"Half of all CEOs say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months."
President Barack Obama, Oct. 17 in a public address
The White House pointed us to a recent Business Roundtable survey.
"Fifty percent of responding CEOs indicated that the ongoing disagreement in Washington over the 2014 budget and the debt ceiling is having a negative impact on their plans for hiring additional employees over the next six months," the report reads....
St. Petersburg's mayoral candidates addressed the city's economic health during Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 debate. But competing rhetoric left viewers with a tale of two cities.
Mayor Bill Foster said things are looking up, pointing to the city's unemployment rate. Challenger Rick Kriseman said small businesses and jobs have suffered since Foster took over.
PolitiFact Florida examined each candidate's points....
10/18/13 Working Life
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "cut equal pay for women, calling it 'senseless bureaucracy.' "
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in a press release
This claim stems from four bills passed by the New Jersey Legislature in September 2012 that were designed to narrow the pay gap. Christie signed one, gave conditional vetoes to two and an absolute veto to the other....
TAMPA — Former state Sen. Paula Dockery said Friday that she'll support Democrat Charlie Crist if the 2014 governor's race comes down to him and Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
"I can't see a scenario by which I would stand by a Scott administration," the Lakeland Republican said after speaking to a crowd of 30 at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.
Dockery frequently criticized Scott during her speech. In particular, she took issue with his positions on the environment, transportation, education and private prisons....
TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott continued his five-city "It's Your Money" tax cut tour Thursday at Raymond James Stadium, where he discussed ideas to cut $500 million in taxes and fees from next year's state budget.
Scott touted economic progress in Florida and highlighted the Tampa Bay area to a group of about 30 people. He said that because of the "turnaround," he wants to give some of the surplus back to taxpayers....
House Speaker Will Weatherford spoke to a room of about 50 young professionals Wednesday night as part of an Emerge Tampa Bay event at the Chart House. Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, talked some policy, but focused more on encouraging his contemporaries to get engaged socially and politically.
“I feel like I’m talking to people who are gonna be around for a while,” he said, laughing....
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster interrupted last week's mayoral forum to make an important public service announcement: Don't leave your keys in the car.
The plea came in the middle of a discussion on crime, with Foster noting that good police work can't overcome people's lack of common sense.
"Sixty percent of the auto thefts that we have in the city are caused by people leaving their keys in the car," Foster said....
ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Kathleen Ford tangled over paying for the Lens, the proposed Pier replacement, at a debate last week. Foster said the money was use-it-or-lose-it, while Ford said the plan takes money from the city's general fund.
"If we don't spend money on a pier, then that money does wipe into the general funds of the city or the county, and if you send it to the county, you never see it again," Foster said. ...