state from a variety of sources.

But existing sale have actually gone up in recent months, due to the...

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Huge difference in stimulus bills would hurt Florida schools listen

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the website ProPublica, Florida's public school districts would miss out on nearly $650 million in construction money, if the final stimulus bill resembles the Senate’s version more than the House version.

Hillsborough County schools would lose nearly $49 million, Pinellas more than $28 million, Pasco more than $12 million, and Sarasota more than $5 million.

Randall Moody is the chief lobbyist for the National Education Association based in Washington. He says the Collin...

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Obama touts stimulus plan while in Fort Myers listen

02/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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President Barack Obama appeared in Fort Myers today for his second Town Hall Meeting regarding his economic stimulus plan in two days.

About an hour into the President’s Town Hall Meeting, he learned that his stimulus bill had passed the Senate, 61-37. Three Republican senators were able to get him over the 60 votes needed for passage. The bill now will go into conference between House and Senate leaders.

The fact that only three Republicans out of the entire 535 members of Congress b...

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Green energy entrepreneur says those jobs do pay well listen

02/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John Cheney is vice president of Sales and Business Development for MMA Renewable Ventures. The group calls itself the largest financier of solar photovoltaic installations in the U.S., with interests in biomass and wind.

Last week, WMNF spoke to Cheney about what he knew about the component of green jobs in the economic stimulus bill being debate in Congress.

Cheney discussed a report that was released last week by a coalition of labor and environmental groups that said most green jo...

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Castor, Meek come out fighting for Obama stimulus plan listen

02/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As the economic stimulus bill is poised to be voted on in the Senate tomorrow, President Obama and Congressional Democrats today came out on the offensive in arguing for the merits of the bill. It comes after Republicans have controlled the tone of the debate, if not the actual votes, in the past week.

Obama makes a trip to Southwest Florida tomorrow, to Fort Myers, one of the hardest hit counties in the country when it comes to foreclosures.

And House Democrats, who have been missing...

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Local advocates for stimulus package make their case listen

02/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This morning in front of a boarded up Wendy’s on Armenia Avenue in Tampa, City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena and Florida Consumer Action Network Director Bill Newton used the dilapidated building as a backdrop to call on Sen. Mel Martinez and local members of Congress to support the economic stimulus bill being debate in Congress.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Florida’s economy is in bad shape. Last month’s unemployment rate was at the state was over 8 percent, and a report ...

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Vern Buchanan discusses economic stimulus bill listen

02/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is a Republican who represents all or parts of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Hardee and DeSoto Counties.

This morning Buchanan briefed the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners on the federal economic stimulus bill making its way through Congress.

Buchanan told the Commission he is confident that the Senate’s version of the stimulus package will pass and then it will be r...

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Career Fair participants on looking for a job in the current economy listen

02/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning CareerBuilder.com hosted a career fair at the DoubleTree Hotel on West Cypress St. in Tampa.

WMNF asked job seekers what it’s like to look for employment in the current economy.

“It kind of sucks."

"It doesn’t look very promising at the moment.”

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