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More jobs, and FL Gov. Scott's tough decision on Amazon
There was relatively good news on the jobs front in April. Late last week, we learned that the collective jobless rate for Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties slipped another 0.2 percentage points from March to 6.5 percent. That was 704 more employed folks during April than the previous month. Sarasota Herald Tribune
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IRS scandal: Who knew what when?
It’s the central question in the unfolding scandal over the IRS targeting conservative groups seeking a tax exemption: Who knew what, and when did they know it? Republicans are building pressure on the Obama administration with claims that senior White House officials knew that something was awry at the IRS last year and did nothing to stop it. The administration is countering that they had just as much information as key GOP lawmakers in Congress: that an IRS investigation was under way but details weren’t available until earlier this month. Politico
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Drought Gobbles Up Texas Turkey Hunt
Turkey hunting in Texas dried up along with the state's water due to the epic drought of 2011. And while the drought has relented, turkey season hasn't been the same. Scientific American
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NC Community colleges, high schools emphasize training for manufacturing jobs
RALEIGH — Momentum is building in North Carolina to better train workers for more sophisticated manufacturing jobs to erase a so-called skills gap in the workforce. At a Raleigh summit Friday hosted by the N.C. Community College System, business, government and education leaders brainstormed ways to pump up training and education programs to meet the state’s reawakening manufacturing sector. News Observer
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Suburban Poverty Soaring In America
Poverty is soaring in the suburbs. According to a new book from the Brookings Institution, the suburban poverty rate in America has climbed by 64 percent over the past decade, more than twice as fast as the poverty rate in urban areas. Huffington Post
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Ron Paul: Fix IRS by shutting it ‘once and for all’
Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas called the recent IRS fiasco troubling — but writes that the only way Congress can protect the freedoms of Americans from a long pattern of suspected IRS abuse is to “shutter the doors” of the agency “once and for all.” Washington Times
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Scott’s Chile trade mission aims to boost Florida ports
Gov. Rick Scott will lead an Enterprise Florida trade mission to Santiago, Chile, a press statement said. Tampa Bay Business Journal
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House Republicans Vote to Allow Private Employers to Replace Overtime Pay with Time Off
Claiming American workers should have choices when it comes to compensation for overtime, Republicans in the U.S. House pushed through the Working Families Flexibility Act, which Democrats say is more of a gift to employers than to employees. Allgov.com
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Six Ways Google Is About To Transform Your Small Business
Last week, Google GOOG +0.39% held its annual I/O Conferencefor its developers and partners and announced a bunch of new products and services. This is a company that doesn’t stop innovating. They are not afraid to invest in new ideas, make changes, expose themselves to criticism. They are also not afraid to kill projects that aren’t working out either. Good for them. Forbes
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Attorneys General Prepare to Defend Controversial Laws
New gun and abortion laws that sailed through Republican-controlled state legislatures this year are about to face scrutiny in a less hospitable arena: the courtroom. Pew States
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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