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Florida and Orlando: Choosing the Future after the Recession

The Reubin O’D Askew Institute on Politics and Society has partnered with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research to develop a series of Florida Focus papers that highlight how various regions in Florida are positioning themselves to move forward after the Great Recession. This paper – the second in the series – is a background essay written for participants in a meeting titled “Orlando:  Choosing Our Future after the Great Recession,” that was co‐sponsored by the Askew Institute and the City of Orlando on May 18, 2011.

 

Publication Date: 
05/24/2011
Author(s): 
Holt, Lynne; Colburn, David
Pages: 
11 pages

Jacksonville: Choosing a Future

In September 2010, public television broadcast a program titled “Florida: Choosing the Future.” This program was produced with support from the Fred Friendly Seminars, the Florida Humanities Council, WEDU-Tampa, and the Reubin O’D. Askew Institute on Politics and Society at the University of Florida. Its purpose was to promote a broad-based discussion among Florida’s community leaders on the nature of Florida’s public policies as related to government, business development, education, the environment, and citizen participation.

Publication Date: 
02/24/2011
Author(s): 
Holt, Lynne
Pages: 
15 pages

Disability Perceptions and Experiences in the State of Florida

On the 2000 US Census, more than 3.2 million Floridians, or 22.2% of the state’s population, reported having a disability. Public understanding and awareness of disability is important to assure that persons with a disability are not discriminated against and also that they are included in planning for programs and services. In order to serve the growing number of Floridians with disabilities, the Florida Office on Disability & Health, or FODH, was established at the University of Florida through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Publication Date: 
10/04/2010
Author(s): 
Andresen, Elena M.; DeFries Bouldin, Erin; Friary, John; Moorhouse, Michael
Pages: 
13 pages

An Analysis of Annual Migration Flows in Florida, 1980 – 2008

Florida has been one of the most rapidly growing states in the United States for many years, but growth rates have fluctuated considerably from one year to the next. Most of these fluctuations were caused by changes in the number of people moving into and out of the state. In this issue of Florida Focus, we examine annual migration trends in Florida from 1980 to 2008, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data refer solely to people moving from one state to another; they do not include foreign immigrants.

Publication Date: 
03/15/2010
Author(s): 
Smith, Stanley K.; Cody, Scott
Pages: 
8 pages

Battleground Voters: Partisanship, Issues, and Retrospective Evaluations in Florida 2008

In spite of the historic campaign events and election result, 2008 followed some more or less usual patterns in shaping voter choice. Using survey data collected by the Survey Research Center (SRC) in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida in October and November 2008, this analysis shows that Florida voters were strongly influenced by partisanship and retrospective evaluations of the Bush presidency. A few issues were also modestly important in shaping vote choices.

Publication Date: 
05/15/2009
Author(s): 
Martinez, Michael D.
Pages: 
10 pages

Increasing Florida’s Sales Tax Revenue from Internet Purchases

Florida, as one of only seven states to levy no tax on personal income, relies significantly more on the sales tax to fund its services than do states with a personal income tax. Since all consumers purchasing goods or services online are legally required to pay either sales or use tax, online transactions may represent a considerable source of revenue. To capture some of this revenue, Florida may wish to revise its tax laws, either by joining the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) or by making smaller, technical modifications. This article explores issues surrounding each option.

Publication Date: 
05/01/2009
Author(s): 
Holt, Lynne; Lotfinia, Babak
Pages: 
7 pages

Consumers' Attitude toward Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency: The Role of Electric Rates

Federal, state, and utility measures provide incentives for people to use electricity more efficiently or consume less energy. However, the effectiveness of such incentives depends on consumers’ behavior. Through analysis of survey data, Dr. Lynne Holt and Ms. Carol Jacobson Larson explain consumers’ attitudes toward energy conservation and energy efficiency as a means of meeting Florida’s electricity needs. Of particular interest is the use of electric rates in affecting consumer behavior.

Publication Date: 
11/01/2008
Author(s): 
Holt, Lynne; Larson, Carol Jacobson
Pages: 
7 pages

Research Reports: Florida Focus

Publication Date Titlesort icon Author(s) File
01/31/2014 Florida Price Level Index 2013 Dewey, James F FPLI_SP_2013_2-7-2014.pdf
02/06/2013 Florida Price Level Index 2012 Dewey, James F; Denslow, David, Irwin, Eve FPLI_SP_2012 2-6-2012.pdf
01/11/2013 Making the Housing Unit Method Work: An Evaluation of 2010 Population Estimates in Florida Stanley K. Smith, Scott Cody Download Report
04/03/2012 Baby Boom Retirees - 2012 Florida Regional Economic Symposium Dewey, James F; Denslow, David Baby Boom Retirees - 2012 Florida Regional Economic Symposium.pdf
04/03/2012 Low, Declining, Polarizing - 2012 Florida Regional Economic Symposium Dewey, James F; Denslow, David Low, Declining, Polarizing - 2012 Florida Regional Economic Symposium.pdf
01/12/2012 Florida Price Level Index 2011 Dewey, James F; Denslow, David, Irwin, Eve Download Report
07/29/2011 Evaluation of Population Forecast Errors for Florida and Its Counties, 1980 – 2010 Smith, Stanley K.; Rayer, Stefan Download report
06/27/2011 Evaluation of Population Estimates in Florida: April 1, 2010 Smith, Stanley K.; Cody, Scott Download Report
05/24/2011 Florida and Orlando: Choosing the Future after the Recession Holt, Lynne; Colburn, David Download Report
03/15/2011 Analysis of a Florida Beverage Container Deposit Refund System Dewey, James F; Denslow, David; Chavez, Belen; Romero, Henrique; Holt, Lynne Download Report
02/24/2011 Jacksonville: Choosing a Future Holt, Lynne Download Report
02/24/2011 Jacksonville: Choosing a Future — detailed version Holt, Lynne Download Report
01/24/2011 Florida Price Level Index 2010 Dewey, James F; Denslow, David, Irwin, Eve Download Report
10/04/2010 Disability Perceptions and Experiences in the State of Florida Andresen, Elena M.; DeFries Bouldin, Erin; Friary, John; Moorhouse, Michael Download Report
07/21/2010 Annual IRS In- and Out-Migration Data for MSAs, 1985-86 to 2007-08 Denslow, David Annual IRS Migration MSAs.zip

The Demographic Impact of The 2004 Hurricane Season In Florida

By most measures, the 2004 hurricane season was the worst in Florida’s history. Four hurricanes blasted through the state between August 13 and September 25, with Charley making landfall on the southwest coast near Punta Gorda, Frances on the southeast coast near Stuart, Ivan in the panhandle near Pensacola, and Jeanne nearly retracing the route followed by Frances. This was the first time in recorded history that four hurricanes had struck Florida in a single year. Most parts of the state were hit by at least one of the hurricanes and some were hit by two or even three.

Publication Date: 
07/01/2005
Author(s): 
Smith, Stanley K.; McCarty, Christopher
Pages: 
9 pages

Florida’s 2004 Hurricane Season: Local Effects

Florida was struck by four devastating hurricanes in 2004. In a previous issue of Florida Focus, we presented the results of a survey designed to assess the impact of those hurricanes at the state level. Those results provided a useful statewide overview, but provided no information on the impact of the hurricanes on local areas in Florida. Since some of the most populous parts of the state were largely unaffected by the hurricanes, state-level results understate the impact of the hurricanes on many local areas.

Publication Date: 
10/01/2005
Author(s): 
McCarty, Christopher; Smith, Stanley K.
Pages: 
13 pages
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