federal budget http://wlrn.org en South Florida Food Banks Prepare For Funding Cuts http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-food-banks-prepare-funding-cuts <p>Florida's food programs are bracing for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that kick in Nov. 1 --- while watching warily as U.S. House and Senate conferees prepare to negotiate a federal farm bill, which could have much more far-reaching consequences for hungry Floridians.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Margie Menzel & News Service of Florida 22753 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Food Banks Prepare For Funding Cuts Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data http://wlrn.org/post/economists-fear-flying-blind-without-government-data Talk to economists about the government shutdown's impact on their forecasts and you'll hear this phrase again and again:<p>Flying blind.<p>For economists and investors, "at this moment, we are flying blind," said Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and now president of Greenspan Associates LLC, a consulting firm.<p>Greenspan is not alone in feeling a little lost without the compass of government reports.<p>"We have not been collecting the data, so we are <a href="http://www.mesirowfinancial.com/economics/swonk/themes/themes_1013.pdf">flying blind</a>," said Diane Swonk, pas Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:24:29 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 22297 at http://wlrn.org Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default http://wlrn.org/post/congress-approves-bill-end-government-shutdown-avert-default Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.<p>The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:24:11 +0000 22261 at http://wlrn.org Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-public-debt <p></p><p>The picture above shows the beginning of a second runway at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport that, once completed, is expected to cost $2.3 billion. The runway is just part of a multi-billion dollar expansion project already underway.</p><p>More than half of the project is being paid for with borrowed money. The Broward County Aviation Department will eventually assume $1.5 billion in public debt. Last week, it successfully sold $450 million worth of public bonds to continue the construction project.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 22081 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt Shutdown Roundup: How The Budget Drama Could Impact Students And Schools In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/shutdown-roundup-how-budget-drama-could-impact-students-and-schools-florida <div id="attachment_20343" class="wp-caption module image right" style="width: 199px;"><a class="fancybox" title="Schools and students in Florida are in trouble if the money runs out." href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/Ambro-broke-guy.jpg" rel=""><img class="size-medium wp-image-20343" alt="Schools and students in Florida are in trouble if the money runs out." src="http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/files/2013/10/Ambro-broke-guy-199x300.jpg" width="199" height="300" /></a> <p class="wp-media-credit">Ambro / freedigitalphotos.net<p><p class="wp-caption-text">Schools and st Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:20:04 +0000 Sammy Mack 22014 at http://wlrn.org Shutdown Roundup: How The Budget Drama Could Impact Students And Schools In Florida How The Federal Shutdown Affects South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/how-federal-shutdown-affects-south-florida <p></p><p>Payday comes and goes with pinched paychecks for thousands of federal government workers, as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues. W<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e look at how South Florida, from Palm Beach to the Keys, is dealing with it.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Fail once, try, try again. The state takes a second swing at purging voter rolls.</span></p><p>And in this odd-year election season, we look at some local races and ballot questions - and the big drama at Doral City Hall.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 21967 at http://wlrn.org How The Federal Shutdown Affects South Florida Broward County Isn't Bleeding Jobs Anymore But Hiring Has Stalled http://wlrn.org/post/broward-county-isnt-bleeding-jobs-anymore-hiring-has-stalled <p></p><p>Animals and transportation. Those are two areas Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry says residents would like to expand county services. And while the county has seen its finances improve as the housing market has recovered somewhat, the county is not looking to expand its workforce.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 21956 at http://wlrn.org Broward County Isn't Bleeding Jobs Anymore But Hiring Has Stalled Why The U.S. Should Pay People To Dig Holes And Fill Them Up To Create Jobs http://wlrn.org/post/why-us-should-pay-people-dig-holes-and-fill-them-create-jobs <p></p><p>Paul Krugman is a lightning rod for economic criticism. He's used to it. For several years Krugman has argued in his <em>New York Times</em> columns for more government stimulus spending, not less.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 21901 at http://wlrn.org Why The U.S. Should Pay People To Dig Holes And Fill Them Up To Create Jobs Q&A With Paul Krugman: How Illiteracy In Economics Impacts U.S. Politics http://wlrn.org/post/qa-paul-krugman-how-illiteracy-economics-impacts-us-politics <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; ">Since 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Princeton University professor Paul </span>Krugman<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left; "> has been a loud and consistent voice calling for more government stimulus to help the American economy recover from the Great Recession, induced to a large extent by the financial implosion on Wall Street.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 21765 at http://wlrn.org Q&A With Paul Krugman: How Illiteracy In Economics Impacts U.S. Politics Morale Plummets For Federal Workers Facing Unending Furlough http://wlrn.org/post/morale-plummets-federal-workers-facing-unending-furlough The work that Shaun O'Connell does is required by law, yet now he's sidelined by the government shutdown.<p>O'Connell reviews disability claims for the Social Security Administration in New York, checking that no one's gaming the system, while ensuring people with legitimate medical problems are compensated properly.<p>Billions of dollars are at stake with this kind of work, yet O'Connell is considered a nonessential employee for purposes of the partial government shutdown.<p>"If you stick with the semantics of essential and nonessential, you could easily be offended," says O'Connell, who has Sat, 05 Oct 2013 15:47:52 +0000 21680 at http://wlrn.org Morale Plummets For Federal Workers Facing Unending Furlough Tourists, Workers Turned Away As U.S. Shutdown Hits South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/tourists-workers-turned-away-us-shutdown-hits-south-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">&ldquo;Closed&rdquo; signs went up at national parks, and federal employees went home across South Florida on Tuesday as the federal government limped its way through the first day of a shutdown.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:21:26 +0000 Hannah Sampson & Douglas Hanks 21517 at http://wlrn.org Tourists, Workers Turned Away As U.S. Shutdown Hits South Florida Beyond The Shutdown, There's A Bigger Battle Brewing http://wlrn.org/post/beyond-shutdown-theres-bigger-battle-brewing This week's government shutdown could be just a warmup for an even bigger budget battle in a couple of weeks.<p>Congress has to raise the limit on the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow by Oct. 17. If the debt ceiling is not raised on time, President Obama warns that Washington won't be able to keep paying its bills.<p>"It'd be far more dangerous than a government shutdown, as bad as a shutdown is," Obama said Tuesday. "It would be an economic shutdown."<p>No one is exactly sure what would happen if the government suddenly had to make do without a credit card. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:10:10 +0000 Scott Horsley 21489 at http://wlrn.org Beyond The Shutdown, There's A Bigger Battle Brewing U.S. Shutdown Leaves Local Taxpayers Out In The Cold http://wlrn.org/post/us-shutdown-leaves-local-taxpayers-out-cold <p>South Florida branches of the Internal Revenue Service are among the agency offices being affected by the current U.S. government shutdown.</p><p>And the situation is leaving some local taxpayers angry and frustrated.</p><p>Seventy-one-year old Alfonso Valencia of Sunrise said he was summoned by letter to the IRS&#39; Plantation office several days ago to settle a real estate tax matter in person.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>When told that the office is closed until further notice, he took it in stride. Nevertheless, he stomped his foot down on the pavement -- hard.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 21476 at http://wlrn.org U.S. Shutdown Leaves Local Taxpayers Out In The Cold A Look At The Impact Of The U.S. Shutdown On South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/look-impact-us-shutdown-south-florida <p>Much of South Florida may not notice that large parts of the federal government shut down early Tuesday, but Washington&rsquo;s budget stalemate promises to bring <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-sfla-government-shutdown-20130930,0,295589.story" target="_blank">a list of challenges for the region</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:15:46 +0000 Douglas Hanks & Hannah Sampson 21447 at http://wlrn.org A Look At The Impact Of The U.S. Shutdown On South Florida Economists Say Shutdown Will Hurt, But Hard To Add It Up http://wlrn.org/post/economists-say-shutdown-will-hurt-hard-add-it After weeks of wondering what would happen, Americans now know:<p>1. Congress missed the midnight funding deadline for the new fiscal year, triggering disruptions in government operations.<p>2. That will slow economic growth, at least in the short term.<p>But just how far the damage will go is far from clear. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:37:53 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 21435 at http://wlrn.org Economists Say Shutdown Will Hurt, But Hard To Add It Up