FYI Miami: August 29, 2019
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WAGES TRAIL NATIONAL AVERAGE: Wages in Miami-Dade County were above the average for Florida but below the national average, a US Bureau of Labor Statistics report for the first quarter of this year revealed last week. The average weekly wage in Miami-Dade was $1,129, a touch above the $1,121 state average but below the national $1,184 weekly wage in the nation’s 355 largest counties, the report showed. The Broward County average was of $1,093 was behind the state, Miami-Dade and the nation. Miami-Dade had 1,164,700 employees at 101,900 establishments, and average of 11.4 workers per establishment. Wages in Miami-Dade rose 1.7% from the first quarter of 2018, Broward’s rose 0.8%, the state’s average wage rose 2.1% and the nation’s average climbed 1.4%, the report showed.
STATE GIVES DEERING $200,000: The Deering Estate’s 10,700-square-foot field study research center received a $200,000 funding boost from the state, following approval of a funding request by Florida Rep. Vance Aloupis and Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, according to a county press release. Once finished, the facility will provide temporary living quarters for up to 14 researchers, house an archival library and field staff office for the Palmetto Bay estate and its supportive fundraising nonprofit, the Deering Estate Foundation. On Aug. 15, the foundation hosted Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and other guests for a presentation of the legislative appropriation to begin renovations of the research center, which the release said “will expand the reputation of the Deering Estate as a cultural and ecological field station, as well as a significant research site.”
BUILD ROADS FASTER: Gov. Ron DeSantis has expressed concerns to the head of the Florida Department of Transportation about the cost and length of time to get road projects completed. “I think if you look at some of the price tags in these things, I just want to make sure we are getting the best value,” he said Friday, and he would like infrastructure projects done “as soon as possible and not take forever and a day…. We are working on ways to be able to do that.” He said he wants to see infrastructure projects in Central and Southeast Florida, areas of the state that have the most congestion.
NO SESSION ON GUN CONTROL: With a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for casting votes, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature overwhelmingly rejected a Democratic proposal to hold a special session to address gun violence. The Senate rejected the idea 20-14, while the House turned it down 68-38, according to the Florida Department of State. The votes were almost along straight party lines.