Monday, November 12, 2018


Graham Brink, Business columnist

Graham Brink, Business columnist

Graham Brink is business columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. Graham, who earned a master's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, joined the Times in 1997 as an intern, and spent the next 10 years as a reporter. He became an assistant metro editor in 2006, the business editor in 2008 and the metro editor in 2014. Before joining the Times, he eked out a meager living as a freelance photographer and ran a small lawn care company. The best decision he every made was asking his wife to marry him. They live in St. Petersburg with their son.

What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

Three takeaways from the midterms
Published: 11/09/18
Traffic backs up on I-275 in Malfunction Junction in Tampa. Times files.

What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

There’s a lot to unpack from the midterms.Will the recounts change the outcome of any of the statewide races?Can polling find a better model, one that predicts the actual winners?Will felons who have served their sentences really...
Published: 11/09/18
Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

Florida election results for U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott, Bill Nelson

Follow along as the Times' politics team tracks the election results.
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18

Sale of businesses in Tampa Bay on track for record year

The number of businesses sold in the Tampa Bay area has jumped this year, following a national trend.The area has recorded 425 small business sales through the end of September, 100 more than for the same period last year, according to
Published: 11/05/18
FEMA is exploring ways to revamp how it sets flood insuracne premiums.  [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]

Five questions with one of the nation’s top flood insurance officials

David Maurstad’s official title is a mouthful: deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The job includes making sure communities are as ready as possible for natural disasters.
Published: 11/02/18
Yogi Goswam, a mechanical engineer at the University of South Florida, developed the world's first molecular air purifier, which not only traps pollutants in the air, but also breaks them down into natural compounds like water and carbon dioxide. Photo courtesy of Molekule.

Molekule: An air purification company with Tampa Bay ties scores $25 million investment.

Molekule, an air filtration company with roots in Tampa Bay, has come a long way in the past few years.The company says it has grown to 80 employees and hit more than $1 million in sales every month since launching its flagship portable...
Published: 11/01/18
Updated: 11/05/18
U.S. stock markets moved lower again on Friday. (Associated Press)

Falling stock markets take toll on Tampa Bay area companies.

October hasn’t been kind to stock prices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is off nearly 7 percent, the S&P 500 almost 9 percent and the Nasdaq 11 percent. The sell off has ensnared many of the Tampa Bay area’s largest companies. Raymond...
Updated one month ago
Inflation is eating into Florida's anemic wage growth.

Floridians can’t get ahead on wages. Blame inflation and a gut punch from Great Recession.

Ten years ago, Florida had already begun its alarming descent from full employment to jobless netherworld.Fueled by a bursted housing bubble and resulting banking crisis, the unemployment rate reached a scary 11.3 percent in early 2010.
Updated one month ago
Amendment 1 would give many homeowners an additional $25,000 homestead exemption.  (Carlton Ward Jr., National Geographic Creative)

Amendment 1 more of a worry for Tampa Bay governments than area businesses

If approved by voters, Amendment 1 would expand the homestead exemption and suck millions of dollars from local government coffers.Hillsborough’s county government, for instance, stands to lose up to $30 million. Tampa pegged its deficit at...
Published: 10/24/18
Updated: 11/02/18
Senator Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott. (Times files)

Brink: Why Florida’s economy isn’t helping Rick Scott’s Senate run

Florida’s governor often gets the credit, or the blame, for the condition of the state’s economy.Maybe too much, given all the forces at play beyond his control. But the governor is the state’s top fiscal dog, more than any member of Congress...
Updated one month ago