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Volunteerism and US Civil Society

Social scientists have long noted that volunteerism plays a significantly larger role in American civic life than it does in other countries. In fact, Americans are 15 percent more likely to volunteer their time than the Dutch, 21 percent more likely than the Swiss, and 32 percent more likely than Germans. And yet, despite these statistics, they have begun to raise alarm bells about a decline in US volunteerism.

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Orlando Lawyer John Morgan Petitioning to Put $15/Hour Minimum Wage on 2020 Ballot

After spearheading efforts to pass a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana, Orlando attorney John Morgan said Tuesday he is moving ahead with a ballot drive aimed at gradually raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Morgan said a group he leads has collected more than 120,000 petition signatures, far more than needed to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the proposed ballot wording.

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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Trustee Luncheon: March 7, 2018

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Finance Employees Are Fastest Growing Segment of Local Government Workforce

Most local governments haven’t been on hiring sprees lately. But one area where they appear to be adding employees is finance.

The latest data from the Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll shows that employees working in finance-related roles increased 5.4 percent between 2014 and 2017

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2018’s Best & Worst Places for Military Retirees

According to the Veterans Association, there are over 19.6 million veterans currently living in the U.S.

To help military veterans find the best places in which to settle down roots based on their status, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. Two Florida cities – Tampa and Orlando – are among the top ten.

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Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

A new infographic from the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center profiles 11 states that have experienced impressive declines in their return-to-prison rates since recidivism was at its most recent peak in each state. Using the most up-to-date data from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, the infographic highlights three-year re-incarceration rates as reported by state corrections agencies.

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Ensuring a strong and responsive business climate is crucial to Florida’s future. To attract and retain increasingly mobile entrepreneurs, contractors, and on-demand employees and employers, it is important that we provide a supportive environment for employers and continue to invest in education, workforce, infrastructure, and other systems.  A competitive business environment will also limit new laws and regulations that may inhibit emerging technology and business models.

The Florida 2030 research discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead as well as identifying goals for 2030.  Goals for building a competitive business climate include:

  • Ensure Florida does not impose new burdensome and uncompetitive workplace mandates.
  • Protect Florida’s right-to-work status and monitor changes in other states to assess the impact to Florida’s business climate.
  • Ensure the 1099 workforce and telecommuter workforce have clear guidelines for workplace mandates and liabilities.

For more information on preparing Florida’s business climate for the uncertainties ahead, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting www.Florida2030.org

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