Rick Harper

Economics with Rick Harper
7:34 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Stronger Economy Expected In 2014

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the outlook for 2014. Harper expects this year to be a little bit better than 2013. “The main reason for that is that we’ll see less of a drag coming from the federal sector. The slow down in federal spending last year probably subtracted 1.5 percentage points from GDP (Growth Domestic Product) growth. We could have been up almost 4 percent," Harper says.

According to Harper, the shrinkage in government spending should be less in 2014, with some of the hardest hits already with Sequestration.

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Residents Likely to See Tax Cuts
6:52 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Florida General Revenue Estimate Positive

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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses Florida’s general revenue estimate for Florida, which projects what the sales and use tax revenues will be.   The latest forecast from state economists shows an increase o f$300 million relative to the summer projection. 

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Online Shopping Continues Growth
5:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Harper Projects Modest Holiday Retail Sales

Dr. Rick Harper
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In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses holiday retail sales, noting that the forecast calls for a relatively soft season.  Specifically, he says Cyber Monday shopping continues to grow at a higher rate than in stores, although the rate of growth is more modest than the 8 to 10 percent clip in years past.  One of the marketing tools created to combat that trend is Small Business Saturday.

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10:34 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rick Harper: Florida Gaming and October Jobs

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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.  The Florida Senate Committee on Gaming is holding a series of public hearings around the state.  One of those was held this week at Pensacola State College.

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