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Florida vs. California in 2015
My buddy, a former Floridian, lives in Long Beach, California, and last Sunday he had just finished mowing his lawn when he telephoned to catch up. Because of the much-publicized devastating drought there, the days of his green lawn — and mowing I would guess — soon could be numbered. The city is offering him a $2,000 stipend to replace his grass lawn with rock and drought-resistant plants like lemonade berry evergreens, deer grass and probably a cactus or two. Floridatoday.com
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott visits California to lure away businesses
Florida Gov. Rick Scott swung through Los Angeles on Monday as part of a mission to lure California businesses across the country to the Sunshine State. Scott arrived Sunday and has been traveling throughout Southern California, touting Florida’s job growth and tax cuts during his four-year tenure. At a Monday luncheon in Woodland Hills, he told a group of about 100 business representatives about his efforts to “drive down the cost of doing business.” “The elected officials don't get it, they don't get that you can't regulate everything out there,” Scott said at a meeting of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. “You can't tax everything out there and expect people to prosper...that's not the way you build an economy.” Los Angeles Times
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Florida wants a piece of the port biz
Florida Governor Rick Scott, says Florida shows a lot of opportunity for port usage. NBC News
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Sweet deal for Jacksonville comes 'quikly' from governor's West Coast visit
Not only is the governor's trip to California bringing in gold— it's bringing in chocolate. After meeting with representatives from Nestle USA in California, Governor Rick Scott announced the company will shift a majority of its Puerto Rico shipments from the Port of New York and New Jersey to the Port of Jacksonville, according to a statement. Jacksonville Business Journal
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CPS Energy looking for site for new corporate headquarters
CPS Energy is looking for a new home and they're looking for it fast. The growing municipally-owned utility company has been working with commercial real estate consultant DTZ to evaluate key assets in its real estate and facility portfolio. San Antonio Business Journal
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EXCLUSIVE: New York wellness company moving headquarters to downtown St. Petersburg
Downtown St. Petersburg has scored another corporate headquarters. Twinlab Consolidation Corp., based in New York, has signed a 12-year lease for 30,600 square feet — two floors — of the First Central Tower at 360 Central Ave. TCC (OTC: TLCC) plans to bring 80 employees to the space, many of whom are anticipated to relocate from New York City, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Utah, the company said in a news release. Tampa Bay Business Journal
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Jindal makes religious freedom bill a legislative priority
Despite controversy in Indiana and Arkansas over attempts to enact religious freedom legislation seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination, Gov. Bobby Jindal made passage of such legislation in Louisiana on Monday a legislative priority in his “State of the State” address. In his remarks, which were delivered at the Statehouse in Baton Rouge at the start of the legislative session, Jindal articulated three priorities: the budget, education reform and religious freedom. “I know there has been legislation filed this session that aims to protect religious liberty rights in Louisiana,” Jindal said. “Let me be crystal clear – I absolutely intend to fight for the passage of this legislation – and any other that seeks to preserve our most fundamental freedoms.” Washington Blade
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Conservatives Regroup on Religious-Freedom Bills
Indiana isn’t the only state having trouble with religious freedom legislation. In March, Georgia’s Senate approved a religious freedom bill. Like similar laws passed the same month in Arkansas and Indiana, it expanded protections for people claiming to be acting according to their religious beliefs. Some Democrats said the vote was rammed through committee during a bathroom break, but the bill had overwhelming support on the Senate floor, where it passed 37-15. It then ran aground in the Georgia House, where moderate Republicans sided with Democrats and added an anti-discrimination amendment that the legislation’s sponsors refused to accept. “The term ‘discrimination’ is a very elastic thing that can mean a lot of different things to different people,” says Republican State Senator Josh McKoon, who sponsored the bill. “It really was going to render the underlying bill meaningless.” Bloomberg
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Religious freedom law a 'heterosexuals only' sign for Louisiana: Rep. Walt Leger
American Founding Father John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." I hold these words deeply in my heart as an elected official. But what I see happening today in Louisiana with the proposed Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act is a perversion of the laws that have been established to reflect the beliefs of a moral and religious people. NOLA.com
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Time To Rebrand!: Indiana Hires PR Firm To Rebuild Image After 'Religious Freedom' Fiasco
WASHINGTON -- The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state's efforts to attract and retain businesses, has retained Porter Novelli for an undisclosed sum. The firm's task is to brand Indiana "as a welcoming place to live, visit and do business." Huffington Post
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Features & Opinion

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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