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Thanks To Obamacare, Nearly 9 In 10 American Adults Now Have Insurance
The national uninsurance rate continues to drop to historic lows under the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that the law is making significant progress in its goal of reducing the number of people going without health care coverage. Now, nearly nine in ten American adults say they have insurance, according to the latest survey from Gallup. Think Progress
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The 15 highest-paying companies in America
Companies like Netflix and Google aren't just fun places to work. They're also two of the highest-paying employers in the US. Business Insider
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How late post offices will be open on Tax Day in all 50 states
GOBankingRates has compiled a list of post offices offering extended hours on April 15 in every state to guide readers to the right locations to get their returns in on time. Business Insider
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Florida's fresh foods hit all-time export record
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - International exports of "Fresh From Florida" products increased last year to a record $4.2 billion. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says those exports generated a total economic impact of more than $13 billion and supported more than 109,000 jobs. Mysuncoast.com
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How Elon Musk and SpaceX plan to drastically reduce the cost of space flight
Right now commercial spaceflight is a dream, but SpaceX is close to making it reality. In the not-too-distant-future we could see multiple rocket launches a day instead of once or twice a month. Business Insider
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Texas ranks as one of the most expensive states for real estate taxes
In a recent survey, Texas ranked as having some of the highest real estate taxes in the U.S. The average household in the U.S. spends $2,089 on real estate property taxes each year, according to a recent report from WalletHub. In Texas, where there is no state tax on personal income, average household real estate taxes are more than 50 percent higher than the national average. Houston Chronicle
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Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members
Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. Fox News
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Cruz, Perry Take Two Approaches to Targeting Clinton
For months, the White House hopefuls from Texas have been fine-tuning their lines of attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, hoping to show they've got the chops to go toe-to-toe with her in a general election. Now that Clinton has made it official, they get to go from practice rounds to game on. Texas Tribune
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Bullet-train backers meet resistance in rural Texas
LANCASTER – The people behind a proposed high-speed train are promising to whisk passengers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes. They say they'll cut highway congestion, create jobs and grow the state's economy by $120 million a year. Corisanadailysun.com
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After big chill, economy seen warming up
The first shoots of a spring bloom in the economy might pop up this week, but don’t expect fresh doubts about the pace of U.S. growth to melt away overnight. Sales at retail stores and the construction of new homes are expected to show renewed vigor when the government releases its latest reports for March. Another survey of consumer sentiment is also likely to show Americans are fairly optimistic about the economy. Marketwatch.com
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 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.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
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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