Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Guest: Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system. -Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions. -Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Friday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 PM
Boating Accident: Miami-Dade County Fire Union Responds A deadly boating accident on the Fourth of July has roused a heated debate amongst Miami-Dade County's Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county's fire union. There are concerns from the union about the lack of resources, such as fire boats, that could have been used during the search for missing boaters. The union claims that cuts to the budget have kept these boats docked since 2011. But, Mayor Gimenez is blaming the union for not cross-utilizing resources with the fire crew at PortMiami.
Guest: Omar Blanco, Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403
Miami-Dade Voters Favor Libraries in New Poll A new poll commissioned by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that county-wide, 80 percent of Miami-Dade voters oppose cuts to the libraries. The majority want the county to find a solution to preserve library funding, with some favoring making cuts from other services without raising property taxes . Guest: Lilly Weinberg, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Broward News in Review Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo joins Helen on the program to discuss some top stories making news in Broward County:
•New opponents to All Aboard Florida •Public Defender Howard Finkelstein fires two for social media comments •Michael Mayo’s essay Driven
Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Artis and education leaders Fran Allegra of SEED Miami and Gorge Cabrerra, President & CEO, ASPIRA of Florida were interviewed at the studios of WPBT by journalist Helen Ferrè in a roundtable setting on the public affairs show ISSUES. The group discussed the topic: the evolution of alternative education in Miami.
Friday, July 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 6 @ 12:00 PM
New Charter School Option in Miami This August, a new school will open in Miami, where charter school meets boarding school - The Seed School of Miami and Florida Memorial University have teamed up for this unique academic learning environment, where at-risk students from 6th to 12th grade will live and study on campus and follow a college-prep education model. Guests: Fran Allegra,SEED School of Miami Roslyn Artis, J.D., Ed.D.,Florida Memorial University George Cabrera,ASPIRA of Florida
Friday, July 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 6 @ 12:00 PM
New Charter School Option in Miami This August, a new school will open in Miami, where charter school meets boarding school - The Seed School of Miami and Florida Memorial University have teamed up for this unique academic learning environment, where at-risk students from 6th to 12th grade will live and study on campus and follow a college-prep education model.
Guests: Fran Allegra,SEED School of Miami Roslyn Artis, J.D., Ed.D.,Florida Memorial University George Cabrera,ASPIRA of Florida
Economic Development in SE Florida Research has shown that minorities are driving development in Southeast Florida. According to PolicyLink, a research institute advancing economic and social equity, by the year 2040, 76 percent of the region’s population is anticipated to be people of color - with Hispanic, Asian and black populations leading the way. So what is the best way to prepare for equitable growth?
Guest: Isabel Cosio Carballo, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Friday, June 27 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, June 29 @ 12:00 PM
2015 Miami-Dade County Budget Mayor Carlos Gimenez is set to propose his 2015 budget to commissioners next week for approval. In an attempt to fulfill his original pledge not to raise taxes when he took office in 2011, the mayor is recommending shifting money from property taxes which fund services such as the county’s fire department, and putting it toward the county's libraries. Will this be the key to a balanced budget?
Guest: Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade County Libraries Miami-Dade County’s libraries are preparing for a $45 million budget in the upcoming fiscal year, which is five million less than the current budget. But, advocates estimate that $64 million is the real cost of keeping the libraries up and running. Though mayor is working on restoring library funding in his proposed budget, is it enough to make the system sound?
Guests: John Quick, Esq., Weiss Serota Helfman, P.L. Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm