State's jobless may miss out on extended benefits - July 23, 2010 - The federal government on Thursday finalized an extension of unemployment benefits that will bring welcome relief to millions of the struggling jobless. But not, at least for now, if they live in the Sunshine State.
Fewer new homes in Miami-Dade, Broward - February 4, 2009 - New home construction plunged in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in the fourth quarter, according to numbers from Metrostudy, a real estate consultancy.
Macy's eliminates all 600 jobs at Miami office - February 3, 2009 - Macy's is eliminating all 600 jobs at its regional headquarters in downtown Miami, part of a major corporate reorganization that includes cutting 7,000 jobs nationwide.
Obama warns against 'gridlock' on stimulus. - February 3. 2009 - WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making another push for the economic stimulus plan being debated in the Senate, saying that with stakes so high, the nation can't afford the "same partisan gridlock."
Entrepreneurs' conference coming Feb. 26 - February 2. 2009 - About this time last year, economic troubles were on the wind. But few imagined the ferociousness of the financial tsunami that hit world markets last fall.
Senate panel proposes $300 bonus for seniors - January 23, 2009 - WASHINGTON - Senior citizens receiving Social Security would get a bonus payment of $300 under the Senate version of President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan.
Crist praises Obama's promised stimulus package - January 23, 2009 - West Palm Beach - Gov. Charlie Crist told a crowd of 700 today the stimulus package promised by President Barack Obama offers hope on the heels of severe budget cuts.
Circuit City closing; 30,000 to lose jobs - January 17, 2009 - Troubled electronics giant Circuit City is shutting down all of its stores, and going-out-of-business liquidation sales could begin as early as Saturday.
Poll: Solid support for Obama's economic plan - January 14, 2009 - WASHINGTON - A solid plurality of the American public supports the economic stimulus plan that President-elect Barack Obama has proposed, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Hoyer: Stimulus unlikely before inauguration - January 5, 2009 - WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama received a rude welcome to Washington on Sunday as congressional Democrats dashed his hopes for a speedy response to the worst economic crisis in decades.
Obama says his plan with tax cuts to get quick OK - January 5, 2009 - WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama plunged into rare pre-inaugural crisis talks with congressional leaders Monday, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and embracing tax cuts now expected to reach $300 billion.
Union Credit Bank hopes to boost lending - January 5, 2009 - An old adage goes ''You can never be too rich or too thin.'' For banks these days, the saying might well be: ``You can never have too much capital.''
Obama urges parties to work together on economy - January 3, 2009 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday said the struggling U.S. economy could face more challenges and urged lawmakers to act quickly on recovery proposals even as some Republicans expressed concerns about plans for a huge stimulus package.
U.S. could be facing debt 'time bomb' this year - January 3, 2009 - WASHINGTON - With President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats considering a massive spending package aimed at pulling the nation out of recession, the national debt is projected to jump by as much as $2 trillion this year, an unprecedented increase that could test the world's appetite for financing U.S. government spending.
30-year rates at new low - January 1, 2009 - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell to a record low for the third straight week and borrowers took advantage of the drop, sending new applications soaring.
An Irresponsible Budget - - December 31, 2008 - House Speaker Ray Sansom and Senate President Jeff Atwater on Tuesday officially released their call for the special budget-cutting session set to start next week and it closely mirrors the trust-fund raids and cuts Gov. Charlie Crist recommended.
Economists React: Jobless Data’s Seasonal Issues - December 31, 2008 - New claims for unemployment benefits made a surprisingly large drop last week, the largest in 16 years. Initial claims for jobless benefits fell by 94,000 to a seasonally adjusted 492,000 in the week ended Dec. 27 from an unrevised 586,000 the week before. But the number of continuing claims, those drawn by workers collecting benefits for more than one week in the week ended Dec. 20, surged by 140,000 to 4,506,000. The unemployment rate for workers with unemployment insurance rose to 3.4% from 3.3%. Below, economists react to the data.
A Trillion Dollar Recovery - December 31, 2008 - Poverty is on the rise, record numbers of people are relying on food stamps and we've seen no relief for the foreclosure crisis. There are increasing rates of child abuse and domestic violence linked to this recession. State governments don't have financial resources to cope at the exact moment when those resources are most needed. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have lowered Medicaid payments or eliminated people from eligibility. The senior economist of the International Monetary Fund recently warned of another Great Depression
Obama's online backers key to pushing his agenda - December 30, 2008 - HONOLULU -- President-elect Barack Obama's top asset in pushing his agenda will not be his Cabinet secretaries or aides, but rather his online network. Obama's political e-mail list tops 13 million names, a digital force that the incoming White House can tap to push for his legislation, tamp down critics or bolster popular support. It's also a way for Obama to reach into every state, every city, and every neighborhood.
Alexander tells senate to ignore Crist budget solution - December 29, 2008 - IIgnore Gov. Charlie Crist’s budget recommendations that count on Seminole gambling money and make one-time cuts to day-to-day programs to cure Florida’s $2.3 billion budget gap, Senate budget chairman J.D. Alexander is ordering fellow senators.
Obama adviser: Slowing economy won't halt tax cuts - December 28, 2008 - WASHINGTON -- A top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that the country's slowing economy won't keep the new administration from fulfilling its plans for a middle-class tax cut.
Refinance rates low; few qualify - December 25, 2008 - Interest rates may have reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years, but that doesn't necessarily spell relief for South Florida's struggling homeowners.
Why the economy might bounce back in 2009 - December 23, 2008 - Energy prices and mortgage rates are dropping, and the Fed is making sure money is available. Plus, America's competitive strengths remain intact.
Lehman sale approved - December 23, 2008 - A bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of Lehman Brothers' prized investment management unit to a group of managers and employees.
Walgreen profits drop - December 23, 2008 - Drugstore operator Walgreen (WAG) said its profit fell 10 percent in its fiscal first quarter because of costs in opening more than 200 new stores. The company said it plans to slow the opening of new stores to save $500 million in response to the recession.
Circuit City gets loans - December 23, 2008 - Circuit City on Monday received final approval for $1.1 billion in financing to keep operating while the nation's second-biggest electronics retailer is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Obama built Cabinet to impose ideas - December 21, 2008 - WASHINGTON - The Cabinet president-elect Barack Obama completed Friday is a largely centrist and pragmatic-minded collection of politicians and technocrats without a pronounced ideological bent.
Small businesses feel big credit squeeze - December 20, 2008 - Owners of small businesses like Apricot Office Supply & Furniture feel left out of all the talk of industry bailouts. They're struggling, too.
Unemployment rises - December 20, 2008 - Unemployment is increasing in Florida, but Broward and Miami-Dade are better off than many other parts of the state.
Obama moves toward unity politics - December 20, 2008 - Democrats have complained for years about bitter partisan politics under George Bush. They blame it on Bush even though, logically, it takes two sides to produce a standoff. Now some Dems are irked at Barack Obama for giving his administration a big-tent look with moderates in the cabinet and elsewhere.
Unemployment Inches Up - December 20, 2008 - Unemployment in Florida inched up three-tenths of a percent in November. 680,000 Floridians are now out of work. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, there are now 200,000 more Floridians out of work than there were a year ago.
Spending cuts, gambling pact at heart of state budget plan - December 19, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers can fill a $2.3-billion budget hole by trimming government spending, nearly emptying savings accounts and approving a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, according to a draft document approved by Gov. Charlie Crist.
Ohio's largest county aims to fight foreclosures - December 18, 2008 - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's largest county is about to embark on an experiment in which government becomes the owner of foreclosed and abandoned properties, fixes them up and turns them back over to private owners.
Fla. Legislature Meeting In 2009 To Slash Budget - December 15, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) ― In today's economy of budget shortfalls at the private and public level, many experts predicted Florida's legislature would hold a special session to deal with a budget deficit of millions, and Monday the announcement was made official.
States’ Funds for Jobless Are Drying Up - December 14, 2008 - With unemployment claims reaching their highest levels in decades, states are running out of money to pay benefits, and some are turning to the federal government for loans or increasing taxes on businesses to make the payment
RealtyTrac: Foreclosures to rise in January - December 11, 2008 - The number of American homeowners dragged into the housing crisis fell last month to the lowest level since June as new state laws lengthened the foreclosure process, RealtyTrac reported Thursday.
Dems, White House Work On Auto Bailout Bill - December 7, 2008 - WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats and the White House are trying to resolve remaining differences over a $15 billion rescue for Detroit automakers.
Gov. Crist Announces $11.5 Million To Help Florida Homeowners - December 8, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Governor Charlie Crist announced Monday that Florida has received nearly $11.5 million to continue providing statewide foreclosure prevention counseling and legal assistance to homeowners in foreclosure.
Bernanke spells out housing crisis steps - December 7, 2008 - As housing problems contaminate financial markets and the economy, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke called for aggressive steps to end the housing slump.
Economic woes threaten legal aid nationwide - December 7, 2008 - SEATTLE -- The day before Maria Nunes fled Florida for Seattle, her abusive husband beat her unconscious. She had already divorced him, which made the Jamaica native vulnerable to deportation because she depended on her marriage for her legal residency in the United States.
The Big 3 make another pitch - December 5, 2008 - Having learned their lesson last month, a chastened group of automakers again approached Congress for a bailout. Whether they will get it remains unclear.
Low-interest housing loans urged - December 5, 2008 - The head of the government's financial system rescue effort said Thursday the Treasury Department is considering a program to encourage banks to make mortgage loans at low rates to help revive the battered housing market.
Budget trouble ahead for state - November 26, 2008 - MANATEE — More than three months remain before next year’s legislative session, but state lawmakers from this area are already thinking about how to reshape government from the top down in response to the nationwide economic crisis.
Time is money for Obama economic team - November 25, 2008 - President-elect Barack Obama named his economic team and said it will work quickly to develop a recovery plan, which will likely include a massive stimulus package.
Housing is bad enough, but wait — it'll get worse - November 24, 2008 - WASHINGTON — If you think the housing slump can't get much worse, Martin Feldstein thinks that both home prices and the broader economy can — and very likely will — get a whole lot worse.
Economy's tumble even worse than expected in 3Q- November 24, 2008 - WASHINGTON -- The economy took a tumble in the summer that was worse than first thought as American consumers throttled back their spending by the most in 28 years, further proof the country is almost certainly in the throes of a painful recession.
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