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Hobby Lobby employee touts generous pay and benefits

Hobby Lobby employee touts generous pay and benefits

The Daily Beast reported last Friday that national retailer Hobby Lobby became the largest corporation to defy new Affordable Care Act regulations, after the Oklahoma-based chain announced that it would refuse to comply with requirements to provide employees with insurance coverage for emergency [...]

Alfresco food court to open first food trailer in February

Alfresco food court to open first food trailer in February

Alfresco’s, the food court on the corner of Palafox and Main streets, is close to opening, at least partially. Two Airstream trailers are being placed on the property. Z Taco, with a Fresh Mex menu, is set to open late February. Gouda Stuff, with gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, will open [...]

R.I.P. Distinctive Kitchens

R.I.P. Distinctive Kitchens

A downtown retail mainstay since 2004, Distinctive Kitchens has closed. The doors have been locked for weeks. A "Closed for Inventory" sign has been on the front door throughout the holiday shopping season. Owner Robin Martin gambled on downtown Pensacola taking his business Pensacola Appliance, [...]

Now the bad news about fiscal check. Your paycheck will be hit

Now the bad news about fiscal check. Your paycheck will be hit

The Payroll Tax Cut, which reduced your share of payroll taxes by 2 percent and increased your net pay, expired on Dec. 31, 2012 and was not renewed by Congress. I'm told that there are bills currently being considered in Congress that may change this but until the lawmakers act to further [...]

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

The Florida state sales tax deduction has been extended for two year, as part of the fiscal cliff deal between Congress and the White House. Had it not been extended, then we would not have been allowed to claim the deduction on our 2012 federal tax return. It would have also put Florida at a [...]

Good news on fiscal cliff deal: GE keeps wind tax credit

Good news on fiscal cliff deal: GE keeps wind tax credit

A one-year extension of the tax credit for the wind industry was included in the fiscal cliff deal that Congress passed yesterday. The tax credit, which was critical to GE Energy staying open in Pensacola, is worth 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of energy produced by new wind installations for their [...]

Falling off fiscal cliff could hit your next paycheck

CNN has figured out that if no deal happens today the falling off the fiscal cliff will have a full impact for a few weeks. The biggest immediate impact will be on Social Security taken out of your first 2013 paycheck. Workers will see 6.2 percent taken of their wages---up from the 4.2 percent [...]

Top Five Economic Trends to reshape Moblie, Escambia County and Pensacola

Top Five Economic Trends to reshape Moblie, Escambia County and Pensacola

The Mobile Press Register has published the top five economic trends that it believes will reshape Mobile in 2013. Of course, the Airbus assembly plant tops the list. The $600-million plant to be built at Blakely Field is expected to employ 1,000 people by 2016. The groundbreaking is set for [...]

Sticky fingers caught with $18 million of maple syrup. Mrs. Buttersworth?

New York Times reports that Quebec police have arrested three men in connection with the theft of $18-million worth of maple syrup from a warehouse. The commodity was owned by the Canadian syrup cartel and part of the Canadian maple syrup reserve. Wait a second. There's a syrup cartel and syrup [...]

Pensacola, Milton Wal-Marts sold out of semi-automatic rifles

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has suspended sales of rifles similar to the one used at Sandy Hook school at its more than 500 stores. Wal-Mart has not. The media is reporting brisk sales of guns since the Conn. school shooting where 20 children were killed after being shot multiple times with a [...]

Merger helps Gulf Winds Federal expand to Tallahassee

Press Release: Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union announces their merger with SCORE Federal Credit Union (SCORE FCU) in Tallahassee, Fla. The merger has been approved by the National Credit Union Administration and on January 1, 2013, SCORE FCU will become Gulf Winds. The merger with SCORE FCU will [...]

Big Deal at the Airport

A big deal is brewing at the Pensacola International Airport. While local officials have kept the lid on the details fairly tight, it appears something is in the works. During last night’s Pensacola City Council meeting, City Administrator Bill Reynolds noted that Mayor Ashton Hayward wished [...]

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