Sean Snaith http://wlrn.org en In Florida, Payroll Tax Means It's Still A Cliff http://wlrn.org/post/florida-payroll-tax-means-its-still-cliff <p></p><p>Congress' fiscal cliff compromise may have protected Florida's middle class wage earners from a massive income tax increase, but the small tax increase it didn’t address remains a threat to the recovering state economy.</p><p>Starting Jan. 1, a two percent payroll tax holiday that President Obama put in place in 2010 expires, meaning that the paycheck deduction that funds Social Security will increase by that same two percent.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:50:12 +0000 Rick Stone 7198 at http://wlrn.org In Florida, Payroll Tax Means It's Still A Cliff Drop In Consumer Confidence Doesn't Keep Floridians From Spending http://wlrn.org/post/drop-consumer-confidence-doesnt-keep-floridians-spending <p>Consumer confidence in Florida dropped this month, but retailers were busy over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;op=viewlive&amp;sp_id=1462">National Retail Federation</a> says more people went shopping on Black Friday this year than ever before.</p><p>University of Central Florida <a href="http://iec.ucf.edu/page/About-Dr-Snaith.aspx">Economist Sean Snaith</a> says shoppers may just be more budget conscious and eager to take advantage of big sales.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:15:42 +0000 Gina Jordan 5488 at http://wlrn.org Drop In Consumer Confidence Doesn't Keep Floridians From Spending