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Economy

Florida losing edge as affordable place to live

The following editorial was published in the Daily Sun on June 14, 2022. OUR POSITION: For years high taxes and housings costs have sparked an exodus from the East and Midwest to Florida but the Sunshine State’s escalating home prices and rents are giving pause to relocation considerations. Inflation’s storm surge continues to deluge consumers with

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Biden's Vision

Biden has created a robust, growing economy

The following letter to the editor appeared in The Daily Sun on March 25, 2022. President Joe Biden believes the federal government is there to help assure a level playing field for every American. Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower also believed in the federal government’s role in improving the lives of average Americans. FDR established

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Analysis

Fact check: Republicans wrongly blame Biden for rising gas prices

Republicans are trying to have it both ways on gas prices – they support President Biden’s ban on imports of Russian oil amid Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine, while also blaming the Biden administration for Putin’s price hike. A recent New York Times fact check laid out their hypocrisy. Read More: New York Times Fact Check:

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Economy

Gasoline price increases look like price gouging to me

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022. I purchased gas Thursday evening at a business on Kings Highway for $3.59 per gallon. The next morning, it was $3.79 per gallon and by Sunday, it was $3.99 per gallon and Monday morning it was $4.19 per gallon.

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Analysis

American Rescue Plan fact sheet

In March of 2021, the United States was in rough shape. Schools were still closed, few people had been vaccinated, the economy was reeling, and more than 500,000 Americans were dead following one of the worst waves of the pandemic. Tens of millions more across the country were facing the prospects of unemployment, eviction from

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Economy

No easy answer to Charlotte County transportation challenges

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on March 7, 2022. OUR POSITION: Finances, growth and environmental roadblocks are all challenges Charlotte County faces in order to accommodate the need for road improvements expected the next 20 years. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people moving to Charlotte County every year. While housing

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Economy

Affordable housing issue is a crisis

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Feb 27, 2022. OUR POSITION: It’s past time for lawmakers in Tallahassee to seriously address the cost of housing in Florida with some real solutions. It is becoming an understatement to call the lack of affordable housing in Florida — a crisis. Action and answers

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Economy

Child poverty spiked by 41 percent in January after Biden benefit program expired, study finds

By Jeff Stein, The Washington Post, Feb 17, 2022. The number of American children in poverty spiked dramatically in January after the expiration of President Biden’s expanded child benefit at the end of last year, according to new research released on Thursday. The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University said that the child poverty rate

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Economy

Mental health and homelessness issues rise in Charlotte County schools

By NANCY J. SEMON, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 14, 2022. PORT CHARLOTTE — Mental health issues and homelessness among students are increasing in Charlotte County, school officials said last week. During a Charlotte County School Board workshop, a school psychologist and the director of intervention and drop-out prevention told board members about steps the

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Analysis

Friday’s jobs report brought good news.

A woman passes a “We’re Hiring!” sign while entering a clothing store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. (Charles Krupa/AP, File) The following editorial was written by The Washington Post Editorial Board and published on Feb 4, 2022. There was a combination of relief and surprise Friday as the world learned that the U.S. economy added 467,000

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Biden's Vision

President Biden directs $100 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to lower energy bills for working families

On January 24th, President Biden announced that $100 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) would be invested to directly help working families pay their outstanding heating and cooling bills. The BIL funding will send $5,785,953 to Florida, the third-highest amount of any state in the country. When combined with funding from President Biden’s American

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Call to Action

FPL-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in our Sunshine State

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 21, 2022. Florida Power and Light, with the help of state legislators, seems determined to kill solar power for  homeowners. Two years ago I installed solar on my roof. Now, I pay nine dollars a month to FP&L. My panels generate

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Analysis

Higher rates and replacement costs will increase property insurance expense

The content below is sourced from https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2022/01/higher-rates-and-replacement-costs-will-raise-prop-ins By Ron Hurtibise FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Embattled by years of property insurance rate increases, Florida homeowners are about to get hit by a double whammy: Your insurance costs will likely rise even higher than you expected next year as companies increase the replacement value, or the estimated

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Economy

Lip service isn’t getting affordable housing built

Editors note:  Our local paper, The Daily Sun, regularly writes opinions on  local topics of interest. This past week, they twice addressed affordable housing.  Thanks for educating us all on this issue.  Please support our local newspaper by subscribing! The Daily Sun, Editorial Board, October 9, 2021. OUR POSITION: Housing continues to be a troubling

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Economy

DeSantis is ignoring workers’ needs

Editor’s note: This was published as a Letter to the Editor in The Daily Sun on Sept 5, 2021. Members of the Charlotte County Democratic Party have been collecting and donating food to food banks for almost a year. And the need not only continues but increases. There are a lot of people in this

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Analysis

Not rich? Good news: You’re probably getting a tax cut.

President Joe Biden is preparing to unveil another tranche of tax increase proposals, including hiking the top marginal income tax rate and upping levies on capital gains. By BRIAN FALER, Politico,  April 25, 2021 Everyone knows that Democrats want to raise taxes on the rich, but what hasn’t gotten nearly as much notice is how much

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Coronavirus

The American Rescue Plan includes aid for pension plans

Editor’s comment: The pension this bill saves may be your own! By Hazel Bradford, Pension & Investments, March 10, 2021 President Joe Biden is expected to quickly sign the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief measure. Final passage of a massive COVID-19 relief bill came Wednesday with House approval, along a 220-211 mostly party-line vote. The $1.9

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Biden's Vision

The American Rescue Plan to the rescue!

By Fran Dance, Charlotte Dems contributing writer On March 11th, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law. This comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill strategically allocates funding, geared toward low-income and middle-class Americans, to encourage a robust economic recovery while creating a coordinated, national vaccination program to ensure we defeat this virus.

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Economy

Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to

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