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Florida Price Level Index 2005

The Florida Price Level Index (FPLI) was established by the Legislature as the basis for the District Cost Differential (DCD) in the Florida Education Finance Program. In this role, the FPLI is used to represent the costs of hiring equally qualified personnel across school districts. Since 1995, and at the request of the Legislature, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) at the University of Florida has performed an ongoing review of the methodology of the FPLI and has made appropriate recommendations to improve it.

Publication Date: 
02/02/2006
Author(s): 
Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Pages: 
5 pages

Florida Price Level Index 2006

The Florida Price Level Index (FPLI) was established by the Legislature as the basis for the District Cost Differential (DCD) in the Florida Education Finance Program. In this role, the FPLI is used to represent the costs of hiring equally qualified personnel across school districts.

Publication Date: 
02/22/2007
Author(s): 
Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Pages: 
5 pages

The CPI may be right, believe it or not

Reinaldo Alfonso looks at prices at the gas pump and the grocery store, then he looks at the government's official inflation rate, and the numbers just don't jibe.

''How can it be 5 percent?'' scoffed Alfonso, owner of a Miami landscaping company, after the Labor Department announced that inflation figure on Wednesday. ``I think they're lying about it.''

He isn't the only one.

Delivery drivers feel the burn of rising gas prices

[Sarah] Griffin, 20, has been a delivery driver for Pizza Hut on Archer Road since November 2007. [W]hen Griffin started in November, the average gallon of gas cost a little more than $3.

Now, with many college students out of town and gas prices at a national average of more than $4 per gallon, she has had to take a second job to make enough money.

Like Griffin, many local student delivery drivers and the delivery companies they work for have had to adjust to the effects of the increase in gas prices on their profits.

Gas Prices, Debt Sink Florida Consumer Sentiment to Near All-Time Low

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 27 (AScribe Newswire) -- Tax stimulus checks failed to blunt the damaging effects of record gas prices and rising debt on Florida's Consumer Sentiment in May, causing it to drop one point to 65 and hit a new 16-year record low, according to the latest statistics from the University of Florida.

Until now, last month's reading had been Consumer Sentiment's lowest level since December 1991, when the index fell to 64 and reached its all-time low, said Chris McCarty, director of UF's Survey Research Center at the Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Floridians close wallets as Consumer Sentiment sinks

According to survey figures released Tuesday, statewide Consumer Sentiment fell again this month, surpassing a 16-year low recorded in March.

The results of the monthly University of Florida survey was one of several pieces of unpleasant economic news that came out Tuesday. Among the others:

• A national home-price survey showed that the South Florida market was the second-fastest-falling in the nation in February.

• A study found that Florida ranked fourth in the nation for the number of mortgage foreclosures during the first quarter.

Incredible shrinking dollar

Gas and grocery costs are giving consumers the shakes.

Continue to 2nd paragraph We shake our heads when filling up gas tanks as the price scrolls way past what used to fill them up.

We shake our heads when a small basket of groceries produces a bill that used to buy a large basketful.

Those are the main culprits taking a bite out of our purchasing power, with ripple effects on the cost of just about everything.

Living in Polk Gets Cheaper

Life in Polk County got cheaper in 2006 … relatively speaking. A recently released report from the University of Florida says so, ranking Polk's cost of living 35th out of the state's 67 counties, a decrease from the previous year.

The 2006 Florida County Retail Price Index ranks Monroe as the state's most expensive county, at No. 1, while No. 67 Washington is the cheapest. Polk's new rating was down from 25th in the 2005 report.

Florida Price Level Index 2007

The Florida Price Level Index (FPLI), established by the Legislature as the basis for the District Cost Differential (DCD) in the Florida Education Finance Program, is used to represent the costs of hiring equally qualified personnel across school districts.

Publication Date: 
11/30/2007
Author(s): 
Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Pages: 
4 pages

Economic Analysis

The Economic Analysis Program was formed in 2002 through the merger of two longstanding Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) programs: Forecasting and Policy Studies. Staff members conduct research on a variety of economic issues that have policy implications for the state of Florida. Recent topics have included economic conditions that affect the demand for transportation infrastructure; the relationship between income growth, population growth and regional physical characteristics; regional differences in price level indexes; alternative methods for certifying special educators; and the impact of smoking bans on restaurant sales.

The BEBR Economic Analysis Program receives research contracts from a variety of state and federal agencies and often collaborates with research centers at other universities in Florida. Its research is published regularly in scholarly journals and as technical reports for government agencies. Staff members make presentations on Florida's economy to business, civic and government groups throughout the state and often provide analytical insights to members of the media.

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