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Minimum Wage Myths – Who in Florida Needs a Raise?

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Fast-food workers around the country have been agitating for raises, and some members of Congress are pressing to increase the national minimum wage. But what would the actual economic impact be of a boost for the lowest-paid workers? Critics [...]

Matt Gaetz wants to legalize fireworks

Are Cherry Bombs and M80s in our future? State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) wants to make fireworks — the booming ones we buy in Alabama and set off in our backyards — legal in Florida. He has filed a bill (HB 4005) that would remove existing state regulations on retail [...]

DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson writes about his Pensacola visit

DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson writes about his Pensacola visit

Ken Lawson, head of Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation took a tour of Pensacola with State Rep. Clay Ingram this week. Here is the report on his website: Interacting with the various groups of licensees that fall under our jurisdiction is one of my most favorite parts [...]

Whatever happened to CMP Children’s Playground…apparently nothing

Whatever happened to CMP Children’s Playground…apparently nothing

In April, attorney Eric Stevenson told the Community Maritime Park Associates board that he represented an anonymous donor who pledged $25,000 to the CMPA board to construct a children's playground. He challenged the CMPA and City to initiate a 120-day pledge drive to raise $250,000 for the [...]

Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition Launches Marketing Efforts in Hamburg

Press Release: With the closest proximity to the Airbus assembly line under construction in Mobile, Ala., five counties in Northwest Florida have formed the Gulf Coast Aerospace Coalition, which is aimed at attracting European-based aerospace supplier companies to Northwest Florida. The Coalition [...]

Chamber shake-up continues

Chamber shake-up continues

The report I have received from those attending today's special executive committee meeting of The Greater Pensacola Chamber is that board has lost eight board members over the past month. Hoteliers will gain governance of the bed taxes, ending an agreement that the chamber has had with the [...]

Hutchinson’s resignation email

The Independent News obtained a copy of John Hutchinson's resignation email: -----Original Message----- From: Hutchinson, John L. Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM To: Sandy Sansing Cc: Jerry Maygarden Subject: FW: Board Dear Sandy I must resign from the Greater Pensacola [...]

Hutchinson will not be new chamber board chairman

The Independent News has learned that John Hutchinson, Gulf Power's Director of Public Affairs and Economic Development, has resigned from the board of directors of the Greater Pensacola Chamber and will not be its incoming chairman for 2013-14. Gary Huston, attorney with Clark, Partington, will be [...]

No fraud at BP claim center in Mobile, Ala.

BP charged last month that it had evidence of fraud at the claims office in Mobile, Ala. David Welker, a former FBI supervisor hired by claims administrator Patrick Junea, said in a letter last week that his investigation found no evidence of fraud in any of the claims handled by the employee, who [...]

Context Florida launches today

Context Florida launches today

Peter Schorsch has launched a new political viewpoint website, Context Florida, which pulls together some on the brightest minds and writers from across the state...and me. The site replaces Florida Voices that ended last May. Here is Peter's first column on Context Florida: As more than [...]

Gambling hearing coming to Pensacola

Gambling hearing coming to Pensacola

Do you want casino gambling in Florida? Pensacola residents will get to voice their opinions in November. The Pensacola hearing is one of four across the state as state lawmakers look at creating comprehensive legislation on gambling - including casinos, dog tracks and poker rooms - that will be [...]

Buzz: PNJ Executive Editor will announce retirement today

Executive Editor Dick Schneider will be announcing his retirement today, leaving the two top editorial spots open for Pensacola's daily newspaper. There is a rumor circulating that he has already sold his home here and will be moving back to Tennessee.

Buzz: The Ax Man Cometh, Layoffs at PNJ

Buzz: The Ax Man Cometh, Layoffs at PNJ

Gannett has mandated layoffs across its newspaper empire. Pensacola News Journal employees aren't escaping the ax. Managing Editor Ginny Graybiel and Columnist Shannon Nickinson were notified yesterday their services will no longer be needed. Over the next few days, we may get a more complete [...]

Sansing gives details on IPC meeting with Hizer and the role of PNJ in it

Sansing gives details on IPC meeting with Hizer and the role of PNJ in it

The daily newspaper has hammered away at the Greater Pensacola Chamber and its chairman Sandy Sansing for telling its former CEO, Jim Hizer, that his employment contract would not be renewed at an evening meeting at the Irish Politicians Club inside McGuire's Irish Pub. What the Pensacola New [...]

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