Federal Reserve http://wuwf.org en Harper: Oil Spill Recovery Act Good For Local Economy http://wuwf.org/post/harper-oil-spill-recovery-act-good-local-economy <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper begins with the latest from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.</p><p>On Wednesday, Yellen announced that the Fed will continue its current monetary policy, cutting its monthly bond purchases by another $10 billion per month and keeping its key federal funds rate near zero. Further, she told a news conference that inflation was expected to move gradually back to the central bank's 2 percent target.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 10780 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Oil Spill Recovery Act Good For Local Economy Harper: Florida Made-For-Trade, Interest Rates, & Tax Day http://wuwf.org/post/harper-florida-made-trade-interest-rates-tax-day <p></p><p>Time now for our weekly review of the region’s economy with Dr. Rick Harper – Director of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement, and advisor to the Florida Senate.</p><p>Interview Highlights:</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:08 +0000 Rick Harper & Dave Dunwoody 7882 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Florida Made-For-Trade, Interest Rates, & Tax Day Harper: Tepid Job Market To Keep Interest Rates Low http://wuwf.org/post/harper-tepid-job-market-keep-interest-rates-low <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reflects on the latest comments by Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve.&nbsp; Yellen says there’s still a need to boost the nation’s job market, with a continuation of low interest rates until it improves.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sandra Averhart & Rick Harper 7281 at http://wuwf.org Harper: Tepid Job Market To Keep Interest Rates Low Harper: More Wage Theft Protections Needed http://wuwf.org/post/harper-more-wage-theft-protections-needed <p></p><p>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses issues ranging from President Barack Obama’s proposal to toughen regulations for overtime pay to the net worth of the U.S. rebounding back to pre-recession levels.</p><p>Currently, most hourly workers must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than 40 hours a week. Most salaried workers do not need to be paid overtime, unless they earn less than $455 a week. &nbsp;But that works out to $23,660 a year, which is less than the federal poverty level for a family of four.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:31:19 +0000 Rick Harper & Sandra Averhart 6338 at http://wuwf.org Harper: More Wage Theft Protections Needed Rick Harper: Florida Gaming and October Jobs http://wuwf.org/post/rick-harper-florida-gaming-and-october-jobs <div>In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Gaming Impact Study and various issues related to the Florida Legislature’s plans to address the comprehensive gaming legislation in the 2014 session. &nbsp;The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming is holding a series of public hearings around the state. &nbsp;One of those was held this week at Pensacola State College.</div><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:34:31 +0000 Rick Harper & Sandra Averhart 1411 at http://wuwf.org Rick Harper: Florida Gaming and October Jobs