Rick Harper http://wuwf.org en Harper Expects Good Economic Outlook For Florida http://wuwf.org/post/harper-expects-good-economic-outlook-florida <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the meeting of state economists this week in Tallahassee. Florida has an office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) that reports on the economy to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.</p><p>“EDR every year has to produce the state economic outlook.&nbsp; And, one of the most important reasons to do that is because the governor as we head into autumn is going to be evaluating various proposals for state programs or tax relief and has to know the health of the economy,” says Harper.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:07:07 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 12908 at http://wuwf.org Harper Expects Good Economic Outlook For Florida Harper: Sales Tax Holiday Yields Mixed Results http://wuwf.org/post/harper-sales-tax-holiday-yields-mixed-results <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the benefits of the <a href="http://www.dor.myflorida.com" target="_blank">Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday </a>that’s taking place this weekend (Aug 1-3), in Florida and Alabama. This is the second of three sales tax holidays in Florida this year.</p><p>The Hurricane Tax Free Holiday was held May 31-June 8. In September, there will be a sales tax holiday on the purchase of energy efficient appliances.</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:10:47 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 12661 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Sales Tax Holiday Yields Mixed Results Harper: Local Job Growth Impressive, World Growth Disappointing http://wuwf.org/post/harper-local-job-growth-impressive-world-growth-disappointing <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projecting economic growth for 2014.</p><p>“It’s down somewhat...and a little disappointing” says Harper, noting IMF’s world GDP growth forecast of 3.4 percent for the remainder of the year. That's a little better than the 3.2% the world economy managed in 2013. However, their April forecast had been 3.6%. “So it’s a slight slowdown and we’re seeing that in a couple of different countries.”</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:51:35 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 12327 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Local Job Growth Impressive, World Growth Disappointing Harper: 'Blues' Boost Tourism, Local Foreclosures Drop http://wuwf.org/post/harper-blues-boost-tourism-local-foreclosures-drop <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on Blue Angels weekend on Pensacola Beach. ‘Red, White and Blues Week’ follows the Fourth&nbsp;of July holiday weekend, which provides a critical boost to the local tourism industry over a stretch of about a week-and-a-half.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:19:45 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 12038 at http://wuwf.org Harper: 'Blues' Boost Tourism, Local Foreclosures Drop Harper: Packed Beaches Great For Local Economy http://wuwf.org/post/harper-packed-beaches-great-local-economy <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the importance of the month of July to Northwest Florida’s tourism industry.</p><p>“In our climate zone, July is far and away the biggest month. It’s the month in which hoteliers and restaurateurs are able to charge top dollar, keep the place full. That’s when they pack away the profits they’ll need to make their lease or mortgage payments throughout the rest of the year,” says Harper, who adds that there are indications that it’s a good July this year.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:55:43 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 11729 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Packed Beaches Great For Local Economy