Will one quarter of Florida’s population be seniors by 2030? Or are fewer retirees moving to the Sunshine State with promise of younger folks on the horizon?
An article in The Huffington Postalleges Florida’s population growth is heading in the wrong direction. It says over the next 18 years retiring Baby Boomers will give the state one of the oldest populations on the planet while what Florida needs instead is college-educated 30-somethings. But, Orlando economist Dr. Hank Fishkind said the article’s conclusions are misleading.
The level of economic freedom in the sunshine state has been in decline. That’s according to the Economic Freedom of North America Index released last week by the conservative non-profit Frasier Institute.
The annual report from the Canadian based think tank measures and ranks the level of economic freedom in the 50 states and the Canadian provinces. The report considers the size of government, taxation and labor market freedom to determine how much control individuals, entreprenuers and businesses have over their financial resources.
We spoke with Florida Gulf Coast University Economics Professor Dean Stansel about the report, and what Florida’s ranking indicates about the prospects for economic recovery.
The annual Sunshine State Survey commissioned by Leadership Florida, covered topics such as immigration, fiscal soundness and education.
More than half of the 1,200 people polled identified job creation and the economy as the most pressing issues facing the state. And, although education reform remains high on Governor Scott’s agenda, not many residents agree. Primary education reform scored a distant second in the survey, conducted by the Nielsen Company.
Those findings don’t surprise Dr. Susan A. MacManus, Political Science professor at the University of South Florida.
“Loud and clear, when you’re worried about a home and a job, a lot of other things, while you might care about them, are just not as pressing.”
This year marks year four of the annual Sunshine State Survey which lawmakers and stakeholders will use to determine and shape public policy.
You can view the survey in its entirety at leadership florida.org.