The new year brings a ten cent per hour raise for minimum wage workers. While it’s bad for businesses that like to lowball employees, to balance it out, workers' compensation rates will be cut and the tax they pay to lease commercial space is also reduced.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Citing concerns about Chinese meddling in American research, House Speaker José Oliva is creating a select committee to investigate Chinese involvement in state research institutions … starting with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
— If you’re a regular reader of Florida Politics, you‘ve no doubt seen the first installments of the most influential Florida politicians from the 2010s. Part 2 of a discussion with publisher Peter Schorsch about who made the list and why.
— With this being the final podcast of the week (and the year), the calendar of events is truly short — since no one likes to work this time of year.
— Not just one, but two year-ending stories of Florida Men, including the guy busted for revving a mower and another accused of armed robbery for stealing a soda by crashing his truck into a bar.