Florida News – Highlights from around the state – January 10th
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- In U-Haul's most recent migration survey Florida is now the #1 destination in the country topping Texas for the first time. The top destinations currently are the Kissimmee, Ocala, West Palm Beach, Port Saint Lucie and Bradenton-Sarasota metros.
- Florida’s high-school graduation rate rose 0.8% to reach 86.9% statewide. The five-year improvement in graduation rate is now 9% and nearly 27% over the past fifteen years. In Broward the graduation rate was 86.2%, Miami-Dade 85.6% and 87.1% in Palm Beach County.
- According to the Florida Chamber Foundation – 2020 is set to be another great year for Florida’s economy with the state in position to add 200,000 new jobs,amid an economy that continues to outpace the rest of the country. The Chamber is also expecting an increase in the population growth rate from 640 residents per day in 2019 to an average of 900 per day in 2020. The Chamber identified the biggest long-term threat to our economy as the $15 per hour proposed minimum wage increase set to be on our ballots in November as a proposed constitutional amendment.
- Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has indicated that he’ll announce a run for congress on Wednesday. He’s set to challenge Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida’s 26th. A freshman Democrat, Debbie’s voting record ties Donna Shalala’s as the hardest left of any Democrats in Florida over the past year.