TAMPA — Freight brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics is nearly doubling its Tampa workforce, creating up to 200 new jobs as it opens a new carrier service division here.
Total Quality, which goes by TQL, said that in addition to opening new office space on Harbour Island this March, it will launch the carrier services division later this year.
The service center will be TQL's first non-sales division outside of its corporate headquarters in Cincinnati....
Tampa Bay Times' columnist Dan DeWitt takes State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill to task for being "laser-focused" on a job that voters didn't elect him to.
Here's an excerpt:
State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, is "laser focused" on his new job.
He's "worked extremely hard," he wrote in a recent email, and has shown "unconditional commitment" to his cause....
Saying the Florida House violated the Constitution by adjourning three days early, Senate President Andy Gardiner challenged the Florida House to come back into session Friday.
The following is a letter that Gardiner sent today to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli:
April 29, 2015
The Honorable Steve Crisafulli, Speaker Florida House of Representatives
420 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300...
As promised, Gov. Rick Scott has sued the federal government, alleging it was trying to coerce Florida into expanding Medicaid.
Almost immediately after his announcement, Attorney General Pam Bondi endorsed the suit by stating: "The federal government is trying to do precisely what the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Constitution prohibits it from doing-forcing states to expand Medicaid by threatening to cut off funding for unrelated programs. The President, once again, is overstepping his authority, this time by trying to force Florida to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act."...
On Sunday, The Christian Science Monitor explored the question: Is Jeb Bush the 2016 version of Mitt Romney?
In New Hampshire this weekend, there was already the scent of it. Perhaps not overpowering yet, but unmistakable and very familiar.
"I'm sick and tired of mushy, wishy-washy conservatives," one attendee of a Republican gathering for potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire told The Boston Herald....
04/17/15 Working Life
Florida kept creating jobs last month, but not enough in higher-paying categories and not enough to nudge down its unemployment rate.
The jobless rate stood unchanged at 5.7 percent in March, after both February and December's rates were revised upward from 5.6 percent.
That puts Florida above the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.
Chris McCarty of the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic Research sounded underwhelmed by Friday's report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity....
The Tampa Bay Times' John Romano and Robert Trigaux -- Times' metro and business columnist, respectively -- offered two takes on the latest political happenings in the Capitol.
Trigaux writes about how Gov. Rick Scott's job-poaching trip to California has sparked a backlash on the West coast....
.. From the Tampa Bay Times' Ivan Penn:
TALLAHASSEE -- Duke Energy Florida customers will see their electric bills drop on average by $3.45 a month beginning in May after state regulators on Thursday approved an end to charges related to the failed Levy County nuclear project.
But the 1.7 million customers shouldn't get too comfortable with the extra change in their pockets.
Read more here ...
While Florida lawmakers remain at a standstill, another Republican-controlled state legislature moves forward with Medicaid expansion.
The Hill writes here about action in the Montana statehouse.
A Tallahassee take from the Tampa Bay Times' John Romano:
Folks, it's time we face facts.
And the glut of evidence suggests that residents of this glorious state are now intrinsically linked by this one simple truth:
We are morons.
You, me and everyone else.
We are morons for allowing a handful of selfish, egotistical, politically driven hucksters waste billions of our tax dollars while also playing games with people's lives....
04/08/15 Working Life
After posting a strong finish in 2014, Florida job growth has moderated so far this year based on the latest survey from payroll processing firm ADP.
Florida added a modest 14,400 private sector jobs last month, down slightly from February and on par with January.
The state remains third in the nation in job creation behind California (35,700 jobs) and Texas (18,800). But the pace is far off 2014, when job creation topped 20,000 for several months....
03/27/15 State Roundup
The hallmarks of Florida's economic recovery are nothing if not consistent: slow, steady and still elusive for some.
Slow: The state's jobs report for February, released Friday, showed the unemployment rate improving to 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent, with 19,700 jobs added in the month.
Florida's dip into double-digit unemployment seems a distant memory but — going on six years this summer since the official end of the Great Recession — days of 3 percent unemployment have fallen even further past recollection. ...
For the second year in a row, The Villages in central Florida is the fastest growing metro area in the country, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.
The popular retirement mecca grew at a 5.4 percent clip between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 to reach a population of about 114,000.
Six Florida metros were in the top 20 among the fastest-growing. Joining The Villages were Cape Coral-Fort Myers (sixth); Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (10th); Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (16th); North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton (18th); and Panama City (19th)....
03/23/15 Personal Finance
Many Americans entering their sunset years may still be flocking to the Sunshine State. But they may want to think twice, based on one analysis released Monday.
Florida ranks in the bottom half of the pack as the 28th-best state for retirement, according to a new report from financial services firm Bankrate.com based on issues such as cost of living, taxes, health care, crime and climate....
State-run Citizens Property Insurance's policy count has shrunk to its lowest level since its creation 10 years ago.
CEO Barry Gilway told his board Wednesday that his company, which insures property owners who cannot find coverage on the open market, had fallen to 598,408 policies as of March 13. Barring a major storm, Citizens could see its footprint dwindle to 450,000 Florida policies, he predicted....